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The future of emergency lighting – go wireless!

Wireless connectivity is the future for the emergency lighting industry! Why? Well adding intelligence to your emergency lighting system will lower costs, simplify maintenance, increase customer value and, most importantly, save lives.  

Imagine the fire alarm going off. You are in an unfamiliar building and the emergency lighting sign directs you to the fastest way out. What you don’t know is that the fire is located in that part of the building and you will soon hit the dangerous smoke and be forced to go back…

This is how a traditional emergency lighting system would work. Isn’t it a bit scary that you may be directed towards the fire? Wouldn’t it be better to know directly that the emergency route is closed? 

Adding wireless technology to your emergency lighting system will enable new functionalities and will challenge the way you have looked upon emergency lighting systems in the past. 

 

From manual to Self-testing Emergency Lighting and beyond
Satisfactory function of the emergency lighting system is always key and faultiness tests of the signs needs therefore to be done either by manual inspection or by self-testing functionalities in each unit. Manual inspections is of course time consuming and for a large building, checking all units may take days to carry out.

In self-testing emergency lighting systems the signs check their own condition and transmit an alert via cables to a control unit in the property. But cables drive cost both during installation and when room and buildings layout changes, making it inflexible. 

Going wireless with your emergency lighting system instead of cable wiring will lower your costs and increase your flexibility. 

Self-testing Emergency Lighting, cable connected

 

Adaptive Emergency Lighting
Going wireless is also the first step towards the future of emergency lighting where adaptiveness to real time events can be built into the system. 

If the circumstances changes in the building, either in the physical layout or in the radio environment the network will automatically change to get the best wireless signal and the need for cable rewiring is eliminated. 

With a red cross appearing on the sign in the event of fire warns you that the route may be dangerous. Compared to the static signs you see in buildings today adaptive emergency lighting will react in real time depending on where the fire is located and lead you on a safe route out from the building. 

Adaptive Emergency Lighting built with wireless mesh

 

Extend your product offering
Going wireless is the first step on a journey that can take you far into different service offering opportunities. If you as a supplier of emergency lighting system can offer emergency lighting as-a-service, you have a huge advantage on your competitors. 

Extend your product offering by adding smoke detectors to be able to build adaptiveness by closing or warning on dangerous emergency routes. Add room occupancy sensors and other climate sensors to make it possible for the fire brigade to know where people are locked in the building to make evacuation quicker. 

Voilà – a whole building wide infrastructure is now installed! Why not also use it in the day to day business? By collecting data it’s possible to optimize building usage and energy efficiency and conduct many other analyses. This is something that can be sold or used by 3rd party and thereby create new revenue streams.

The potential by going wireless is huge where increased customer value, new revenue streams and lower cost are just some of the benefits you can add to your offering and most important – saving lives.

Add intelligence and wireless mesh!
To build a wireless emergency lighting system you need to add intelligence in each unit in the system consisting of a radio chip and software. The software, also called an embedded operating system, controls the processes and the radio on the chip making it possible to connect all units in the emergency system in a mesh network.

Mesh functionality is a great fit for wireless emergency systems as you can cover a whole building with connected units in one wireless system where all units are able to relay data. 

LumenRadio is offering an embedded operating system for reliable wireless mesh connectivity called MiraOS. MiraOS is based on patented technologies for example interference avoidance, which is a growing concern in buildings where more and more things are getting connected making it difficult for the data to get through all radio disturbances.  

Also, the possibilities of building large mesh networks with thousands of units connected to the same gateway is a great advantage when it comes to emergency lighting where tall buildings may require thousands of signs connected and synced in the same network. To to have 2-way communication with each unit in the system is key. The benefit for this is to control each unit for individual circumstances e.g. dim a sign at daytime to save energy but also to get remote updates from each unit if it is working or not.

 

If you want to explore more about wireless connectivity, please contact us. If reliability within wireless connectivity is your biggest concern – please challenge us. We will show you what real reliability stands for.

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Wireless control solutions – a big topic at LIGHTFAIR international

LIGHTFAIR International 2019 made it clear that the connected future is here. What is new, what is next and what are the trends within wireless lighting controls? Take part of Niclas thoughts after coming home from the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting event in Philadelphia, USA.

Lighting and lighting manufacturing is not about light bulbs and fixtures anymore – things like IoT connectivity, human centric lighting (HCL), advanced light control for energy savings and more are now features that are being incorporated into lighting systems, all enabled by wireless connectivity.

It is clear that the luminaires of today must be IoT-ready and connected to be future proof. The technology is already here and it is now just a matter to sort out who will be the receiver of all data and who will take action. At LFI (LIGHTFAIR International) it was quite clear that the decision makers in the smart building/city needs to find the model that breaks the silos so the full vision of the IoT enabled fixture can come  true.

Being IoT ready is crucial but when it comes to retrofitting buildings it is more about implementing advanced lighting controls and saving energy. By adding sensors to the luminaire and unleashing the power of smart phones/ apps the barriers to create smart environments is significantly lowered and done right these actions can be part of future IoT solution. A quick walk around the LFI show floor showed that both big and small manufacturers offer some version of control solution connected to sensors, however they all seem to be slightly different and using different protocols to communicate.

Some of the major trends shown at LFI included wireless lighting control, the continued discussion about pros/cons of bluetooth mesh, color temperature tuning and about emergency lighting and the need for, due to new regulations, automatically test exit signage on a regular basis and last but definitely not least; commissioning and maintenance.

Setting up and maintaining advanced light control system must be cost efficient, otherwise we will not see a massive roll out of the connected smart luminare. Done right, an app will take us a long way but the app in itself is not the answer to everything. A smart and efficient commissioning is more than an app – off site preparations and configurations will be key enablers.

With this heavy focus on commissioning and installation we where especially proud to exhibit our AirGlow product where we really have focused on this problem and have a quite unique solution to the market, for example the possibility for bulk commissioning in factory through NFC following the standard MD-SIG and offsite preparations through a desktop interface.

We received very good feedback from booth visitors regarding the ease by which both manufacturers and installers quickly can have their fixtures be IoT ready and within minutes do both commissioning and set different scenes.

If you want to know more about AirGlows commissioning possibilities or about our flexible business model – where you can start with AirGlow for local light control and when your business is ready you can seamlessly switch over to MiraOS with your own hardware for building wide control – Please contact sales! 

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Lightfair 2019 LumenRadio

A unique multi standard wireless lighting control solution showcased at LIGHTFAIR

LumenRadio, the world’s leading wireless lighting controls manufacturer and connectivity enabler, will exhibit at LIGHTFAIR and present their new AirGlow product – a multi standard wireless lighting control solution suitable for both indoor and outdoor light control.  AirGlow is unique in that it can scale from individual light group control to be used for large scale light control systems with IoT connectivity.

Wireless technology provider LumenRadio offers patented technologies, a unique operating system, state of the art radio modules and “off-the-shelf” products which provide ultra-reliable mesh connectivity for the most business critical applications.

Today, LumenRadio is the market leader within wireless DMX and their patented CRMX technology has become a de-facto standard within both Professional lighting and Film lighting. Using the same ultra-reliable connectivity technology, LumenRadio is now entering the Connected Lighting segment, offering fixture manufacturers their new AirGlow product, thereby enabling a quick time to market for reliable wireless connectivity.

AirGlow
At LIGHTFAIR LumenRadio will present AirGlow – a product platform for both indoor and outdoor light controls that can scale from individual light group control to large scale light control system with IoT connectivity. The product comes packed with powerful and easy-to-use features and is compatible with both Bluetooth and their ultra-reliable Mira Mesh technology.

Due to the small size and versatile interfaces, AirGlow for Indoor usage is ideal for integration both into luminaires as well as integration into standard gang or junction boxes.

AirGlow for outdoor incorporates the LumenRadio’s MWA module, which is tailored for outdoor operation. With a line-of-sight range of up to 500m, AirGlow for outdoor offers performance previously only seen with sub-GHz frequencies.

Enabling Coexistence
AirGlow is built on LumenRadio’s embedded Mira operating system, which enables the world’s most resilient wireless mesh connectivity for business critical applications. The core technology is the Cognitive Coexistence patent that enables your product to coexist along with other wireless technologies, not being interfered and not causing interference.

 

A “one stop shop”
LumenRadio is a one-stop-shop when it comes to wireless lighting control. Whether you need wireless DMX for indoor or outdoor or a multi standard lighting control solution compatible with Bluetooth and the ultra-reliable Mira Mesh technology, LumenRadio is the company to turn to.

Showcased at LIGHTFAIR in Philadelphia. May 21-23
Visit us at LIGHTFAIR to learn more about how AirGlow allows unique scalability. Let AirGlow give you a quick time to market for your smart fixtures. You will find us in the IoT Pavilion booth 4344.

For more information read here or contact:
Robert Larsson, Sales Director, Smart Lighting
robert.larsson@lumenradio.com
+46 709 10 24 20

or

Niclas Norlén, CTO
niclas.norlen@lumenradio.com
+46 766 278 728

 

 

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Become IoT ready with connected fixtures

Today, smart lighting and connected fixtures is on every luminaire manufacturers agenda and a quick time-to-market solution to become “IoT ready” is crucial in order to retain or create your competitive advantage. But how do you get smart and rid yourself of  connectivity panic?

 

10 years ago we discussed how and when the LED was going to be used and adopted by the market and many of us were surprised how fast the LED revolution happened. The revolution we see now is within connected fixtures and not only is smart lighting a strong trend for achieving sustainable buildings and energy efficient cities, but today, luminaires in general are expected to be able to do more than just turn on and off.  But the most pressing question regards how fast these new features can be implemented.

 

The LED revolution happened fast and this coming lighting revolution will progress even more rapidly – there is no time to waste. A quick time-to-market solution, to have your luminaires become IoT ready, is crucial in order to retain or create your competitive advantage. But how do you add value to your fixtures and have them become IoT ready now, without having the in-house capabilities and knowledge it takes to develop your own reliable radio communication solution? The answer to this problem is one of the “ready-made” products for easy integration on the market. But the fact is that an IoT implementation is a big change and it requires future possibilities and business development needs to be weighed in in the decision making. So how do you combine rapid time to market and the option to do future developments?

 

With Lumenradio’s AirGlow®, your fixtures will be IoT ready in a matter of minutes. But the main gain, which separates AirGlow® from other wireless lighting controls, is that AirGlow® has unique scaling abilities; it allows for light control of individual rooms but also the possibility to scale and allow for building wide control – all using the same product. This means that you can have your fixtures IoT ready in an instant, and still keep the options open for future developments and expand your offer further on – enabling even more ways to save energy and creating a better tomorrow.

 

Compared to other solutions, in almost every case, you have to choose between either a ready-made product for light control of individual rooms or an operating system for building wide control. With AirGlow® you don’t have to choose – you get both options!  

 

Want to know more about this unique scalability and how AirGlow® with minimum effort gives you maximum possibilities? Stay tuned for next blogpost or visit us at Lux Live (booth K11) to see AirGlow® in real life and stop by for a “Coffee and connectivity” chat.

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