Philips Lighting Creates Partner Ecosystem for Indoor Positioning

Philips Lighting recently announced its Location Lab partner program, comprised of companies developing innovative applications for its highly accurate indoor positioning system.

The Location Lab partner program enables collaboration with industry leaders and start-ups to explore novel uses of the Philips’ indoor positioning system that appeal to innovation leaders in retail, malls, offices and other industries.

First partners to join include leaders in IT and system integration such as SAP1, Microsoft, and Capgemini, strategic enterprise technology advisors and market leaders in handheld computers and electronic shelf labels such as Zebra Technologies and SES-imagotag, location based service software providers such as Favendo, Adactive, Vipera, Nakko and Mapiq, and parties active in robotics such as Blue Jay.

The announcement of the Location Lab partner program builds on Philips Lighting’s previously announced partnership with product mapping and search provider Aisle411 and the YellowDot program to open the technology to other lighting OEMs. Partners in the Location Lab program get access to Philips’ indoor positioning software development kit and an evaluation kit comprised of indoor positioning LED lights. This allows them to easily gain familiarity with the indoor positioning technology and explore innovative use cases.

Philips Lighting utilizes a combination of its Visible Light Communication technology, Bluetooth, and the smartphone’s inertial sensors to deliver an indoor positioning system that offers 30 cm accuracy plus orientation, in-pocket notifications, and analytics. Visible Light Communication works by individual light points transmitting their location through modulation of light that can be detected by a smart phone camera but not by the human eye. The data stream is one-way and no personal data is collected by the lighting system.

This is a fascinating technology with a lot of potential. I’m looking forward to seeing where visible light communication will take us.

LEDs Magazine has more here.

Lighting Research Center Expands Lighting Institute

The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is offering the next LED Lighting Institute on April 25-27, 2017.

This popular hands-on seminar covers the latest advances in solid-state lighting, Internet of Things (IoT) and manufacturing. The program culminates with participants designing, building, and evaluating their own luminaires, now including custom 3D printed components.

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Product Monday: AC-Powered LED Grazing Light by Acclaim

Acclaim Lighting’s AL Graze AC is a high-output, low-profile, AC-powered luminaire for outdoor and indoor linear grazing applications.

IP66-rated for wet and dry locations, AL Graze AC contains an onboard AC+DMX driver with RDM addressing for internal control. The linear LED luminaire offers CCTs of 2700K, 3000K, 3500K or 4000K along with RGB, RGBW RGBA and Dynamic White (2400K-5500K). Beam angles can be set at 10º x 60º, 30º x 60º, 10º x 10º, 60º x 60º for maximum reach. Mounting 30º swivel mount and fixed flat mount are included with the unit for a wide range of applications.

Available in 1- and 4- foot sections with a linkable cable system for multiple configurations, AL Graze AC draws 9W per linear foot while operating at 100-277VAC. The AC-powered unit maintains 70% lumens at 150,000 hours and provides approximately 419 lumens/ft (4000K, 30º x 60º). This high-output luminaire operates at temperatures of -4°F to 123°F (-20°C to 50°C). Five-year warranty.

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IES 2017 Conference Call for Speakers

Authors of papers related to the art, science and practice of illumination are invited to submit abstracts for papers and posters to be considered for presentation in either a paper or poster session at the 2017 IES Annual Conference, to be held in Portland, OR from August 10-12, 2017.

The procedure for accepting papers and posters related to both research and application will involve a review of extended abstracts, which are due May 1, 2017 (papers) and May 22, 2017 (posters). Acceptance decisions will be based on the potential technical quality, originality, impact and relevance to the conference audience.

Authors will be informed of the acceptance of papers and posters during the first week of June.

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Acuity Brands’ Peter Ngai on Surround Lighting Concept

At LEDucation 2016, Acuity Brands’ Peter Ngai discusses the concept of surround lighting as a notable strategy. This strategy introduces another layer to ambient-task in workspaces. Its purpose is to light the volume of the space by emphasizing vertical illumination.

Using a simulation, Ngai demonstrates that adding surround lighting can increase dimensionality (better modeling) and energy savings while allowing the lighting to be tuned to local application needs.

Check it out here:

Task, Surround, Ambient Lighting from LEDucation on Vimeo.

Architecture Billings Index Dips Into Negative Territory in January

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dipped slightly into negative territory in January after a very strong showing in December.

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate 9- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 49.5, down from a score of 55.6 in the previous month. This score reflects a minor decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.0, up from a reading of 57.6 the previous month.

“This small decrease in activity, taking into consideration strong readings in project inquiries and new design contracts, isn’t exactly a cause for concern,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “The fundamentals of a sound nonresidential design and construction market persist.”

Key January ABI highlights:

• Regional averages: South (54.2), Northeast (53.0), Midwest (52.4), West (48.8)
• Sector index breakdown: institutional (54.6), commercial / industrial (53.4), mixed practice (48.1), multi-family residential (48.1)
• Project inquiries index: 60.0
• Design contracts index: 52.1

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

Lighting and the Visual Environment for Seniors and the Low Vision Population (ANSI/IES RP-28-16)

Seniors represent the fastest-growing segment of the population with over 40 million Americans over 65 (U.S. Census Bureau, The Older Population. 2010), with over 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day. The over-40 population represents approximately 89 million people and of those, 63% have vision problems (National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health 2010).

Published by the Illuminating Engineering Society, Lighting and the Visual Environment for Seniors and the Low-Vision Population (RP-28-16) is intended to increase designers’ understanding of age-related vision loss and the importance of their design decisions that could impact the safety and independence of this growing sector of the population.

In the 2007 edition, applications were primarily directed at housing and senior care facilities, but in the 2016 edition, coverage has been expanded to new areas of interest including offices, hospitality, healthcare, commercial and places of assembly. RP-28-16 has also been revised to serve a wider range of users, including individuals, design professionals, owners/managers of commercial buildings, code and regulatory agencies and legislative bodies.

It is well understood that healthcare costs will increase as our elderly population ages. As the United States braces for this huge economic impact, appropriate lighting and a supportive visual environment should be considered as a preventive measure to reduce the risk of falls, sleep disorders and long-term care, and therefore given a top priority by all code officials, governmental agencies and the tax-paying public.

Click here to order RP-28-16.

Product Monday: Mellow Light by Zumtobel

Zumtobel’s Mellow Light is a family of luminaires offering separately controllable dual light channels (bright direct and gentle light wings), enabling customized general and task lighting.

Up to 4,400 lumens in 2×2 and 1×4 sizes, 80+ CRI, 3000-4000K CCT, recessed and surface-mounted models.

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ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine Covers Lighting Certifications

My contributions to the February issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR included an article about lighting certifications, covering the LC, CLD, CLMC, CLCP, CLEP, CALCTP and NALCTP.

Check it out here.

PC LED Lights Can Be Used to Hack Data

PC WORLD recently published an article about the type of visible light communication we don’t want, one that leaks passwords and other data.

Here’s how it works. Malware hijacks the blinking lights on a PC, which then transmit data to a drone.

The researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev demonstrated how it could be done in the below video:

Check out the article here.

Another article talked about how researchers were able to hack Philips Hue smart lamps from a drone, which you can read here.