Category: Controls

New PoE Consortium Promotes The Benefits Of PoE

Seven smart-building companies are joining forces to bring more attention to the value of Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) lighting and technology.

Image: PoEConsortium.com

Seven smart-building companies are joining forces to bring more attention to the value of Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) lighting and technology. The companies created an industry organization known as the PoE Consortium. Their collective mission is to educate stakeholders on the benefits of PoE over traditional high-voltage electrical infrastructure, including more interoperability for smart buildings.

The founding members of the PoE Consortium are:

  • Igor, specializing in enterprise smart building infrastructure, software and online services
  • GENISYS PoE, a PoE lighting system manufactured by Innovative Lighting
  • Mecho, a leader in the commercial shading industry
  • MHT, a PoE-based smart building lighting, technology, and software controls company
  • Platformatics, specializing in data collection and storage for complex building systems
  • PoE Texas, delivering PoE enabled amenities and building automation
  • Sinclair Digital Services, a design and implementation firm with a focus on DC microgrids, battery energy storage systems, and associated Software Platforms.

The PoE Consortium maintains an online hub of resources for education and training here. Explainer articles, project calculators, and case studies are currently available on the site. Soon, the site will include training and qualification courses for installers and integrators to ensure the quality of PoE projects.

 

 

No Comments on New PoE Consortium Promotes The Benefits Of PoE

US Government Launching Labeling Program For Cybersecurity Of IoT Devices

The Biden administration said it will launch a cybersecurity labeling program for consumer Internet of Things (IoT) devices starting in 2023 in an effort to protect Americans from “significant national security risks.”

The Biden administration said it will launch a cybersecurity labeling program for consumer Internet of Things (IoT) devices starting in 2023 in an effort to protect Americans from “significant national security risks.”

Image: Bryce Durbin / TechCrunch

Inspired by ENERGY STAR, a labeling program operated by US EPA to promote energy efficiency, the White House is planning to roll out a similar IoT labeling program to the “highest-risk” devices starting next year, a senior Biden administration official said following a recent National Security Council meeting with consumer product associations and device manufacturers.

The initiative, described by White House officials as “ENERGY STAR for cyber,” will help Americans to recognize whether devices meet a set of basic cybersecurity standards devised by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Though specifics of the program have not yet been confirmed, the administration said it will “keep things simple.” The labels, which will be “globally recognized” and debut on devices such as routers and home cameras, will take the form of a “barcode” that users can scan using their smartphone rather than a static paper label, the administration official said. The scanned barcode will link to information based on standards, such as software updating policies, data encryption and vulnerability remediation.

The announcement comes after the White House last year ordered NIST and the FTC to explore two labeling pilot programs on cybersecurity capabilities for IoT devices. It also comes after the U.K. government last year introduced an IoT security bill in Parliament, requiring device manufacturers, importers, and distributors to meet certain cybersecurity standards.

Read the full story in TechCrunch here.

Comments Off on US Government Launching Labeling Program For Cybersecurity Of IoT Devices

It Matters: CSA Releases The Matter 1.0 Interoperability Standard For Smart Home IoT

The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) released the Matter 1.0 specification and the opening of the Matter certification program on October 4th.

The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) released the Matter 1.0 specification and the opening of the Matter certification program on October 4th. Member companies that make up all facets of the IoT now have a complete program for bringing the next generation of interoperable products that work across brands and platforms to market with greater privacy, security, and simplicity for consumers.

Image courtesy of Connectivity Standards Alliance

As part of the Matter 1.0 release, authorized test labs are open for product certification, the test harnesses and tools are available, and the open-source reference design software development kit (SDK) is complete – all to bring new, innovative products to market. Further, Alliance members with devices already deployed and with plans to update their products to support Matter can now do so, once their products are certified.

Over 280 member companies — including AmazonAppleComcastGoogleSamsung SmartThings, and Signify — have brought their technologies, experience, and innovations together to ensure Matter met the needs of all stakeholders, including users, product makers, and platforms. Collectively, these companies led the way through requirements and specification development, reference design, multiple test events, and final specification validation to reach this industry milestone.

More than just a specification, the Matter 1.0 standard launches with test cases and comprehensive test tools for Alliance members and a global certification program including eight authorized test labs that are primed to test not only Matter, but also Matter’s underlying network technologies, Wi-Fi and Thread. Wi-Fi enables Matter devices to interact over a high-bandwidth local network and allows smart home devices to communicate with the cloud. Thread provides an energy-efficient and highly reliable mesh network within the home. Both the Wi-Fi Alliance and Thread Group partnered with the Connectivity Standards Alliance to help realize the complete vision of Matter.

This initial release of Matter, running over Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Thread, and using Bluetooth Low Energy for device commissioning, will support lighting and other common smart home products, including electrical, HVAC controls, window coverings, and shades, safety and security sensors, door locks, media devices including TVs, controllers as both devices and applications, and bridges.

Read the full CSA announcement here.

 

Comments Off on It Matters: CSA Releases The Matter 1.0 Interoperability Standard For Smart Home IoT

Signify’s WIZ Now Offers Motion-Detection Without Sensors

Signify has introduced a new app, features, and products for its WiZ smart lighting system to enhance convenience. The new offerings include SpaceSense™, a motion detection technology for the lighting system that doesn’t require any sensor to be installed.

Signify has introduced a new app, features, and products for its WiZ smart lighting system to enhance convenience. The new offerings include SpaceSense™, a motion detection technology for the lighting system that doesn’t require any sensor to be installed. The new WiZ app V2 and the SpaceSense™ feature are available at the end of September 2022.

The SpaceSense feature uses Wi-Fi signals that are already present in the room to detect motion – without the need for dedicated sensors and batteries. Wi-Fi signals are slightly disturbed when people move around in a room, like a ripple in a swimming pool. By measuring the small deviations in signal strength caused by those disturbances, the WiZ lights can determine if there is an object moving in the room.

The detection is omnidirectional and doesn’t require line of sight during installation, like traditional motion sensors. The sensitivity of the system can be adjusted, for example, to prevent pets from turning the lights on and off while running in and out of the room. It requires installing at least two lights per room and connecting them with the WiZ app V2. The new feature is completely opt-in so WiZ users can decide for themselves whether they would like to make use of the motion-detection feature.

The full Signify article about the latest WIZ products can be read here.

Comments Off on Signify’s WIZ Now Offers Motion-Detection Without Sensors

The Paradigm Shift In Controls

C. Webster Marsh authored an interesting article about the latest paradigm shift in lighting control design. Lighting controls have moved from on-off to dimming, to color-tuning and/or color-changing, and now to circuit dependent or independent, as control signals moved beyond line voltage wiring for both wired & wireless controls.

C. Webster Marsh authored an interesting article about the latest paradigm shift in lighting control design. As the above image conveys, lighting controls have moved from on-off to dimming, to color-tuning and/or color-changing, and now to circuit dependent or independent, as control signals moved beyond line voltage wiring for both wired & wireless controls.

The article was published on the Lighting Controls Association (LCA) website in early August. It argues that this paradigm change facilitated more advanced control solutions, which is altering the landscape of lighting control systems. Many designers, manufacturers, and contractors are resisting this change, however, and it appears as though controls are headed towards a third paradigm shift that will sustain those who adapt and eliminate those who don’t.

You can read the full article about the shift to dynamic, circuit-agnostic lighting controls here.

Comments Off on The Paradigm Shift In Controls

“The Why” of Toggled iQ Networked Lighting Controls

In July, I wrote an article about a LightFair product demonstration that I received from Toggled, of their new wireless smart lighting platform, Toggled iQ. In that story, I focused on the various components (sensors, controllers, smart TLEDs, etc.), and the performance capabilities of those components.

What I didn’t cover was the question of why invest the additional time and money in a wireless networked lighting control system, like Toggled iQ.

In July, I wrote an article about a LightFair product demonstration that I received from Toggled, of their new wireless smart lighting platform, Toggled iQ. In that story, I focused on the various components (sensors, controllers, smart TLEDs, etc.), and the performance capabilities of those components.

What I didn’t cover was the question of why invest the additional time and money in a wireless networked lighting control system like Toggled iQ.

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Converting a building from fluorescent to LED lighting can save up to 60% in lighting energy savings. Adding additional layers such as controls and back-end data analytics can add another 20% in energy savings.

Implementation of available Toggled iQ analytics capabilities allows users to manage and actively engage in improving their facilities’ energy efficiency. Device sensors provide data to Toggled iQ analytics tools which help identify areas that may be underperforming from an efficiency standpoint or flag areas that may not be used as often as originally thought – allowing for future efficiency adjustments.

OCCUPANT EXPERIENCE

By providing an optimal occupant experience, the Toggled iQ smart building platform can increase overall tenant satisfaction and can improve long-term tenant retention. Everything from lighting to HVAC can be customized and controlled in real-time, whether it be a single fixture, room, building or campus, all from the Toggled iQ mobile app. The building can be controlled by the organization or an individual.

PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE

Predicting the remaining useful life of a building asset based on real-time data provided by Toggled iQ Analytics allows organizations to create, manage, and optimize maintenance schedules.

Toggled iQ Analytics provides multiple tools to help identify potential signs of deterioration, anomalies, and actual equipment performance issues in real-time. Collected data allows for the development of predictive maintenance schedules, which ensures assets continue to work at their optimal levels for as long as possible. Real-time data and predictive maintenance schedules also help to reduce labor costs associated sending crews out for maintenance that may not have been necessary.

WORKER SAFETY & PRODUCTIVITY

Maintaining clean building spaces will be key for those returning to work, post-pandemic. Part of that maintenance includes air quality. Toggled iQ devices can monitor and optimize air quality.

Providing quality lighting environments is also important. Toggled iQ lets end users tweak and tailor their lighting environment to make their workspaces more pleasant, efficient, and productive.

Flexible in-person workspaces can enhance collaboration and communication at work. Building owners and corporate leaders can develop their own unique workspaces that align to their organizational culture and environment. The control system can change room configurations in seconds, with the mobile app.

SPACE UTILITIZATION

Uncertainty in the pandemic has made it difficult for building facility professionals to optimize their spaces without wasting resources. Building data collection, utilizing Toggled iQ sensors and devices, combined with Toggled iQ Analytics enables building owners and facility managers to make informed office space utilization decisions.

The platform is capable of continuous monitoring of employees’ workspace usage and overall real estate utilization. Based on real-time data, facility managers can now better understand employees’ actual workspace demand and track workspace pattern changes to determine needs and optimize space. Workspace optimization Increases employee productivity and happiness and reduces costs by increasing space efficiency.

More information on the Toggled iQ wireless control platform can be found here.

Comments Off on “The Why” of Toggled iQ Networked Lighting Controls

Product Monday: Ubicquia Platform Creates Smart Cities With Existing Streetlights

Ubicquia has released two streetlight platforms designed for smart cities that integrates Wi-Fi, 4K cameras, directional microphones and neural artificial intelligence (AI) processors.

Electronics 360 recently ran an article about a smart city platform startup called Ubicquia. The new company has released two streetlight platforms designed for smart cities that integrates Wi-Fi, 4K cameras, directional microphones and neural artificial intelligence (AI) processors.

Called UbiHub, the platforms are compatible with more than 360 million existing streetlights worldwide and can be installed in seconds into the existing streetlight photocell socket. The platforms allow cities and law enforcement to transform existing streetlights into a network of connected digital assets. UbiHub can enhance existing use cases by:

  • Enabling faster crime detection, investigation, and deterrence.
  • Reducing traffic congestion.
  • Improving pedestrian safety.
  • Increasing bicycle lane utilization.
  • Expanding city broadband deployments to commercial areas and parks.

The UbiHub AP6 is a triband Wi-Fi access point that gives communities and municipalities the ability to enable public Wi-Fi. It uses power over Ethernet to support third-party equipment including cameras or license plate readers.

The more advanced UbiHub AP/AI includes the same features as the AP6 but also integrated dual 4K cameras, direction microphones, a neural AI processor and 15 days of video storage.

The platforms are managed and monitored by Ubicquia’s cloud visualization and analytics management system called UbiVu. The system also support APIs that integrate with third party video management systems, evidence clearance platforms and police real-time crime centers.

Ubicquia has already deployed the systems to several cities in the U.S.:

  • West Hollywood, California – The city is using the platforms for smart city traffic and curb management capabilities for data on traffic, bicycle and pedestrians as well as public safety measures and future planning development needs for its residents.
  • County of Hawai’i – UbiHub is being used to bring free, high-speed internet to Pana’ewa Park, a recreational and educational area in a zoological and botanical area of the county. The city said the deployment of the streetlight platform is an important step to expanding its broadband and closing the digital divide throughout Hawai’i Island.
  • Ontario, California – 12,500 UbiCells were deployed in Ontario, California, for smart lighting analytics and energy savings. The city said the system helps address the digital divide by rolling out public Wi-Fi and boosting public safety in one platform.

The full article is available here.

Comments Off on Product Monday: Ubicquia Platform Creates Smart Cities With Existing Streetlights

Product Monday: Pharos Architectural Controls Transform Ely Cathedral

As part of the Church of England’s commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030, renovations are being undertaken at the historic Ely Cathedral in East Cambridgeshire, England. To help achieve this, the lighting at Ely Cathedral is currently being upgraded to a more energy-efficient and sustainable system. 

Ely Cathedral is located in the city of Ely, in East Cambridgeshire, England The site can be dated back to AD 763, when it began as an abbey church built by St Etheldreda. The current building dates from 1083, and Ely was elevated to cathedral status in 1109.

As part of the Church of England, Ely Cathedral is committed to being carbon neutral by 2030. To help achieve this, the lighting at Ely Cathedral is currently being upgraded to a more energy-efficient and sustainable system. The work has been split into phases, with phase 1 focusing on the exterior of the Cathedral’s Octagon Tower.

While the Cathedral is primarily a place of worship, it is also an important heritage attraction, a venue for music and events, and an occasional location for filming. It was important to ensure that any new lighting scheme was capable of showing the architecture off to its full potential, while supporting a range of uses and enhancing the Cathedral’s daily round of worship. The new system will reveal more of the detail and beauty of the building, while being less visually intrusive.

The project’s goal was to remove the existing flood lighting and create a more flexible and controllable design, while offering increased energy efficiency. The flexibility of the lighting controls is important, as it allows the Cathedral to use colors and dynamic lighting to mark special occasions or events, such as red, white and blue for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, or the colors of the liturgical calendar. The previous lighting allowed for only a single color. In addition, the new system has removed the need for someone to change the lighting manually when required, which incurred time and cost.

To deliver the control aspect of the exterior lighting design, Pharos Architectural Controls were used. A Pharos TPC (Touch Panel Controller) is now used by the Cathedral, offering a customizable 4.3” touch screen with a single Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) network connection. The touch screen interface allows Ely Cathedral to create multiple pages of controls and configure their appearance to provide immediate visual feedback.

The Pharos TPC allows for control of lighting levels and playbacks that can transition between scenes, timelines, effects and pixel-mapped media. To increase functionality, a Pharos EXT was also used. The EXT is an extension for the Pharos TPC and together they form a standalone, mains-powered lighting control system with flexible output and show control options. The EXT also provides local DMX and DALI output for the TPC, as well as power and other hardware interfaces.

Project credits: 

Lighting Consultant: Lighting Perceptions

Installation: Bullens

Stakeholder: Funded by Friends

Lighting Control: Pharos Architectural Control

Lighting Fixture Manufacturer:  Studio Due

More information on Pharos Architectural Controls is available here.

Comments Off on Product Monday: Pharos Architectural Controls Transform Ely Cathedral

New Zhaga Books Address In-Field Programming Of Smart Lighting

In February, 2022, Zhaga approved Book 25 “NFC Readers with Bluetooth Interface for In-Field Programming”. This new Zhaga specification defines a Bluetooth Low Energy communication protocol for the communication between the field-maintenance application on a smart device and the Near Field Communication (NFC) reader.

In February, 2022, Zhaga approved Book 25 “NFC Readers with Bluetooth Interface for In-Field Programming”. This new Zhaga specification defines a Bluetooth Low Energy communication protocol for the communication between the field-maintenance application on a smart device and the Near Field Communication (NFC) reader. Together with Book 24, which describes the programming of luminaire components using NFC, these specifications solve the data management problems of smart luminaires with interoperable maintenance tools, enabling configurable luminaires that are easy to service over their entire lifecycle.

An increasing number of lighting applications require reading out parameters and changing settings of LED drivers in the field. Manufacturers of LED luminaires currently use a variety of methods for in-field programming. The new Zhaga NFC Books give installers, system integrators and utility companies the option to select just one programming tool which works with all field-maintenance applications from all vendors implementing Book 25, and all NFC-programmable devices implementing Book 24.

Zhaga Book 25 builds on Book 24 “Programming of Luminaire Components Using NFC”, and adds mobile NFC Readers with a Bluetooth Low Energy interface. It enables maintenance and replaceability with a cross-vendor harmonized method of NFC programming for in-field use.

The specification defines a Bluetooth Low Energy GATT-Service which NFC Reader manufacturers can implement for the communication between the field-maintenance application on a smart device (cell phone, tablet, etc.) and the NFC reader. This allows the field-maintenance application to read and write parameters on NFC enabled LED drivers without the need for a cable-based connection. Field maintenance with Book 25 may also be used for other components requiring programming, such as sensors or connectivity nodes.

Zhaga has also developed the Zhaga-NFC certification program for Book
24 and Book 25 which is available for Regular and Associate Zhaga
members and is provided by Zhaga accredited test centers listed on the
Zhaga website. Only certified NFC readers and NFC-programmable devices can carry the Zhaga-NFC logo. This certification builds trust in the interoperability of components. More information is available here.

Comments Off on New Zhaga Books Address In-Field Programming Of Smart Lighting

Big Activity With U.S. Computer Chip Manufacturing

Many LED drivers, luminaire controllers, and lighting control systems rely on computer chips. The COVID-19 pandemic created major disruptions to the global computer chip supply, affecting everything from cars to computers to all types of consumer electronic products.

Many LED drivers, luminaire controllers, and lighting control systems rely on computer chips. The COVID-19 pandemic created major disruptions to the global computer chip supply, affecting everything from cars to computers to all types of consumer electronic products.

THE CHIPS AND SCIENCE ACT OF 2022

Last week, the U.S. House and Senate each passed the CHIPS and Science Act, which provides $52 Billion to boost domestic production of computer chips, but also contains worker training funds and prevailing wage requirements for employers in the semiconductor industry. At the time of writing this article (7/31), the bill was on President Joe Biden’s desk, awaiting his expected signature. The law will direct $40 Billion to increase manufacturing, and $12 Billion for R&D. Today, only 12% of high-end semiconductor manufacturing is done in the U.S. The CHIPS and Science Act is expected to significantly increase that percentage.

INTEL PLANT

In January of this year, Intel announced plans for a new $20 Billion computer chip manufacrturing hub near Columbus, OH. The company expects it to grow to become one of the largest semiconductor manufacturing sites in the world. Back in June, Intel’s CEO warned that the new plant was in jeopardy if the Congress didn’t pass the CHIPS and Science Act. That issue is resolved with the Senate and House passage of the bill, last week.

SAMSUNG PLANT

In November 2021, Samsung announced its plan to build a $17 Billion computer chip factory, outside Austin, TX. To reinforce the deal, President Biden visited a Samsung plant in South Korea, during his recent visit, in May, 2022.

The three actions above represent $89 Billion of new investment in the US semiconductor production industry. This will boost the US economy and reduce computer chip costs, impacting countless industries, including automotive, computers, consumer electronics, IoT, and lighting.

Comments Off on Big Activity With U.S. Computer Chip Manufacturing

Type on the field below and hit Enter/Return to search