Connected lighting is bigger than you think
Bluetooth device network can realize the automation and centralized control of basic building systems, including HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning), security and lighting, etc., thereby saving energy, reducing operating costs and increasing the service life of the building's core systems. Currently, connected lighting is the most popular among large-scale use cases.
In addition to intelligent control of lighting, connected lighting can also provide support for the automation of the entire building. Bluetooth wireless lighting solutions can be used as a platform to further support landmark solutions (PoI) in buildings, indoor navigation, asset tracking, and smart buildings.
EMEA Developer Relations Manager Martin Woolley of the Bluetooth Technology Alliance said: "The Bluetooth mesh network creates a distributed platform and conversation grid that can be applied to other wireless building services, thereby creating more possibilities. By using a system of interconnected devices such as mesh networks, buildings can not only automatically control lighting, but also adjust temperature, track assets, save a lot of resources, and obtain environmental and economic benefits at the same time. ”
Bluetooth mesh is currently rapidly becoming a wireless communication platform for many control systems, including lighting control solutions for smart buildings and smart industrial markets. Industry leaders such as Fulham and Silvair have begun to use Bluetooth mesh technology to achieve LED lighting control.
Russ Sharer, vice president of business development at Fulham, said: "Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been weighing the best way to achieve smart lighting control, and our cooperation with Silvair marks the launch of Fulham's new wireless lighting Control has taken a critical step. As the industry moves towards true smart lighting, the support for Bluetooth mesh also marks the next reasonable trend of lighting communication. ”
More than just a lighting platform
“Using the Bluetooth mesh network, the concept of active maintenance can be implemented to simple objects such as lighting sources," said Silvair CEO Szymon Slupik."Then, with the multi-service nature of Bluetooth wireless technology, these lighting It can support other services. The value of these additional services provided by smart lighting is seven to ten times higher than the value of lighting control and energy saving itself. ”
Bluetooth wireless sensor network (WSN) can monitor light, temperature, humidity and occupancy, thereby improving employee productivity, reducing building operating costs, and better meeting equipment maintenance needs and reducing unplanned downtime.
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has replaced the original halogen lighting with a Bluetooth LED module. These lights are controlled by Bluetooth switches and use EnOcean energy harvesting technology to power battery-less switches. In fact, the job is very simple. Two museum employees replaced 100 lights in one night, which did not interfere with the daily operation of the museum.
The Van Gogh Museum has installed Bluetooth sensors that can transmit data such as occupancy rate, lux (lighting brightness) level, temperature and humidity. These sensors help museums better preserve priceless artworks by controlling the environment. Lamps, sensors, and gateways can be used as Bluetooth Beacon to support the museum to provide navigation services and landmark information based on the location of visitors in the museum.
Retailers are the earliest adopters of the landmark (PoI) Beacon. One of the US retail giants, Target, replaced traditional ceiling lights with LED lights when renovating their stores. At the same time, Target installed a Bluetooth Beacon to realize positioning and navigation solutions in the lamps. Customers can navigate in the store and find specific products through the APP. This is currently one of the largest lighting-based indoor positioning solutions.
Further growth in the future
Connected lighting is bigger than you think
In the next five years, “lighting is the platform” will be increasingly used in control, monitoring, and automation systems, opening the way for the explosive growth of Bluetooth device network deployment. ABI Research predicts that by 2022, Bluetooth automation, monitoring and control equipment will be part of the device network, and the annual shipment will exceed 500 million. The Bluetooth device network will be from control and monitoring to the entire building automation, and it will be the entire Internet of Things (IoT). Provide support in smart facilities.
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