Current Powered by GE and Qualcomm Partner to Bring, Lighting and IoT Services to Qualcomm’s Smart Campus in San Diego

The Qualcomm Smart Campus in San Diego is adding digital sensing technology from Current, powered by GE. GE and Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, announced that Current’s sensors, microservices, and intelligent LED infrastructure would help deliver more energy efficiency and operational savings for Qualcomm’s Smart Campus.
At the same time, the sensing technology from Current powered by GE is extending Qualcomm’s existing intelligent environments showcase for visiting customers. The installation will connect Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions’ edge intelligence gateways powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors to GE’s Predix cloud and make the derived data actionable, predictive and prescriptive.

The newly installed sensors from Current will detect and analyze building occupancy levels. The system will analyze the data about building occupancy levels to help control lighting and HVAC in real time.Qualcomm intends to use the system to drive down energy costs.

The ventilations systems will examine the combined data from occupancy sensors and air-quality sensors for temperature, humidity, and CO2 levels to optimize HVAC systems for energy efficiency while improving the comfort and productivity of occupants. The smart system will employ edge intelligence gateways to support the collection of critical data and normalize and filter the data from the sensors in real time. Additionally, the edge intelligence gateways will seamlessly communicate with enterprise assets such as lighting, energy, water, and HVAC.

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In another IoT application, the project will integrate Qualcomm’ Visible Light Communication (VLC) indoor positioning technology, Qualcomm® Lumicast™, and Current’s LED lighting infrastructure. The lighting will create VLC signals that will act as beacons giving the exact location of each light source. Then, a cell phone app will use a cell phone camera focused up to the LED lights to receive the VLC signal along with photographic data about the location of the luminaires to determine the location of the cell phone with centimeter-level accuracy.

Current’s microservices will give Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions actionable data to use in other applications such as detecting unoccupied conference rooms or meeting areas. This data will give employees immediate insights into which meeting rooms are available.

Kiva Allgood, Vice President, Business Development, Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions, Inc. commented, “This project supports both companies’ efforts to create an Internet of Things in which hundreds of billions of devices and machines intelligently connect to each other and securely make data available to facilities managers, application developers and system integrators around the world by combining Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions edge intelligent gateway data concentration capabilities with GE’s Predix cloud.”

“This installation is a win not only for Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions and Current but to businesses of all kinds looking to optimize environments with data-driven insights,” said John Gordon, Current’s Chief Digital Officer. “This installation will be a sandbox for businesses to experience the predictive and prescriptive benefits of digital technology and take back learnings and ideas to build their own intelligent environments.”