Osram Launches Building Automation and IoT Platform Lightelligence

Osram has introduced a platform for building automation and IoT services that it calls Lightelligence. The building automation and IoT platform name obviously combines the words light and intelligence.

According to Osram, the Lightelligence platform examines data from a variety of sensots to provide valuable insights into the conditions of use and environmental conditions of rooms among other things. Furthermore the company says that Lightelligence makes it possible to combine the controls from lighting, air conditioning, the alarm system, and emergency power supply
Osram presented a software platform at the Light + Building conference in Frankfurt that goes far beyond intelligent lighting control.

“In a particularly intelligent building, we were able to radically reduce the power consumption of light with the help of our new Lightelligence platform,” said Stefan Kampmann, CTO of OSRAM Licht AG. “Users can save even more money by bringing together various intelligent control systems in buildings through the Lightelligence platform.”

The company boasts that at its own plant in Traunreut its Lightelligence achieved energy savings of greater than 90 percent over a one-year test.

On the one hand, the conventional lighting was switched to LED. The switch to LED lighting alone saved 60 percent power of the power for lighting. With help from intelligent light-on-demand control with motion detectors, the energy savings for lighting was boosted to 75 percent, and in total, the electricity savings in the warehouse and logistics area of the plant can be raised to more than 90 percent.

“With our technology, we are increasingly establishing ourselves as spatial interpreters,” said Thorsten Müller, Head of Innovation at Osram. ”

As Osram points out, lights are everywhere in every building and have a power connection. Both of these characteristics make it ideal for setting up IoT infrastructure and sensors that collect and evaluate data about space utilization and operating conditions.

Osram uses recipes for platform economics. “Successful platform operators have created effective developer ecosystems,” says Müller. “We also apply this logic to Lightelligence: Users of our open platform can use a fully developed infrastructure without having to set up or maintain it themselves.”

The light specialist RZB of Bamberg is one of Osram’s first customers to use the new Lightelligence platform.

The Internet of Things (IoT) platform makes it possible to perform automated functional testing of emergency lighting systems. In public or commercial buildings the law stipulates that the emergency lighting systems should be tested regularly. Frequently, employees still have to walk through the buildings and check the lighting function of each emergency exit sign. However, Osram says that the mandatory testing and documentation can be done remotely with sensors and Lightelligence, significantly reducing the building’s operating costs.

Man performs manual check of emergency lighting

A Man performs manual check of emergency lighting–testing that could be done remotely with Osram’s Lightelligence platform.

The Lightelligence system can integrate various components and control systems. Osram claims that the system is open for the integration of products, programs, and interfaces from all manufacturers. This helps the systems work together better, thus saving costs.

For example, motion detectors that are installed for lighting control can also be used by the alarm system and the heating control. Air quality sensors can be controlled via the air conditioning or the automatic window control, or even by the fire alarm system. A brightness sensor could be used in addition to the control of blinds for the dimming of the interior lighting. The blinds can also be controlled via the fire alarm system and the burglar alarm.

Lightelligence Can Run Variety of Software Programs

Osram says it Lightelligence platform can run a wide variety of software programs. For instance, sensor-based logistics solutions from Osram in warehouses can enable users to record inventories, to optimize storage use, or to monitor the room climate for perishable goods with help of sensors installed with the lighting infrastructure.

For office buildings, Osram gives the example of using presence detection that was installed for lighting to also help manage the occupancy and room cleaning of meeting rooms more efficiently. The company describes another potential use in which retail stores could utilize location-based services to enhance customer approach. Logistically, the company points out that movable goods could be located within buildings. In hospitals, beds or medical devices could be located without delay.

Osram insists that programmers of such smart applications can save significant development time through the structured development environment and the use of available software modules. Osram utilizes the Microsoft cloud platform Azure to provide the Lightelligence IoT Platform.