Philips Lighting has launched the company’s next-generation wireless connected lighting system in the UK and US called InterAct Office. The company claims that the system helps businesses cut building energy usage and that it can intelligently analyze office operations.
Furthermore, the company says that the connected lighting system gives businesses data-driven insight into office energy usage. Another potential benefit of the system is that it allows employees to customize light levels with Zigbee-based controls. Also, with a combination of occupancy and motion sensors that allow the system to measure and monitor space utilization
In addition to savings from switching to LED lighting, which can run about 40 to 50 percent compared to conventional fluorescent lighting that the systems replace, the system can also save with the help of occupancy sensing and daylight harvesting. In total, the system can save up to about 70% compared to conventional lighting, according to the company.
Philips Lighting notes that the InterAct Office system can complement the company’s existing Power over Ethernet (PoE) connected LED lighting system.
InterAct Office Embeds Sensors in Lighting Fixtures
InterAct Office embeds sensors in lighting fixtures and the system continually collects granular data from these sensors. Then the Philips Lighting Cloud processes the data, and a dashboard that the company describes as intuitive, lets building and facility managers access the data from anywhere.
While much of the energy saving is immediate, additional savings can be derived from insights and suggestions that the data reveals.
One of the capabilities of the system is monitoring and collecting data about occupancy levels and space management. Such occupancy data can help reveal data such how is the space being used, % occupancy, hours of occupancy, meeting room usage, a category called space management.
Unlike traditional retrofits, Philips Lighting says that the wireless gateways of Philips InterAct Office that connect the lamps and luminaires make it so that real estate owners don’t have to rip-and-replace existing cabling. Each luminaire comes equipped with sensors that collect data about valuable information such as light levels, occupancy, and energy consumption.
This data is encrypted, sent wirelessly to the cloud, and the processed and stored securely. The company points out that because the system is cloud-based and modular, it is highly scalable and can serve multiple locations worldwide.
Lighting as a Service Business Model
One unique aspect of the new system is that Philips Lighting offers the system in a lighting as a service business model in which a company complete installation of the system without the upfront investment. Then, Philips Lighting can remotely monitor, and maintain the lighting. Philips Lighting engineers that monitor the system usage get access to all the data to let them predict when maintenance activities will be needed. The company offers this service for what it describes as a low monthly fee.
Over time, Philips expects to give customers the ability to control some of the lighting system features and functions such as recommissioning when a room changes in size. Eventually, the company said that it plans to let customers do this quickly themselves instead of asking Philips to do it remotely. The company expects that these added customer capabilities will complement customer dashboards of multisite Energy and Occupancy.
As part of the lighting as a service business model, Philips Lighting can offer an all-inclusive package with installation, maintenance, monitoring, replacements, and reporting for companies with a limited budget. According to the company, this lighting as a service option will enable more business across the UK and the US to take advantage of the benefits of connected LED technology and reap the environmental and financial benefits that it can provide.
The company says it plans to come out with application programming interfaces for the system in 2018.