Philips Lighting, based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands has launched a new wireless connected lighting system. The company claims that the Philips InterAct Office system enables building managers to reduce energy consumption by up to 70 percent. Also, Philips Lighting contends that without major office renovation the system can help optimize operations and create a more comfortable environment.
InterAct Office as a Managed Service
The company is first releasing the system in the U.S. The InterAct Office system includes lamps and luminaires equipped with sensors. Philips Lighting both installs and operates the system as a managed service. The company contends that this managed service business model essential eliminates the need for customers to make upfront capital investments.
A network of sensors triggers the system to switch or dim the lights. The sensors also provide granular data such as energy use and room occupancy, and the information is displayed on a user-friendly dashboard.
The wireless Philips InterAct Office complements the company’s existing Power over Ethernet (PoE) connected lighting system. The PoE system targets new build facilities and offices undergoing extensive renovations. However, Philips Lighting designed the wireless InterAct Office for retrofitting existing offices.
“Our new system delivers instant energy savings and requires no upfront investment from customers who pay an easy monthly payment funded by the savings,” said Emmanuel Sabonnadiere, CEO of Philips Lighting’s Professional business. “However, energy savings are just the tip of the iceberg. Our ‘Light as a Service’ model frees customers to focus on their business, while information from sensors in the luminaires gives them unique insights into the use of energy and office space to enhance operational efficiencies.”
Benefits of Connected Lighting
Instead of having to rip out and replace existing cabling, Philips InterAct Office uses wireless gateways that connect the luminaires and lamps.
Sensors integrated with the luminaires acquire information such as light level, occupancy, and energy consumed. This information is first encrypted, then processed and stored securely in the cloud. Then the data is analyzed and presented to customers in a simple, intuitive dashboard.
Scalable, Cloud-based and Modular System
The company says that the cloud-based and modular system is highly scalable and can serve multiple locations worldwide. Also, according to Philips Lighting, the granular data about energy and space usage is easily accessible, and customers can use data-driven insights to optimize their operations. The InterAct Office system can oversee a global operation a single point and generate reports.
The company claims that it can install, commission, and operate and manage the system without hassles, and a wide range of luminaires and lamps can work with the InterAct Office including Philips LED tubes, FluxGrid recessed troffers, and EvoKit.
The wireless Philips Interact Office system is available in the US now and will be in other markets following later this year.