LED technology for illumination was the first great lighting revolution. Connected lighting -- the convergence of digital lighting technology with ICT -- is the second. In practice, connected lighting means enabling LED luminaires with two-way data communications, usually over an IP connection, and deploying them in a building-wide system that includes sensors, location beacons, and wireless communications
Facilities managers and building owners can often make quick but significant progress toward their sustainability goals with connected lighting systems. While the majority of architects and workplace designers agree that space optimization and energy efficiency are two of the most important aspects of sustainability initiatives, most don’t think of looking up, to the ceiling overhead, even though they might find many of the solutions they’re looking for there.
This article describes how connected lighting systems can serve as an enabling platform for IoT applications in smart buildings.
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