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September 18, 2015

Smart IoT connected lighting to make European debut

European Power over Ethernet smart lighting installation is responsive to humans' bio signals, creating better human-centric lighting intensities.

By Joao Lima

Set to be unveiled in October, the project has been developed over the last three years in a joint collaboration between Cisco, the University of Strathclyde’s Technical Innovation Centre and British tech company amBX.

The developers said that smart connected lighting controls will mean that lighting systems will become much quicker and easier to install with faster and richer in configuration.

amBX was the partner developing the software used in the system to deliver high performance lighting control (HPLC) without the need for costly programming and complex technical interfaces.

The company explained that the scalable technology works by controlling the lighting in a single space or multiple spaces based around end-user needs.

This includes environmental factors such as levels of daylight, time of day, temperature, whether the space is in use or not and any other measureable parameter.

The software will help to design the best implementation of the technology by analysing all the data extracted from the mentioned end-user needs. The technology can also be combined with daylight harvesting systems.

amBX added that bio-adaptive lighting provides artificial light controlled in such a way as to match the needs of human biological cycles.

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Humans’ biological cycles, also known as circadian rhythms, physically, mentally and behaviourally change on a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness.

The company said the solution has been designed primarily for the commercial lighting market to address three key sectors in this industry including connected, commercial lighting and bio-adaptive lighting.

Neil Macdonald, COO at amBX, said: "Complex programming has long been the Achilles heel of lighting control.

"Controlling lighting using Power over Ethernet lights in this way will enable building owners and users to use richer, bio-adaptive lighting in new ways to create healthier, more productive workspaces and environments.

"This will lead to better human-centric lighting at desks, in meeting rooms and public spaces, in terms of intensity and colour changes."

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