Trade show booth full of people talking to each other.
The Digital Lumens booth at Lightfair 2018.

With more than 270,000 net square feet of exhibits and over 25,000 attendees, Lightfair is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. The theme for Lightfair 2018 (May 8-10 in Chicago) is “Leading the way to a connected future.” Smart lighting and building solutions which increase energy savings, automate manual tasks and monitor facilities advance the 2018 theme forward.

How do businesses move toward a connected future and maximum operational efficiency?

It Starts With Lighting Solutions

At Lightfair 2018, the optimization of lighting systems using the Internet of Things (IoT) technology is a hot topic. The opportunity is especially prime for industrial organizations like food and beverage manufacturers, warehouse and distribution companies, and many more connecting to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), a commercial business version of the IoT, which is forecasted to add $14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030.

Intelligent LED fixtures with embedded sensors create or link to IIoT platforms, and transmit data to software applications like SiteWorx Tune. Using the sensor-laden lighting fixtures and the software application, facilities can control, customize, and automate lighting to achieve and verify up to 90% in energy savings. Facility and operations managers can easily access key data readings through the application and adjust lighting strategies like daylight harvesting and task tuning for maximum efficiency.

Using a mobile device to control overhead facility lights
Monitor your facility’s lighting, temperature and humidity, power usage, and more with the SiteWorx software application.

You Don’t Need a Complete Lighting System Overhaul

It’s not realistic for all businesses to rip out their current lighting system and implement intelligent LEDs to make their facility more efficient. Many businesses are seeking IIoT solutions but struggle with the infrastructure investment, understanding what technology is the best fit for them, and many other factors.

Thanks to Digital Lighting Agents (DLAs), virtually any LED light can connect to the IIoT. DLAs are smart sensors which affix to high-bay, low-bay and linear lighting fixtures. The newly released Digital Lighting Agent – Micro (DLA-M), is born out of the need for industrial settings like factories and warehouses to link up their offices and ancillary spaces with lower ceiling heights to create a fully connected facility. The DLA-M is the smallest DLA available and perfect of office spaces, allowing for an enterprise-wide smart lighting solution.

Lighting Solutions Are Just the Beginning

Because they are evenly spread throughout the facility and high above the action, intelligent LED lighting systems provide the ideal base for additional smart sensors to track vital non-lighting facility data. The SiteWorx Sense software application tracks, reports and verifies temperature and relative humidity, power metering and occupancy patterns. By looking at the data trends and anomalies, facility managers can easily access and monitor the building’s power usage rates, employee foot traffic and check environmental conditions. For businesses required to comply with strict environmental regulations,  customized alerts can be set to sound when temperature and humidity levels travel outside of their ideal range. These alerts can safeguard temperature sensitive products and save the facility itself from environmental damage.

Based on the exhibits, speakers and buzz at Lightfair 2018, the connected future for business means a continuation of implementing intelligent LED solutions and a shift toward a smart building systems.

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