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Osram goes beyond lighting with Lightelligence

In a year-long trial, Osram’s Lightelligence platform reduced energy consumption by over 90 per cent at the company’s site in Traunreut

Lightelligence will help ensure safety signs are illuminated
Lightelligence will help ensure safety signs are illuminated

Lighting and optical semiconductor specialist, Osram, has introduced Lightelligence at the Light+Building fair in Frankfurt that claims to go beyond intelligent light management.


“Using our new Lightelligence platform, we have been able to radically reduce the amount of energy used for lighting in an intelligent building,” says Stefan Kampmann, chief technology officer of OSRAM Licht AG. “Users can save even more money if they combine a range of intelligent control systems in buildings with the Lightelligence platform.”


In a year-long trial, Osram’s Lightelligence platform reduced energy consumption by over 90 per cent at the company’s site in Traunreut, Bavaria. The initial step was to switch the conventional lighting to LEDs, which reduced energy consumption by more than 60 per cent.


By employing intelligent light-on-demand control that uses movement detectors, this was reduced by a further 75 per cent, giving a total reduction of over 90 percent in the site’s warehouse and logistics area.


“Through our technologies, we are further establishing ourselves as a company that understands space,” says Thorsten Müller, head of innovation at Osram. “Lights can be found throughout every building and are connected to the electricity supply. When combined with sensors, they provide the ideal means of collecting and analysing key data about space utilisation and operating conditions.”


Osram is making good use of proven concepts from the platform economy. “Successful platform operators have created effective developer ecosystems,” Müller says. “We are applying this logic to Lightelligence – our platform users can reap the benefits of a fully developed infrastructure without having to build or maintain it themselves.”


One of the first customers to use Osram’s Lightelligence platform is Bamberg-based luminaire specialist RZB. The Internet of Things-based platform allows RZB to automatically carry out remote function tests on emergency lighting systems.


Regular testing of emergency lighting systems is a legal requirement in public and commercially used buildings. Until now, employees often had to walk through the buildings and check each emergency exit sign separately. But now, the checks can be carried out and documented remotely at the click of a button using sensors and Lightelligence, reducing the buildings’ running costs considerably.


A wide range of components and control systems can be integrated into the Lightelligence platform, as the system is open to products, applications, and interfaces from all manufacturers. This reaps synergies and reduces costs. For example, movement detectors installed to control lighting can also be used by alarm systems and in heating management.


Air quality sensors can be leveraged by systems such as air conditioning, automated window control, and fire alarms. Brightness sensors that control blinds can also be used to dim interior lighting and can be accessed by fire alarm and intrusion alarm systems. Installation and running costs can be significantly reduced through multiple analysis of sensors across various control systems.


A broad variety of software can run on Osram’s Lightelligence platform, making new applications possible that go beyond lighting. Osram’s sensor-based logistics solutions, for example, can use a warehouse’s lighting infrastructure to record inventories, monitor temperature and humidity for perishable goods, or optimise the way in which warehouses are used.


Motion detectors in office buildings can be used to manage meeting rooms more efficiently and arrange targeted cleaning. In retail stores, customers can be better addressed via localised digital services. Mobile assets, such as beds and medical equipment in hospitals, can be located immediately. Beyond buildings, smart city solutions, such as the identification and reporting of free parking spaces through intelligent street luminaires, become feasible.


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