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App for smart street lighting launched

The app also allows towns and cities to adapt standard luminaires for differing requirements

The app allows LED drivers to be programmed in the field via NFC
The app allows LED drivers to be programmed in the field via NFC

Osram has introduced an app to allow energy-efficient LED streetlights to be set up and maintained from a smartphone.


According to the lighting manufacturer, its Tuner4Tronic field app will work on any near NFC-capable smartphone. For smartphones without a near field communication (NFC) antenna Osram offers a portable NFC scanner (a Bluetooth-NFC adapter) as an alternative. As an open system, it is available to everyone and does not tie users to any particular luminaire manufacturer.


“Our app enables towns and cities to use standard luminaires that can be quickly and easily adapted to meet different requirements instead of having to keep stocks of many different models,” said Carlos Rohde, product manager at Osram. “This saves on the time and cost of installation, maintenance, warehousing and replacement.”


The parameters that typically need to be adjusted on site are the light output depending on the type of street and the dimming times and dimming levels for optimising energy savings. The dimming function can also be deactivated for specific applications such as roundabouts and pedestrian crossings.


Fewer luminaire types reduce maintenance time and storage costs. Luminaire manufacturers can specify which features can be configured in the field as well setting the limits within which the parameters can be changed so that reliable operation and constant output of the luminaire are assured at all times, said Osram.


The mobile app enables LED drivers such as Osram OT 1DIM and OT 4DIM NFC to be programmed in the field via NFC – wirelessly and without line voltage.


With the copy-and-paste function in the Tuner4Tronic field app, the settings for a failed luminaire can be instantly transferred to a new luminaire, said Osram. There is no need to check the configuration of the old luminaire; the entire process runs offline and users do not have to store their data in a cloud.


Another advantage of NFC is that is does not require line voltage. It is likely, therefore, that the original configuration of an LED driver can be retrieved even after the driver has failed, the company said.


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