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Holistic smart building system launched

Data collected from sensors in fixtures gives building owners and managers actionable insight on occupancy and environmental conditions

Illustration of how the Unity Connected Building Intelligence solution works
Illustration of how the Unity Connected Building Intelligence solution works

US-based Peoples Electric Company, a full-service electrical and building controls contractor, is introducing its Unity Connected Building Intelligence smart lighting and building automation solution.


Instead of approaching lighting, HVAC and other major building functions separately, Unity offers a single technology platform for HVAC and lighting controls with a front-end that can integrate with access control, low-voltage communications, fire alerts and renewables, among other building systems.


Unity also features the latest in LED lighting and controls using the data-sharing capabilities and scalability of the Internet of Things (IoT).


Data collected from built-in sensors in the fixtures gives building owners and managers actionable information about occupancy, light levels, temperature and more, with mobile, real-time dashboard access to all systems and data.


The solution provides full insight into building systems, resulting in optimised HVAC, dimmable and tunable lighting colour and automated daylighting and shade control, among other capabilies. Open protocols ensure flexibility to add new systems later.


“Unity is a networked lighting control system that provides the granularity of occupancy sensing, associated room-by-room and fixture-by-fixture zone control, rendering unprecedented energy savings from smarter use of lighting and mechanical systems, in addition to improved occupant comfort,” said Bill Kaufenberg, director of lighting for Peoples Electric, which operates in a number of US states.


He added: “The unified front-end saves maintenance, time and management labour on top of the energy- and labour-saving LED fixtures and lamps.”


Using real-time building information, Unity gives all facilities managers coordinated control of their building systems and claims it is also scalable to the smallest of buildings.


“It doesn’t have to be expensive to give owners the latest technology with the flexibility to meet constantly changing energy code requirements,” said Bill Gausman, engineering manager for Peoples controls subsidiary System One Control.


Pinpoint plug-load control also allows reduction of energy consumption from computers and other equipment when spaces are unoccupied. Further ROI comes from reduced lifetime labour and equipment costs, which the company claims is less than one-third of other lighting solutions.


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