Internet of Things (IoT)
What is it?
The internet of things (IoT) has become one of the most familiar expressions across business and technology, and perhaps the most hyped. The IoT is viewed as the solution to solve myriad energy, IT, security, and business problems. The “things” in IoT are typically devices. These devices communicate with each other, transfer information all without the need for human interaction. This is IoT.
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Why Should You Consider Lighting Based IoT?
When planning a lighting modernization project, one must analyze the cost/benefit of incorporating IoT sensors. Most organizations are not aware of and/or do not realize the potential benefits of a lighting based IoT system. They rush to simple LED lighting upgrades focused only on lighting related energy consumption with a focus on first cost. This is a short- sighted approach and a significant missed opportunity.
The IoT sensory network is upgradable via remote software updates. It is open source allowing for custom applications to be written. The energy savings of a lighting modernization project can help to offset the cost of an IoT sensory network. This is the opportunity that must not be missed. The lighting control application of the IoT network provides an additional energy savings of 15-35%+ above a LED conversion alone. The occupancy data can be used for other applications such as controlling HVAC in real time vs on a schedule based. The occupancy data can be fed directly to the building management system which in turn can instruct the HVAC. HVAC integration can provide additional energy benefits of 10-30%+. Non-energy benefits can often outweigh savings of energy from applications such as space utilization, process improvement, asset tracking, business intelligence, and many more.