Future-Proofing Lighting Control Systems
When a building owner or building manager decides to invest in implementing a lighting control system, there are many challenges to overcome, which relate to balancing cost, simplicity and scalability. With the proven benefits of how lighting control can reduce energy costs, it still nonetheless can require a significant initial investment. The lighting control system must not only be intuitive to operate but even more importantly, it must be simple to commission and to modify settings post-installation in order to minimize service charges. But the key issue is scalability, which affect both cost and simplicity. If a building manager wants to future-proof their lighting control installation to eventually support building automation systems like BACnet and KNX or harness the power of the Cloud or even leverage a new technology/standard that hasn’t been released yet, does the building manager need to invest in a complicated and costly system or is there a strategy to limit the initial investment and only incorporate extra functionality and technology on an as-needed basis in a seamless and cost effective way?
This presentation will cover the differences, strengths and limitations of different technologies such as BLE, EnOcean and ZigBee and discuss how and if each can scale from a simple cost effective standalone system to a fully integrated solution linked to either a private server, building automation system or the Cloud where all functionality can be monitored and controlled by a mobile device from anywhere in the world. The importance of technology standards and security will also be covered as interoperability between vendors of control solutions is also part of the building manager’s decision process. There will be a significant focus on how a building manager can select a lighting control solution that will allow them to adapt to evolution in technology and building management needs without having to make wholesale changes to their initial investments, thus minimizing risk and eliminating buyer’s remorse.