Monthly Archives: CNS has been shortlisted in the Lighting Integration Solution of the Year category at the ControlTrends Awards 2016 for it’s unique lighting control system, elitedali™. Providing total control and flexibility to the end client or user including complete access to value light fixture data, elitedali transforms the Niagara building management system into a state of the art lighting control platform. The world’s first Internet of Things (IoT), Digital Addressable Lighting Interface-based (DALI), lighting control solution, elitedali ensures that live data from every light fixture can be accessed, and the complete network controlled, from anywhere in the world via a suitable web browser. Mike Welch, Managing Director of CNS adds, “We are proud to have been shortlisted in consecutive years at the prestigious ControlTrends Awards. It’s a real accomplishment to have the benefits of the interoperable, open standard elitedali smart lighting control solution recognised within the Lighting Integration Solution of the Year category. “elitedali is the ideal solution for building owners and managers looking to reduce running costs and ensures system flexibility to enable it to adapt with evolving business needs. The system requires less components, uses less energy, meaning businesses can truly optimise their lighting use.’ The winners of the ControlTrends Awards will be announced live at the Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, January 29th 2016. Voting for finalists closes on the 19th January 2017. To vote for elitedali for Lighting Integration Solution of the Year, please click here.January 2017

CNS SHORTLISTED FOR THE CONTROLTRENDS AWARDS 2016

CNS has been shortlisted in the Lighting Integration Solution of the Year category at the ControlTrends Awards 2016 for it’s unique lighting control system, elitedali™.

Providing total control and flexibility to the end client or user including complete access to value light fixture data, elitedali transforms the Niagara building management system into a state of the art lighting control platform.

The world’s first Internet of Things (IoT), Digital Addressable Lighting Interface-based (DALI), lighting control solution, elitedali ensures that live data from every light fixture can be accessed, and the complete network controlled, from anywhere in the world via a suitable web browser.

Mike Welch, Managing Director of CNS adds, “We are proud to have been shortlisted in consecutive years at the prestigious ControlTrends Awards. It’s a real accomplishment to have the benefits of the interoperable, open standard elitedali smart lighting control solution recognised within the Lighting Integration Solution of the Year category.

elitedali is the ideal solution for building owners and managers looking to reduce running costs and ensures system flexibility to enable it to adapt with evolving business needs. The system requires less components, uses less energy, meaning businesses can truly optimise their lighting use.’

The winners of the ControlTrends Awards will be announced live at the Hard Rock Café, Las Vegas, January 29th 2016. Voting for finalists closes on the 19th January 2017.

To vote for elitedali for Lighting Integration Solution of the Year, please click here.

DON’T BE KEPT IN THE DARK!

End users often desire a user-friendly lighting control system with an interface that they can operate without the assistance of a specialist engineer.

Here, Mike Welch argues that today’s leading smart, Internet of Things (IoT), convergent BMS engineers can ensure that this is the case and end clients needn’t be in the dark with regards to their control solution.

Lighting control systems, like many other commercial amenities, are considered to be something out of the control of the day-to-day users and, in some cases, even the premises or facilities manager. Managed and maintained by an engineer who visits the site every six months or in the case of an issue, lighting control systems are traditionally difficult to navigate and require specialist training to operate.

Commonly vendor dependent, lighting control solutions typically rely on a single source of supply for both system components and maintenance. This means that specialist manufacturer-based skills are required to install, maintain and importantly, manage a system. Consequently, for simple requests that do not fit within the standard package, substantial additional costs can be incurred.

However, with open standard, vendor independent lighting control solutions available today, this needn’t be the case. Based upon open standards and convergent technologies, lighting control solutions can be incorporated within the building management system (BMS), making day-to-day management much simpler.

Utilising a truly interoperable network and ethos, such solutions enable the end client or user to influence the systems’ design and user interface, both at point of delivery and over the solution’s lifetime.

Offering this unique flexibility to the end client and user is elitedali™ smart lighting control. Easily accessible via any Internet browser, elitedali transforms any suitable Niagara BMS platform into a secure smart lighting commissioning and control product, connected to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Capable of visually displaying the lights on the DALI network, an easy to navigate web user interface can be created, with buttons built for specific actions such as turning on all lights on a floor or a particular floor or initiating specialist sequences, dimming etc.

Based upon open, international standards, system flexibility is at the core of elitedali. Implemented by any suitably qualified Niagara installation and commissioning engineer, elitedali provides end clients with total choice surrounding their preferred commissioning partner.

Furthermore, physical input devices such as dimmers, traditional light switches, wireless energy harvesting and smart mobile products can be incorporated into the system design to further aid control.

Creating a bespoke solution for each application, individual client’s needs are met at the point of design, taking into consideration on going management and maintenance. In addition, the flexibility of the control solution enables it to be amended and adapted at any point during its lifespan.

In turn, an easy to use interface, ideally suited to the client, can result in less call outs to site for system modification and control clarifications. And for those instances where an engineer is required, IoT capability enables instantaneous changes without the need to be onsite.

A unique control solution, elitedali transforms the standard Niagara BMS into a world-class smart IoT lighting commissioning and control device. Thus enabling end clients to step out from the dark with secure and seamless access to all light fixture and sensor value data. This is particularly useful for both local and cloud based analytics to optimise operations in real-time.

Lighting control solutions are essential to reducing building energy consumption and creating the ideal working environment. To ensure this control is not misplaced and remains with the end user, vendor independent solutions that enable the end users needs to be fully considered should to be sought.

To locate your nearest Certified elitedali Partner, please click here.

“CRACKS IN THE CLOUD” CNS POST IS PUBLISHED IN THE IFMA KNOWLEDGE LIBRARY

CNS’s post “Cracks in the Cloud” regarding cloud based Building Management Systems (BMS) and smart, Internet of Things (IoT) lighting controls, along with the fundamental issues surrounding them, has been adapted and accepted into the Knowledge Library of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA.)

IFMA is the world’s largest and most widely recognised international association for facility management professionals, supporting over 24,000 members in 104 countries.

Mike Welch, Managing Director of CNS, says: “I am proud to see our knowledge on cloud based BMS and smart IoT lighting has been accepted into the IFMA Knowledge Library. Our work can now be reached by those looking into best practise in lighting control solutions, and will demonstrate that cloud based solutions create more questions than answers, particularly around ownership, security and autonomy.

“The report will also demonstrate that systems such as elitedali, for example, are the ideal solution for building owners and managers. The elitedali technology allows smart lighting controls to be seamlessly converged into the building’s existing Niagara BMS, and has been created with the Internet of Things in mind. The use of this convergent, interoperable smart lighting control solution provides the user with confidence, autonomy and certainty over their lighting control system and its data.”

IFMA members can download the full report from the Knowledge Library.

如果没有互操作性,标准是无用的

Russ Sharer是富桦明电子公司(Fulham Inc)的全球营销和业务发展副总裁。

在我们这个博客, Russ讨论了在智能照明控制领域互操作性的重要性。

如果没有能力与多个供应商的设备互操作,很多行业标准都将非常有限。例如,世界上有许多标准语言,都用自己的方式来说,写作和语法。但交流只有当演讲者或作家进行互动沟通,也就是说,当他们彼此能理解对方和回应对方。同样,这也适用照明控制。

我们已经有很多演变中的照明控制标准——包括zigbee,蓝牙,802.15.4,PoE,线程控制,等等——所有这些专注于解决一个实际问题或一组问题,但大多数完全无法进行互操作。我们面临很多选择,例如有线或无线,能耗与控制,当然控制会更有价值,但除非有一套混合并匹配不同楼宇系统的方案,否则最终用户或供应商无法更好地控制照明和能源效率。

想象一下,如果你走进咖啡店,不得不问的WiFi路由器生产商是否可以连接你的平板电脑。或者如果你必须选择你的酒店,是基于他们能支持三星智能手机,而不是苹果或华为。这就是我们今天要求最终用户做的照明控制。

此时连接互通出现价值,和控制方案一起成为集成到主流照明系统,我们需要可互操作的行业标准在多个供应商的产品中适用——包括LED驱动、开关、光源、控制器、传感器等——都可以放在同一个网络,一切正常无缝衔接。这是一个实现物联网道路上的基础里程碑,也是最终用户没有足够重视的领域。

除了DALI方案,今天大多数照明控制供应商要求用户信任他们的业务方案,能并不断升级系统,以保持他们的封闭的、私有的系统能在系统生命周期内适用。
只有DALI标准允许不同供应商的产品相互兼容,并提供一个简便的升级或产品变更途径,如果这个厂商不再是你最好的选择。

用户会要求供应商一起工作,新照明系统标准提案也要求多个供应商的产品一起互操作。供应商应会承诺过渡到可互操作的标准,并积极参与多个厂商参加的论坛和即将出现的测试网站。

我们可以一起努力,创建一个具有互操作性的标准和有意义的世界。

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LED driver choice impact on choosing the best LED light fixture solution

LED drivers have a significant influence on lighting fixtures, from their overall cost to quality and performance.

Until now, a lack of knowledge about their performance impact upon light fixture choice has not been made easier by the difficulty in comparing driver specifications between manufacturers.

What should be clear is that specifying a light fixture supplier requires additional knowledge to avoid missing critical factors from the decision – ones that could play a significant role in the true performance of a luminaire in the field.

It is essential to ask the right questions and know which ones to ask and what answers you are looking for of your potential supplier. Also to understand in advance the application, and ideally the location where the fixture will be used. Ask manufacturers for their detailed technical documents, and read any specifications in their data sheets very carefully.

To help you in this task, Fulham Inc as one of the world’s top 5 LED driver manufacturers and an innovation and performance leader in this field, have produced a document downloadable via this link.