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Green Optima Becomes Fulham’s first Certified elitedali Partner (CeP™) in the UAE

Fulham is pleased to announce Green Optima as its first CeP in the UAE. Green Optima is a leading Niagara Master System Integrator and Distributor for Tridium’s Niagara Framework® based products and solutions. They are a highly regarded organisation delivering world-class building, and now also smart IoT lighting control, products and solutions to one of the most vibrant regions in the world for innovative building projects.

elitedali™ is the world’s first entirely web based native Niagara smart IoT lighting controls product. More than 150,000 DALI light fixtures in global projects have been commissioned and are being controlled using only building controls platforms incorporating Tridium’s Niagara Framework®. This simplifies design and installation therefore reducing solution cost at both point of delivery and over its lifetime. It seamlessly enables real-time DALI device value data delivery which is fully owned and available to the owner.

Fulham’s Niagara products empower the global elite of Niagara Partners who become CeP’s to deliver solutions that Save Energy and Money whilst Addressing Sustainability, Health and Wellness issues. To learn more about Fulham’s CePs click here.

For more details please contact Bhadra prasad P, Manager- Building Management Systems for Green Optima, or Mike Welch, VP Controls Business Development for Fulham.

Fulham Exec to Speak on Clever Lighting Strategies as Building Blocks for Building Automation at Niagara Summit

What could make @NiagaraAX significantly more clever for you in 2018?

Hear Russ Sharer, @FulhamUSA, Inc’s VP, on Clever Lighting: Leveraging the Power of #Niagara to Build the Exoskeleton for #IoT, Tuesday, 17 April, 2.15 pm “Niagara Innovation” @TridiumInc @TridiumHQ Summit.

Read the Press release

Come and meet the creators of the world’s first smart IoT convergent DALI lighting solution for cloud and Big Data applications at the Delhi LED Expo

Fulham Lighting Controls will be attending the LED Expo 2017, Date: 30th Nov – 2nd Dec 2017, Venue: Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India, Booth: B-44, Hall: 10

Come and meet the creators of the world’s first smart IoT convergent DALI lighting solution for cloud and Big Data applications at LuxLive

Meet the creators of the world’s first Smart IoT Convergent lighting solution, Fulham Controls, at LuxLive: ExCeL London, Halls N2 – N3, Stand C10, 15-16 Nov

The Smart Convergent Niagara System Solution for DALI® Controlled Lighting + Fulham Lumo Series and WorkHorse LED DALI Drivers

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If you missed us at the Hong Kong International Lightfair…

If you missed us at the Hong Kong International Lightfair don’t worry either contact us via or arrange to meet us at the up and coming events

Lighting’s contribution to Health & Wellness in our work place dealing with airborne and surface bacteria

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If you missed meeting us at SIBT Shanghai…

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Read Prof Jennifer A. Veitch’s blog entitled Still under construction: Evidence to foster well-being with lighting

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End of Life (EOL) in EMEA for JACE 300E series

The performance, flexibility and range of accessory options offered by the JACE® 8000 surpasses that of the JACE 300E series products.

The introduction of the JACE 8000 100-point software license allows the JACE 8000 to be used cost-effectively for projects where JACE 300E series products would have been previously considered. We are therefore now starting the End of Life (EOL) process for all JACE 300E series products, in both “bundled” and “unbundled” formats.
These are the start of EOL and Last Time Buy (LTB) dates for new installations, subject to product availability:

Product Start of EOL LTB Replacement recommendation
JACE 300E 01/07/17 31/12/18 JACE 8000 with appropriate points license
JACE 300E DEMO 01/07/17 31/12/18 JACE 8000 DEMO

We will be offering service replacement parts for currently installed JACE 300E series products until 01/07/21, while supplies last.

Reference documents
Maintenance Policy – lists the end of support periods for the various builds of the Niagara Framework®
Software Maintenance Terms and Conditions – recommended for inclusion in any service contract
Please refer to the current price list when purchasing any of these products before the LTB date. Contact your Tridium representative or if you have questions.
Thanks for being a part of the Niagara Community!

Fulham Acquires Control Network Solutions to Bring DALI® Control to Customers for Emerging Smart Lighting Products

CNS’s Smart Light Management Software and Technical Expertise Helps Fulham Meet Growing Demand for DALI-enabled Clever LED Drivers and Smart Lighting Controls

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – April 18, 2017 – Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, today announced the acquisition of the assets of partner company Control Network Solutions (CNS), the UK-based creator of the elitedali™ smart lighting control and management system. This transaction continues Fulham’s strategic European expansion.

Fulham has been developing its relationship with CNS for over a year and utilising CNS’s elitedali to help its partners provide complete smart lighting control systems.

Based on the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) lighting communications standard, elitedali simplifies installation, commissioning, and control of lighting systems. Enhancing Building Management Systems (BMS) and Edge Control devices, elitedali provides total control over individual LED fixtures, including reducing input current, managing output to optimise useful life, adjusting lighting to dim at a constant level, and adjusting power output to accommodate different light sources.

With this acquisition, Fulham can now offer a DALI and web-based convergent smart lighting solution to meet increased demand from customers worldwide. For Fulham customers in Europe and India, CNS’s smart lighting platform meets the immediate need for DALI-based lighting control solutions.

“We developed clever LED lighting components that are intelligent and programmable so luminaire manufacturers can customise solid-state lighting products in a customer-valued way. With the acquisition of CNS, we now have the remaining components needed to move from clever to smart lighting products – communications and control system software,” said Bob Howard-Anderson, Fulham CEO. “elitedali technology aligns with our vision of standards-based smart lighting controls and allows us to meet increasing customers’ demands for DALI-enabled lighting solutions based upon multi-vendor choice, flexibility and real-time device data for analytics, and effectively lays the foundation for the coming of smart lighting.”

Mike Welch, founder of CNS, will continue with Fulham as Vice President, Controls Business Development. In his new role, Welch will continue to support more than 40 elitedali™ resellers worldwide and help shape Fulham’s clever lighting strategy as well as new smart lighting products and solutions.

The elitedali solution is based on the Niagara® software framework from Tridium, an independent business entity of Honeywell International. Niagara is used by hundreds of OEMs and resellers to craft Building, Data Center and Smart City management systems.

“We are excited to be able to leverage Fulham’s global brand and resources to accelerate the market reach of elitedali,” said Welch. “Becoming a part of Fulham will allow us to provide better support our growing Niagara Community Partners, enabling them to participate in larger lighting control projects.”

Fulham already incorporates DALI support into a variety of its LED driver products, including the programmable WorkHorse LED drivers and the company’s new Lumo series of European LED drivers. Fulham offers CNS partners direct access to DALI-compatible driver products through Fulham’s global network of distributors, and works with a network of OEM luminaire manufacturers that incorporate the company’s DALI drivers.

For more information about Fulham’s complete line of LED drivers, please visit
For more information on elitedali smart lighting controls, please visit

About Fulham
Fulham Co., Inc. is a leading global provider of intelligent, socially-conscious sustainable commercial lighting components and electronics for use in commercial general lighting, parking structure, signage, horticultural, UV and other applications. The company develops and manufactures a variety of award-winning LED and emergency products, as well as legacy products across multiple lighting platforms. Fulham sells its lighting solutions worldwide through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electrical equipment distribution channels. Headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., the company has sales and/or manufacturing facilities in the Netherlands, China, India and the UAE. For more information, visit

Andy Firchau
Marketing Manager
(323) 779-2980, ext. 1252

Fulham VP Outlines Need for Interoperability Standards for Smart Lighting at Upcoming Strategies in Light Conference

Russ Sharer, Fulham’s VP of Global Marketing, to Review the State of Industry Standards for Lighting Control Networks and Next Generation of Smart Lighting Products.
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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.


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.

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.


Leap Info Systems, based in Pune, India are now Certified elitedali™ Partners, enabling the company to offer the convergent, Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities of Niagara based smart lighting control.

Officially certified by elitedali creator Control Network Solutions (CNS), CeP’s are certified Niagara System Integrators and have essential experience in DALI intelligent light system commissioning, control, maintenance and management.

Following successful completion of the elitedali for Niagara and CeP accreditation scheme, Sudhir Patil, Co-founder & CEO of Leap Info Systems said, “Leap Info Systems is pleased to announce that it is now a Certified elitedali Partner of Control Network Solutions. This, combined with Tridium Niagara certification, ideally positions Leap Info Systems to deliver truly interoperable and convergent IoT smart lighting solutions and Building Management System (BMS).

“Success of IoT systems will largely depend on interoperable standards and solutions. elitedali from CNS is an exciting web enabled lighting control solution that fits perfectly with this philosophy. Furthermore, it offers the flexibility and choice for our customers to achieve energy savings as well as better control over data.”

Sudhir Patil of Leap Info Systems

Sudhir Patil of Leap Info Systems

Mike Welch of CNS

Mike Welch of CNS

Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions added, “We’re excited to announce Leap Info Systems as the first India based CeP, enabling a new region to access the benefits that interoperable, vendor independent lighting control provides to end users.
“One of the most rapidly developing economies, Indian businesses are seeking smart building and lighting control solutions that offer complete flexibility and access to value data – enabling the optimisation of space and energy use.”

For more information on Leap Info Systems, please visit:
For more information on how to become a Certified elitedali Partner, please visit:

For more press information please contact Tara Greenman or Alastair Doyle on 01372 371800 or send an email to


Control Network Solutions’ (CNS) global first web based DALI® lighting control solution elitedali™ will have its Middle East premiere at the 11th edition of the Light Middle East Conference in Dubai on the 31st October to the 2nd November by our Certified elitedali Partner (CeP™), Creation Gulf.

The conference, which is held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, is set to illuminate the regions’ lighting industry with a spectacular array of exhibitors and an outstanding line-up of conference speakers.

The three-day event offers a comprehensive interactive platform for manufacturers, architects, designers, consultants, engineers, construction companies, hospitality industry professionals, government officials and more.

For more information on Light Middle East visit:

Tridium Vice-President, Pranay Prakash at the Niagara Summit 2016 discussing how the Internet of Things, Big Data, and the Cloud will Help Smart Buildings, Part 2

Tridium Vice-President, Pranay Prakash at the Niagara Summit 2016 discussing how the Internet of Things, Big Data, and the Cloud will Help Smart Buildings, Part 1


CNS CeP, Leidos Inc. has announced a merger with Lockheed Martin Inc., a global powerhouse in I.T. and technical services.

The merger is forecasted by leading analysts to reshape the market, resulting in the creation of an I.T. business worth an estimated $5 billion – making the company the largest Government services provider in the USA.

Watch this video for more information.


Control Network Solutions video on convergence in the smart building and lighting controls has now gone live on YouTube. The video, shot at CNS’s UK CeP™ Distribution partner, One SightSolutions’ Hampshire, UK premises, features their Managing Director, Graham Turner, Professor Thomas M. Keel of Georgia Institute of Technology and Mike Welch, CEO of CNS discussing the importance of convergence in smart building and lighting controls.
This short video gives a fascinating insight into why convergence is so important to this sector and how it will shape future technological development.

To view the video please click here.


Control Network Solutions’ (CNS) convergent Niagara-based control solution elitedali™ will be exhibited on booth 1C-C02, alongside Fulham Co., Inc., in the Hall of Aurora, at the 18th edition of the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair.

The fair, which runs from the 27th- 30th October, is a truly global event, attracting exhibitors from 38 countries each year to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. With categories including commercial lighting, LED and green lighting, smart lighting and solutions, the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair is a calendar event for the lighting industry.

For more information on the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair click here.

How to save lighting energy in retail

Currently accounting for 13 percent of California’s lighting electricity use, surprisingly
the retail sector in the region has less lighting legislation with which to conform. This has led to innovative smart lighting control solutions being underutilised for energy saving and marketing functions.
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CNS’ elitedali™ and cns-enocean™ smart convergent control solutions will be displayed by its official Chinese representative GLine Net Co Ltd at the Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology (SIBT) show.
Taking place from 31 August – 2 September 2016 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in China, the CNS products will be located in Hall W3 on stand D21.
For more information or to discuss BMS convergent control solutions in greater depth, please email


If you missed CNS at the facilities Show and would like to learn more about our integrated smart IoT building & lighting control solutions contact Mike to arrange a meeting, online live event or telco at


We are going to the Facilities Show this Thursday 23rd June.
If you want to meet to discuss integrated BMS IoT lighting solutions send an email to Mike at

Control Trends live interview

See Mike Welch’s interview with Control Trends live at the Niagara Summit 2016:

“Olympic Gold” for System Integrator MML Sistemas, São Paulo Brazil, as they successfully become latest Certified elitedali™ Partner (CeP™)

We are pleased to announce Control Network Solutions’ (CNS) latest Certified elitedalii™ partner is MML Sistemas in São Paulo Brazil.
MML already has significant experience in the area of building automation based upon platforms that incorporate Tridium’s Niagara Framework®.
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Fulham Partners with Control Network Solutions to Deliver Smart Web-Enabled DALI® Programmable Lighting Solution

Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, has partnered with Control Network Solutions (CNS), to deliver a smart lighting solution based on the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) intelligent lighting communications standard.
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Fulham and elitedali have created a partnership to offer intelligent, smart IoT ready lighting. To view the new Fulham Workhorse LED DALI Driver and CNS’ elitedali smart lighting control brochure, please click here.


This is a great presentation by Harbor Research surrounding how the growth of smart systems and the Internet of Things can be catalysed: Read Here.


This is a great manifesto from Harbor Research surrounding the future of the Internet of Things and the consequent need for a manifesto: Read Here.


Lighting is one of the most expensive costs to a business, accounting for more than a third of a building’s electricity use and CO2 emissions. It’s therefore understandable that many companies and facilities managers are looking towards innovative smart control solutions to manage electricity and lighting usage. However, with the focus still firmly on the light source itself and as energy prices drop, are we actually considering the true cost of our lighting?
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Take a sneak peak around the Aarhus Hospital elitedali smart lighting control installation

Take a sneak peak around the Aarhus Hospital elitedali smart lighting control installation

Converging health care IT
Interesting article on the use of convergent technology in Aarhus Hospital – where an installation of elitedali lighting controls is currently taking place!
Read more here.

How to avoid systems failure with Niagara BMS monitored lighting

Avoid problems such as the recent Emergency lighting failure in Yas Mall, with Niagara BMS monitored lighting!
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The Best-Kept Industry Secret?

The Tridium Niagara platform is well known within the building controls industry as a leading solution for BMS and BEMS applications. However, many engineers, both new and experienced, are unaware of the platform’s development over the past seven years into a world-class smart lighting control solution.
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Creator of smart web-based control solutions, Control Network Solutions (CNS), has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ControlTrends awards in the ‘Lighting Integration Provider of the Year’ category.

The only non-North American finalist in its category, CNS has been shortlisted for its unique lighting control solution, elitedali™. Transforming the Niagara building management system into a state of the art lighting control platform, elitedali provides total control and flexibility to the end user over access to their lighting data, system maintenance and any on-going adjustments.

The world’s first Internet of things (IoT) web-based DALI intelligent lighting control solution, elitedali ensures that live data from every light fixture can be accessed and the lighting controlled from anywhere in the world with internet access.

“We are excited to be shortlisted at the 2015 ControlTrends awards, as one of the few European companies shortlisted we are delighted that the innovative offer elitedali presents has been recognised by the ControlTrends community,” adds Mike Welch, Managing Director of CNS.

“As demand and benefits of IoT solutions continues to grow and the drive towards sustainable buildings increases, elitedali is the ideal solution for building managers looking to reduce running costs whilst ensuring future flexibility to adapt and change according to evolving business circumstances. Utilising existing building management system, elitedali requires less components, uses less energy and means building managers can optimise their lighting to improve their building’s energy efficiency in real-time.”

To vote for CNS, please visit ControlTrends website and register:

For more information on CNS and to see the new company look, please go to or follow @elitedali and @CNS_Enocean on Twitter.


CNS’ innovative control solutions, elitedaliTM and cns-EnOceanTM, were exhibited for the first time by GLine Net on Fulham Co’s stand at the Hong Kong Light Fair this year.
Speaking after the event, Jason Zhang, Managing Director of GLine Net said, “The technology which CNS offers to the market is innovative and a brilliant proposition.
“The launch of CNS products into the Chinese and Asian market was extremely successful. Everyone who attended the stand was really interested in finding out more about smart web-based control solutions.”
Russ Sharer, VP of Global Marketing and Business Development for Fulham, said, “Interest in the elitedali control demo in our booth was extremely high.
“Clients were impressed with how easy the system was to use and the power it offered them for lighting control. I was surprised by how few had previously seen working lighting controls, and pleased with the positive comments we received.”
Managing Director of CNS, Mike Welch added, “With the continued growth of the Niagara BMS platform in China and Hong Kong, it is the ideal time for building managers to upgrade their lighting controls to a smart web-based solution like elitedali. Offering complete control through buildings’ existing BMS system and access to all light fixture data, elitedali is a one of a kind solution.
“After the success of the Hong Kong Light Fair, we are looking forward to continuing our brilliant partnership with our official Chinese representative, GLine Net, and supporting the continued growth of smart buildings in the Far East.”

(Chinese) 控制网络解决方案委GLINE NET为新中国代表

控制网络解决方案委GLINE NET为新中国代表


Control Network Solutions (CNS), creators of the world’s first web based DALI lighting control solution has appointed Shanghai GLine Net Co Ltd. as its official representative for the Chinese market.
Providing both client-specific and off-the-shelf web based solutions for smart lighting and building controls, CNS is a global specialist in delivering market disruptive control solutions such as its DALI based lighting control, elitedali™, and wireless energy harvesting device, cns-enocean™.
Mike Welch, Managing Director of CNS said, “The Chinese buildings control software market is one of the most advanced in the world and is therefore ideal for forward thinking control solutions based on the use of convergent mobile technology, such as elitedali and cns-enocean.
“As a fellow Niagara Developer and Tridium Partner, Gline Net has the expertise and knowledge to ensure end users receive the best control solution for their building.”
CNS’ vendor independent smart lighting controls allow live access to energy use data as well as offering end clients total flexibility and choice when considering the system’s maintenance and operation.
Jason Zhang, Managing Director of Gline Net, said “As CNS solutions are compatible with the Niagara platform, they are easy to install giving end clients a quick return on investment, due to the simplicity of adding the software on to the existing building energy management solution.
“Within the Chinese building sector there is a demand for superior building facilities that improve customer experience, which CNS control solutions provide.”
“Smart and automated buildings offer these high-end standards and qualities, and as the Chinese market is leveraging the Niagara eco system, Gline Net Ltd. is looking forward to providing our customers with CNS’s unique building control solutions combined with our friendly, technical service.”
For more information on CNS, please go to or follow @elitedali and @CNS_Enocean on Twitter.


September has been a non-stop month for CNS, with the company’s innovative control solutions being exhibited in three countries in just 10 days!

The Energy Event, NEC Birmingham
The exhibition run started off with The Energy Event at the Birmingham NEC, where our UK distributor, OneSight Solutions demonstrated how elitedali™ turns Niagara Framework based BMS, BAS, BACS and BEMS platforms into a world-class DALI lighting control solution. On show also was CNS’s cns-enocean™ for Niagara solution enabling energy harvesting wireless device networks to be directly connected into Niagara Framework platforms. A promising start to the two weeks, the event was the ideal location for the filming of our second video surrounding the capabilities of cns-enocean, this will soon make an appearance on Twitter and our website – so stay tuned!

Niagara Forum Germany
Following The Energy Event, we travelled across to Frankfurt for the German Niagara Forum. As an event sponsor, we were excited to be submerged within the Niagara Community and be invited to speak to about how our elitedali lighting control solution turns Niagara Framework based BMS, BAS, BACS and BEMS platforms into world-class DALI lighting control solution.

Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology (SIBT), China
Just as the Niagara Forum was coming to a close, our official Chinese representative, GLine Net, took over the exhibition baton at the Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology (SIBT) show. Focused on the growing demand for smart, integrated buildings, the event was the perfect location to introduce our unique solutions to the Chinese and wider Asian market. Sharing a stand with the EnOcean Alliance, visitors were able to learn more about the energy harvesting technology behind the cns-enocean wireless control solution for Niagara Framework platforms.

Industry exhibitions and events are a great opportunity for the leaders in each sector to come together to discuss the issues and direction of the controls industry. Alongside information sharing, the events are also beneficial for networking, launching new products and demonstrating the capabilities of solutions to engineers, the media and importantly, industry peers.

And there’s more to come…
September has been a very busy, enjoyable month for everyone at CNS. Following our success at these events, we’re very much looking forward to the next round of exhibitions and the next Niagara Summit!

Hong Kong International Lightfair, Oct 27-30
This event will be CNS’s very first purely lighting event. The Hong Kong International Lightfair represents one of three major global events in lighting and serves the wider Asia-Pacific market. CNS is excited to have been invited to show its Niagara DALI lighting solution elitedali on the Fulham Inc stand. Once again our Chinese partner GLine will be representing CNS at this event.

What do Tridium’s Roger Woodward and 1 Sight Solutions’ Graham Turner think of elitedali?

What does Tridium’s Roger Woodward and 1 Sight Solutions’ Graham Turner think of elitedali? Find out here

Have you been following Mike Welch’s LinkedIn series surrounding smart web-based lighting controls?

It’s available to read online.

Is the jury still out on ‘human-centric’ lighting?

Here’s an interesting read debating recent research in the field. Read more

Never heard of Niagara the global de facto standard in building and lighting controls?

View a simple introduction into why if you are in Commercial Real Estate (CRE) or a building owner, developer, a manger or user you should know about this.

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Advanced lighting controls benefits Retail sector

Advanced lighting controls contributes to 60% lighting energy savings in the retail sector!
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Control Network Solutions (CNS), creator of the world’s first web based DALI lighting control solution elitedali, has appointed the award-winning construction PR agency CIB to manage its business-to-business communications

CNS will work alongside CIB its new communications partner to promote its innovative lighting solution to both the end client and the Niagara community.
Mike Welch, Managing Director of CNS said, “We’re excited to begin working with CIB. With the rise of the ‘internet of things’ and the move toward more sustainable building practices, the need for lighting control, management and live data will become an increasingly important aspect of building management.
“CIB has been working in construction PR for 30 years and has great experience of running successful creative campaigns, which is exactly what CNS was looking for.”
Catherine Towns, Director at CIB added, “CNS is well known within the Niagara community for its innovative elitedali™ and cns-enocean™ network solutions. We are looking forward to further developing CNS’s presence and engagement with the industry at such an important time for the company.”
CNS is a Niagara Developer, Tridium and Honeywell Partner, creating both client specific and off the shelf web based solutions for SMART building controls.
For more information on CNS, please go to or follow @elitedali and @Enocean4AX on Twitter.
For more information on CIB, please visit or follow @CIBcomms on Twitter.

Certified elitedali Partner, Environmental Systems Inc acquired by CBRE to become CBRE-ESI!

This is great news both for CBRE-ESI and CNS.
“We value long-term relationships with our customers and work closely with them to reduce costs, improve efficiency and maximize their facility investment,” said Paul Oswald, president, ESI. “Joining CBRE’s high-quality, integrated Energy & Sustainability service offering will further our goal of providing superior solutions that meet the ever-evolving needs of our clients.”
Paul also confirmed that he saw the impact on the existing Certified elitedali Partner (CeP) relationship as being one of significant growth potential, not just in the U.S. but across the EMEA and Asia regions also.
For more details click here.

Net ‘to drain all Britain’s power’ by 2035

According to Andrew Ellis, professor of optical communications at Aston University, speaking to the Royal Society this week.
For more details read here.

Creating A Less Intimidating Hospital Experience

Lighting in medical facilities such as hospitals has long been understood to have impact on patient recovery outcomes as well as providing for staff needs. This article looks at the:

  • The biological effects of light
  • Responses to coloured light
  • Prolonged exposure to colour

Click here to read more

CNS’s UK Distributor, One-SightSolutions Exhibition stand, complete and ready for opening of the 2015 Niagara Forum

On show is Distech’s EC-BOS Niagara platform running both elitedali DALI lighting control and cns-enocean EnOcean wireless energy harvesting solutions. In addition DG Logik Inc graphical package is used on stand to visualise and enable control of DALI LED lights at remote facility.
CNS’s UK Distributor, One-SightSolutions Exhibition stand, complete ready for tonight's opening of the 2015 Niagara Forum

DALI Controlled RGB LED Lighting – One Sightsolutions

A short first release video of RGB LED DALI backlighting controlled by Niagara using the elitedali™ DALI® driver. This video will be further developed with the final release at the 2015 Niagara Forum in London at the One SightSolutions stand.
One SightSolutions is the UK’s Certified elitedali Partner (CeP™) distributor. Visit

Mike Welch joined other invited industry thought leaders at the Smart Building Conference 2015 in Amsterdam to discuss the current state and future of smart buildings

SmartBuildingConfrenceLogoMike also discussed the subject of “Smart Lighting Control, Whose Business Is It?”, whilst addressing a number of industry “myths” in the world of lighting controls.

ControlTrends Awards – Lighting Integration Provider/Solution of the Year Finalist!

Control Network Solutions was a Finalist in the ‘Lighting Integration Provider/Solution’ category of the ControlTrends Awards 2014

Honeywell Centraline™ + HAWK™ + elitedali™ creates dramatically simplified smart DALI® lighting for Danish super hospital project

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Moving Controls from a CapEx to an OpEx World

Building services are the single most adapted elements of a building during its lifetime.
Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions, the DALI™ (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) lighting control specialist, argues that we need to move beyond entrenched positions on CapEx (capital expenditure) vs OpEx (operational expenditure) to a more realistic, flexible and sustainable assessment of value engineering in building construction.
Read in full.

Andy McMillan On How To Create Value for Smart Buildings

Andy McMillan, president of BACnet International shares his thoughts on how managed lighting by building automation control systems is the next wave in increasing productivity in Smart Buildings.

AHR 2015 Session and the value of lighting controls, who would have thought it?

Andy McMillan, shares his thoughts on how managed lighting by building automation control systems is the next wave in increasing productivity in Smart Buildings!
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Mike Welch contributes to this year’s Smart Building Conference, Amsterdam, 2015 Industry Panel discussing “The Future of Building Automation”

Industry Panel: The Future of Building Automation

  • Jeremy Towler, Senior Manager of Energy & Smart Technology, BSRIA
  • Kathy Farrington, Communications & Security Section Manager, Norman Disney & Young
  • Mike Welch, Co-founder and MD, Control Network Solutions Ltd
  • Gemma Baker, Sustainability Consultant, Accenture UK

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Control Network Solutions Ltd is now a full member of the DALI working party

daliLogoLargeWe are pleased to announce that Control Network Solutions Ltd is now a full member of the DALI working party. The DALI working party was founded in 2000 by leading international manufacturers in the field of lamp and luminaire control. Today, with almost 110 international members DALI is the true standard for professional digital lighting.
The DALI working party and its associated logo is acknowledged world-wide as the standard for lighting control. It has been promoted in all market sectors from component OEM suppliers through to lighting projects designers.

Dominus A/S, a Honeywell Centraline™ System Integrator partner, successfully secures the first Danish “Super Hospital” project with elitedali for Coach AX®

The Aarhus University Hospital (DNU) in Denmark will benefit from an intelligent building management system (BMS), which features Control Network Solutions’ (CNS) ground-breaking elitedali™ software. CNS’s elitedali solution will ensure that the building’s Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) based lighting control system performs to its optimum potential, delivering significant functionality, energy saving, ease of installation and maintenance advantages.
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ControlTrends Awards – Lighting Integration Provider/Solution of the Year Finalist!

Control Network Solution’s elitedali for Niagara product is nominated as a finalist for the Lighting Integration Provider/Solution of the Year, in the ControlTrends awards.
CNS is the first non North American company to appear as a finalist, according to Eric Stromquist CEO and Co-owner of ControlTrends. CNS’s “elitedali™” Niagara DALI® intelligent lighting solution offers the most vendor independent, Web DALI intelligent lighting solution anywhere in the world today. Already almost 100,000 DALI devices are connected directly to and commissioned, controlled, managed, visualised and analysed by multi-vendor Niagara® platforms, delivered by the Niagara Community globally!

LinkedIn Pulse Article – What’s new about IP Smart Lighting Control?

There is much made of the revolution that “IP Connected” light fixtures will make to buildings. However, IP connected smart lighting has existed for at least 5 years.
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Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions Ltd, will be presenting during the plenary session of the SmartBuilding Conference.

He will be addressing:

  • The importance of convergence.
  • It’s about seamless, real-time, device value data, access.
  • Avoiding “Stranded Investments”.

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Lighting Integration Provider/Solution of the Year nominee – ControlTrends Awards!

We are very proud to be the only company outside of North America to be nominated in the above award.
Please click on this link to be taken to a secure server to vote for elitedali™ in section Q.8.
Voting is now open and closes 15th January 2015 – we would very much welcome your vote. Please forward this email to anyone else in your organisation who you think would be interested.
Many thanks from us all at CNS – we wish you a very Happy Christmas, and a Prosperous and Peaceful New Year.

Class A Chilled Warehouse Management solution delivered by UpTime Technology

A Russian Certified elitedali Partner (CeP™), using Niagara smart DALI® lighting control and EnOcean® energy harvesting solutions from Control Network Solutions Ltd.
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Banking on green technology

The new Standard Bank office in the Rosebank business area of Johannesburg, known as 30 Baker Street, is using technology based on the Niagara Framework in an innovative approach to lighting control.
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Latest Realcomm Advisory looks at – Why Do Some Corporate Real Estate Departments Embrace Innovation More Than Others?

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Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices, The next chapter for green building, Key Findings

It has long been considered the ultimate yet seemingly out of reach test of the business case for green building: if the human benefits could be reliably quantified this would prove beyond all doubt the ROI for investing in building green.
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Product Review: Mike Welch and The Niagara Dali Lighting Solution

Mike Welch of Control Network Solutions is excited about DALI’s future, literally, and not just about DALI’s integration of low-hanging light-fruit, but the future-proof solutions DALI offers building owners. Mike’s article “How to Avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings” explains in great detail, that DALI is a converged solution and as changes are made within the building space, control over the DALI lighting remains absolute.

CPL Concordia ora certificata per fornire soluzioni di illuminazione intelligente Niagara AX DALI®!

CPL Concordia, azienda italiana che lavora in ambito energetico con un fatturato annuo di oltre € 415.000.000, è ora in grado di fornire su scala mondiale soluzioni basate su protocollo DALI per di controllo intelligente dell’illuminazione basate su architetture di gestione e automazione edifici Honeywell CentraLine HAWK ™ a cui si aggiunge la piattaforma elitedali ™ di Control Network Solutions (CNS) in modo da soddisfare meglio le esigenze di ritorno economico sugli investimenti eseguiti dai suoi clienti.
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CPL Concordia now certified to deliver Niagara DALI® intelligent lighting solutions!

Italy’s CPL Concordia, a €415 million+ energy company, is now able to deliver world class DALI intelligent lighting control solutions based upon Honeywell CentraLine’s HAWK™ building management and automation platforms and Control Network Solutions (CNS) elitedali™ solution, to their blue chip global customers.
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Tridium lighting fact file

According to the Carbon Trust more than 75% of lighting installations are out of date and unable to meet even current design and energy saving standards. Roger Woodward, Managing Director Tridium EMEA discusses how this situation might be addressed with new smart vendor independent lighting control solutions.
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One Sightsolutions appointed UK distributor of elitedali™ for Niagara

Mike Welch of CNS and Graham Turner of One SightsolutionsAs part of its continuing expansion plans, Control Network Solutions (CNS) has appointed building controls and integration specialist, One Sightsolutions, as its UK distributor for both elitedali™ and CNS-Enocean™ for Niagara® products.
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ControlTrends interview with Control Network Solutions Ltd and One Sightsolutions Ltd

ControlTrends travel to the UK to interview Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions Ltd and Graham Turner, Managing Director of One Sightsolutions Ltd, about the latest generation of smart DALI® lighting solutions being delivered into commercial, industrial, retail, medical and public buildings, by Tridium’s Niagara global SI, Distribution and OEM Partners.
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Let there be lighting control

Roger Woodward, Managing Director of Tridium EMEA, explains in Energy in Buildings & Industry, how the new generation of smart lighting control technologies is freeing users from being locked into a single solution supplier.
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How to avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings

A stranded investment is one where a particular technology or solution is acquired to address one set of issues. But, in the time it takes to implement the solution, the reality dawns that the situation has changed and a whole range of new issues have emerged which will not be effectively addressed by the investment made.
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Leidos Engineering now certified to deliver Niagara DALI® intelligent lighting solutions!

Leidos Engineering is now able to deliver world class DALI intelligent lighting control solutions based upon Tridium Inc’s Niagara building management and automation platforms and Control Network Solutions (CNS) elitedali solution, to their blue chip global customers.
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Addressing the Billion Dollar Question On What Is Healthy Lighting?

Peter R. Boyce, Ph.D., FIES, FSLL, Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 2009 Paper summarising the issues needed to be considered in relation to physical impacts of (in)appropriate lighting. Read More Here

Better lighting, better work

Jennifer Veitcha, PhD, a senior research officer at the National Research Council of Canada, in Ottawa, helps design offices that promote health and productivity. Read More Here.


Control Network Solutions (CNS) has revealed that, according to fresh data received from a growing number of projects around the world, its elitedali™ web-based, lighting control solution is reducing the running costs of a typical lighting system by as much as 60%. Read More Here

Major global fashion retailer experiences energy savings of up to 60% from latest Niagara™ elitedali™ DALI® intelligent lighting solution delivered by G K Danmark

A global fashion retailer with EUR 2.6 billion of sales, employing some 15,000 people throughout Europe, the Middle East, Canada and India via stores and globally via its on-line presence, is the latest beneficiary of the benefits of a Niagara DALI lighting control solution, delivered by a Honeywell CentraLine Partner.
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elitedali™, helping to reform health care in Denmark

The DKK 4.1 billion Aarhuus University Hospital, Skejby, Jutland project is part of an overall quality reform in the health care system in Denmark. Introduced by the Danish government in 2007, the quality reform includes a quality fund of DKK 40 billion (approximately EUR 5.4 billion) for investments into new hospitals unifying highly specialised treatment, acute patient admission, single room-facilities, etc.
Dominus A/S both a Certified elitedali Partner (CeP™) and a Honeywell CentraLine® Partner after a long selection process, was successfully selected by DNU to deliver convergent intelligent building controls, including elitedali for HAWK DALI® intelligent lighting, to 50% of the buildings in the largest Danish hospital construction ever!
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Pushing the Envelope – Building analytics beyond HVAC

Over the recent past, the best use of an analytic software application for building systems has been fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) specific to HVAC systems. There is research and a number of case studies with verified results showing analytic software reduces energy consumption, improves the efficiency and effectiveness of building operation, and reduces building OPEX. Once used, FDD becomes a core operational tool for many facility managers.
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The Niagara Framework combines with elitedali™ to bring innovation to lighting control in landmark SA project

The new Standard Bank office in the Rosebank business area of Johannesburg, South Africa, known as 30 Baker Street, is using technology based on the Niagara Framework® in an innovative approach to lighting control.
The Standard Bank office was designed to be highly efficient and low carbon. It has been awarded a 5-Star Greenstar Design Rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa – putting it into the top ten of the country’s most sustainable buildings. The 65,000m2 office development has a nine-storey east wing and an eleven-storey west wing joined by a central atrium. The building will house 5,000 Standard Bank staff.
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Energy Efficiency’s Effect on Building Valuation

Did you know that energy use is many times the largest single line item on an expense statement, according to Schneider Electric?
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Why not use taxable profits to improve your business instead of improving the Governments Tax income?

Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs) are a straightforward way for a business to improve its cash flow through accelerated tax relief.
Reduce your operating costs –
Businesses are often tempted to opt for equipment with the lowest purchase cost. Such immediate cost savings often prove to be a false economy. Considering the future operating cost of the equipment before investing can help make the right investment decision – one that reduces future expense.
Investing in ETL equipment reduces operating costs. Improved energy efficiency results in lower energy bills, reduced climate change levy payments and shortens payback periods.
So the next time you’re thinking about investing in plant or machinery, think about future operating costs – not lowest purchase cost – and see your utility bills fall.
Download this ECA Guide to learn more or visit the Energy Technology List Website

As of July 1, 2014 all construction projects new and remodelled must have mandatory lighting controls in the State of California, verified by State registered Acceptance Test Technician!

Jack Yapp, VP National Lighting Contractors Association of America (NLCAA) a new non-profit organization explains – We are promoting hands on training along with classroom presentation on lighting control installation. We are in the process of having our curriculum accepted by the California Energy Commission to become Lighting Control Acceptance Test Technician Certified Provider. As of July 1, 2014 all construction projects, new and remodelled, must have mandatory lighting controls. They must have a State registered Acceptance Test Technician verify that the controls comply with the energy code standard.
Click here for more information on how Niagara SI and Distributor Partners can acquire this new accreditation.

CNS adds additional language skill resource for 2014!

Teresa Pole Baker Gouveia has joined CNS to supports its growing business development in non English speaking regions. Teresa will initially be targeting our Latin American region providing local language communication, education, product and commercial support. More information…

Five Reasons Why Smart Building Tech Is a No-Brainer –

Rapid return on investment, Operating-expense advantage, Marketing mileage, Energy savings, Improved Corporate Social Responsibility profile
Facing pressure to manage costs, risks and energy consumption, commercial building owners and investors are exploring how smart building technologies can help a company’s triple bottom line—people, planet, profits. Five key trends are making smart buildings a “no-brainer” for commercial property owners and investors, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s latest report, “The Changing Face of Smart Buildings: The Op-Ex Advantage.
Sule Aygoren, Editor-in-Chief for ALM’s Real Estate Media Group

£50M Interest free funding for public and private companies

£50M Interest free funding for public and private companies implementing efficient, effective and reliable technologies to reduce Carbon emissions that can deliver a return on investment within a 5 year period. As an E U report on elitedali reveals it is the lowest CO2 emitting solution for intelligent lighting control so now couldn’t be a better time for your business to benefit.
For more details of this scheme please contact Control Network Solutions.

Pretoria, South Africa sees another iconic Green Star rated 36,000 m²+ building, being fitted out with Control Network Solution’s elitedali™ Niagara DALI® lighting controls by Landis & Staefa S A.

Agrivaal PretoriaTridium’s Niagara is the web convergent platform technology that is the DALI commissioning tool and lighting controller. This project follows on from the successful completion of the 60,000 m² Standard Bank Rosebank (see July 2013 elitedali News item below) project in Johannesburg.
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Environmental Systems, Inc. (ESI), upgrades Panel Shop lighting to Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI®) lighting

ESI Upgrades Panel Shop lighting to Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI®) with elitedali for Niagara, for more information click here.

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Powell Systems, UK, creates ‘smartest’ DALI lighting control solutions

News ItemAs building regulations and growing energy awareness drives demand for improved lighting controls, Powell Systems has developed a new Smart DALI lighting solution that is standards-based, vendor independent and fully integrated in Niagara – which could cut lighting consumption in public and commercial buildings by up to 75%.

elitedali for Niagara® is a BAS integrated lighting control solution for commercial and public buildings that delivers everything and more identified in Michael Chow’s article for Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine

“Incorporating day-lighting and lighting controls with a building automation system (BAS) can result in significant energy savings. There are other benefits as well, including compliance with energy codes, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED, credits, and Energy Star.
A successful BAS design that incorporates day-lighting and lighting controls will help meet energy codes, achieve LEED prerequisites and credits, save energy while maintaining appropriate lighting levels for the building occupants, and provide the facility manager with a system to collect and analyze data relating to lighting energy usage. The designer should advise the facility’s owner of the added design and implementation costs of the system against the calculated energy savings and return on investment.”
Michael Chow is the founder and owner of Metro CD Engineering.
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UK Government Minister to visit Control Network Solutions Ltd.

As the UK Government continues to develop policies that support the UK’s determination to reduce its CO2 emissions according to the commitments made under the Kyoto Protocol, it takes serious interest in innovative, often market disruptive, solutions that support such.
The visit to Control Network Solutions (CNS) is to enable Ministers learn more about how CNS’s innovative intelligent lighting solution called “elitedali” delivers at lower cost than traditionally delivered lighting solutions, better end client experience, whilst reducing energy demand per light fitting and fully supporting load shedding solutions. Further independent E U study shows that elitedali offers significantly reduced CO2 emissions when compared to traditional intelligent lighting solutions both at point of manufacture and in use.

Visit Tridium and see the latest Niagara DALI® and EnoCean® solutions at The Energy Event

EnergyEventVisit Tridium and see the latest Niagara DALI® and EnoCean® solutions at The Energy Event, NEC, Birmingham Stand B01, Halls 7 & 8
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Who’s Your Competitor?

As a BMS/BAS SI are you really sure you know who your competitor is? Read the Full Article

End Client’s; namely building developers, owners, manager and users regarding “Big Data” – Is your business is missing intelligent lighting device data?

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Sunday Times reports “Standard Bank’s Rosebank building achieves top 10 Eco rating in South Africa”

elitedali Niagara™ for DALI® lighting solution is used to control, maintain, manage and visualise 4,500 DALI light fixtures and 2,500 DALI multisensors to provide efficient and highly effective fully integrated lighting. Tridium’s Niagara web technology convergent BMS/BAS platforms are used to entirely commission both HVAC and lighting systems as well as control, maintain, manage, visualise and analyse both systems.
The entire Niagara DALI lighting solution and BMS was successfully delivered by Landis & Staefa, one of CNS’s Certified elitedali Partners in the region. Landis & Staefa are one of a rapidly growing group of global Niagara System Integrators successfully delivering such DALI lighting solutions around the world, in addition to their traditional BMS/BAS products and services.
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To appreciate this project’s business impact on the local Niagara SI Partner you should read this article