The need for a connected network with substantial cabling requirements has been eradicated.
In a wireless system, integrated wireless nodes are housed within the luminaire and communicate with each other.
Not only do wireless systems facilitate greater flexibility in the present, they also open up more opportunities in the future. With the extra cabling needs removed, networks can be scaled up with a minimum of fuss, while additional spaces or even separate buildings can be brought under the control of the same system.
Heat mapping software provides tangible data to help manage facilities, tracking and monitoring how areas in a building are being used. This data can be used to set lighting levels and sensor settings accordingly in order to reduce energy. The below image illustrates the Vision Smart heat mapping software.
At 10:00am, most people are in the classrooms, so the majority of energy is being used in these areas.
At 12:30pm, it is lunchtime, so the heat maps indicate a lot of foot traffic in the canteen and corridors.
At the end of the school day, 4:45pm, there are only staff left at the school, so the lights are only required in the offices and select classrooms.
What makes Vision Smart unique however, is that it provides more than just energy savings. The major benefit of Vision Smart is that it is easily scalable and quick to install. Wireless nodes communicate with one another between rooms, floors and buildings, allowing the network to be scaled up across entire estates if required.
All manageable via the app and web portal, Vision Smart is simple to install, commission and use, providing greater flexibility than wired lighting connections. Luminaires can be grouped, controlled and managed under a secure network, affording effortless control only to those who are authorised.
Wireless networks also deliver substantial benefits in terms of emergency lighting. Emergency luminaries are required by law (BS 5266) to be tested monthly and annually to ensure compliance. This can be costly, so the value of self-test automated systems is clear.
Tamlite’s Vision Smart allows for scheduled tests to be carried out. Basic connected systems facilitate automated testing, but at random. As tests involve the lighting being temporarily switched off and back on, this can cause additional problems for occupants, so it is vital that facility managers are able to schedule the date and time of their emergency tests.