by Brianna Crandall — April 27, 2016 — Lunera Lighting, a lighting innovator for advanced LED technology, recently announced a new lighting and control technology platform called SensAble Technology that can help building owners and facilities managers control their lighting systems and reduce energy costs.
The SensAble Technology platform integrates advanced Doppler radar occupancy sensors, infrared (IR) daylight sensors, power usage monitoring and Zigbee wireless connectivity into Lunera’s next-generation commercial Helen Lamp Linear T8, Helen Lamp PL and Susan Lamp HID plug-and-play LED lamp families.
The new Helen ST and Susan ST lamps, which automatically respond to their environment when plugged in (no commissioning required), are expected to deliver up to 30 percent more energy savings compared to standard light-emitting diode (LED) lamps, while eliminating the need for discrete sensors. Installation is plug and play, adding value to a business at a fraction of the cost of conventional lighting control systems, says Lunera.
Tom Quinn, Lunera’s vice president of Sales and Marketing, explains:
Our integration of SensAble Technology creates a powerful tool that enables building owners and operators to leverage their existing lighting infrastructure and the ubiquity of the common light socket to cost-effectively unleash the potential of an IoT Ecosystem. Adding a simple Control Hub to connect the wirelessly networked ST Lamps to the cloud and the ST Platform becomes the central nervous system of your building. As part of the ST Connect service, advanced analytics and Apps are available for mining of operational and environmental data to bring additional business value to your real estate portfolio.
Lunera’s simple, non-disruptive approach to leveraging a building’s existing infrastructure to deploy a low-cost network of advanced sensors solves a critical problem facing the creation of functioning Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems in the commercial real estate market.
Lunera CEO Doug Schendt points out:
There is a great deal of excitement about the IoT, big data, software analytics and SaaS business models becoming a reality for commercial buildings. However, nothing can happen until the data is captured, and this requires an efficient, cost-effective way of deploying a sensor network. Lunera’s SensAble Technology Platform and ST Connect ecosystem provide the catalyst needed to make IoT adoption happen rapidly.
St Connect – Moving ST lamp data and analysis to the cloud
Lunera’s Helen ST and Susan ST next-generation lamps are enabled for ST Connect, the networking, control, cloud, and data service solution managed by Stack Labs, which partnered with Lunera on this breakthrough business solution engineered to deliver a “truly energy-efficient, intelligent facility.”
Taking daylight, occupancy and power usage data from ST Lamps, a Stack Enabled Control Hub will transmit the data through an LTE cellular modem to an ST Cloud account, managed by Stack Labs. Data analytics is accomplished through an evolving suite of apps including remote monitoring, space utilization mapping and automated demand response, among others. An additional 25 percent energy savings is expected through ST Connect.
Lunera is demonstrating the ST Platform at the LIGHTFAIR event this week in San Diego. ST Lamps are expected to be available in the second quarter (Q2) of this year, and ST Connect services will roll out in Q3.
Through Lunera’s LightStream Lighting as a Service, introduced in February, the company manages the installation and maintenance of standard plug-and-play or ST lamps. The upfront cost of the lighting upgrade and ongoing service is paid through energy savings, making the lighting and control upgrade profitable from day one.