by Brianna Crandall — August 16, 2019 — Current, powered by GE, unveiled a series of new products and digital solutions at the recent LIGHTFAIR International event that are designed to deliver productivity savings to end users, including a new people-count sensor for space optimization. The company says it is focused on engineering products that extend benefits beyond energy savings with innovative approaches to installation, component modularity and asset management designed to save time and increase efficiency.
Current by GE is a digital engine for intelligent environments that blends advanced light-emitting diode (LED) technology with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings, retail stores, industrial facilities and cities more energy efficient and productive. Backed by a broad ecosystem of technology partners, Current is helping businesses and cities unlock hidden value and realize the potential of their environments.
Current says its digital innovations showcased at LIGHTFAIR demonstrate the industry’s shift to efficiency improvements that extend beyond lighting. The new productivity-improving products include:
- Daintree People Counter: Current debuted its new Daintree WMZ10 people-count sensor to passively count people in commercial office settings. The ceiling sensor is an economical solution for companies to anonymously count people in open areas. When coupled with Current’s desk-level occupancy sensors, the solution creates an efficient way for real estate executives and facilities managers (FMs) to understand space utilization and make changes as necessary.
- IMS Evolve: A new partnership with IMS Evolve allows Current to help food retailers reduce operational costs and improve customer experience. The IMS technology leverages real-time performance and efficiency data from refrigeration, lighting and HVAC assets to drive significant savings across energy, waste and maintenance/supply chain spend. With these new levels of control and visibility, grocery customers have reportedly moved beyond energy savings to realizing productivity improvements such as reducing stock loss from machine failure by approximately 50 percent, and slashing reactive maintenance calls by 40 percent.
Current also introduced products delivering advancements in installation:
- LUR Retrofit: Current’s new LUR Refit product features a patented mechanical-electrical interconnect technology engineered to decrease installation time by 75 percent compared to other suspended fixture retrofit products, making it particularly valuable in retail spaces with long continuous runs of suspended fixtures. Once the starter is installed, it takes less than two minutes to install an eight-foot fixture, which Current says is less than a tube and driver replacement solution. The LUR includes Current’s TriGain technology and has built-in features to eliminate snaking. It is also the first product to debut Current’s new photo banding technology, which works with iOS and Android devices to enable more precise indoor positioning than BLE for retail applications.
- Cobra Head: Customers working on outdoor solutions can improve installation efficiency by upgrading their 150W HID Cobra Head products with Current’s new ERLC Compact Cobra Head, which is 30 percent lighter (8 vs 12.5 lbs.), with comparable lumen output to illuminate local roads. This product is complemented by Current’s new Cat-M version of its LightGrid Outdoor Wireless Control, which is designed to extend controllability beyond city centers onto highways, rest stops, malls and suburban areas where streetlighting is sparser.
Earlier this year, Current introduced the RPL, its first flat panel retrofit door kit with field-installable lighting controls, and one of the first LED replacements for a traditional 1000W HID lamp used in industrial and outdoor applications.
For more information about the new products, visit the Current, powered by GE website.