See how Mandalay Bay’s wireless lighting controls can provide individual control capabilities and save energy

by Brianna Crandall — August 15, 2018 — MGM Resorts International selected an innovative wireless control network for its Mandalay Bay Convention Center to digitize more than 1,600 light fixtures covering approximately 1 million square feet of floor space across six exhibit halls, demonstrating the potential of the network to maximize energy savings and transform almost any facility with its granular control capabilities.

Current, powered by GE (a first-of-its-kind intelligent environments technology startup within the walls of GE) was contracted to install its Daintree Enterprise wireless controls network to reduce the amount of supplemental lighting required for major trade shows while gaining exhibitor-specific control capabilities in Mandalay Bay’s giant convention center, the second largest in Las Vegas.

Open exhibit space showing lighting in ceiling

Current by GE’s Daintree Enterprise wireless controls network was selected to digitize 1,600+ light fixtures covering approximately 1 million sq. ft. of floor space across six Mandalay Bay exhibit halls. Image courtesy Current by GE

Daintree, which combines Intel technology with web-based software to automate energy management, building control and system configuration from any location, was recently designated as an Intel Market Ready Solution.

Since Daintree is an open, standards-based solution, users can choose from a variety of best-in-breed interoperable fixtures and sensors from trusted suppliers, and the system’s wireless nature makes it extremely flexible and a fraction of the cost and complexity of wired systems, with the ability to be used in areas where it would be hard to run wiring, says the company.

The ability to modify light levels from 0 to 100 percent, along with real-time management capability above each booth, is said to be a game-changing benefit for a fashion-forward show like UBM Fashion’s MAGIC Trade Show, which used the new digital network successfully earlier this year and opened another show at the Mandalay Bay this week.

Chris Magee, vice president of Sustainable Facilities at MGM Resorts, stated:

Current’s Daintree controls are supporting our energy-saving goals while improving the customer and client experience. Strong partners with significant commitment to the environment are what makes these types of projects a success.

Energy Resources of Boulder, CO worked with Current to implement the platform as a first step toward fully digitizing the facility’s lighting infrastructure. MGM Resorts is also exploring adding additional functionality that would integrate the lighting system data with its corporate building analytics platform.

Garrett Miller, chief digital officer at Current, powered by GE, remarked:

For many years, Las Vegas has sat at the epicenter of building innovation, and we are excited to be working with the MGM Resorts team to pioneer the next generation of digital lighting technology. The granular control capabilities of our Daintree system at a site as large as Mandalay Bay demonstrates the potential to extend beyond energy savings.

Daintree is Current’s second platform to be designated as an Intel Market Ready Solution. Current and Intel also jointly market and sell Current’s CityIQ platform, which is being deployed in cities like San Diego, CA; Atlanta, GA; and Portland, OR.

“From office buildings to convention centers to city streets, our collaboration with Intel is transforming urban infrastructure into more intelligent environments,” concluded Current CDO Miller.

For more information about the Daintree Enterprise wireless controls network, visit the Current by GE website.