Lighting trend setters, industry-leading lighting companies and lighting experts have descended on Philadelphia this week for the annual LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) event. LFI, the preeminent architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, brings together the latest, most innovative lighting companies to demonstrate the technologies shaping the industry, and the new innovations that will change how we illuminate our world into the future.
In advance of – and during – this year’s LFI, the Modern Equipment Manufacturer will be speaking with some of the many lighting companies that will be demonstrating their solutions and announcing exciting new technologies at this year’s conference.
The first interview in our LFI series was with Satish Agrawal, PhD, of Aurea Lighting, an innovator of high efficiency, healthy LED lighting solutions. For our next interview, we sat down with Dave Weidner, senior director, Pelion Market Development at Arm – a multinational developer of semiconductor IP and IoT software solutions.
During our discussion, we asked Dave about Arm’s solutions, how they benefit both equipment manufacturers and owners, and what he views as the latest trends in the lighting industry. Here is what he had to say:
Modern Equipment Manufacturer (MEM): Can you tell our readers a little bit about Arm? What does the company do? What industries does it service?
Dave Weidner: Arm technology is at the heart of a computing and connectivity revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. Arm’s IoT software and services technology helps customers derive real business value from their connected devices and data.
Arm’s partners have shipped more than 130 billion chips with Arm-based technology, and more than 70 percent of the world’s population uses Arm technology.
Arm has two major business units: IP Products Group (IPG) and IoT Services Group (ISG). IPG develops semiconductor IP that is licensed to companies that make computer chips which are used in everything from smartphones, digital TVs, washing machines, cars, networking equipment, servers, aircraft, etc. Around 40 percent of all digital electronic chips that contain a processor are based on Arm technology.
ISG provides device, connectivity and data management services through its Pelion IoT platform to securely connect and manage the world’s devices and data. These services accelerate the time to value of organizations’ IoT deployments by helping them easily connect trusted IoT devices on global networks, invisibly administer them, and extract real-time data from them to drive competitive advantage.
Arm also provides Mbed OS, a PSA certified, free, open source, RTOS-based operating system for developers to seamlessly create IoT applications. In addition, the Arm Treasure Data Customer Data Platform (CDP) enables enterprises to securely unify data from multiple sources – online, offline, IoT, etc. – to drive more personalized customer experiences.
For IoT Services, we are focusing on the utilities, retail, connected spaces and transportation and logistics verticals. However, our Pelion IoT platform is a flexible, secure, and efficient foundation that spans industries.
MEM: We’re obviously seeing a huge push towards consumer products becoming “smarter” and more connected. Are you seeing a similar push with commercial and industrial equipment and products? What’s driving that demand for connected industrial and commercial equipment?
Dave Weidner: Yes, definitely. Commercial property managers are under pressure to maximize value per square foot and deliver more optimal experiences for their occupants. IoT can help solve these challenges by providing better insights and predictability for space usage including room occupancy, resource trends and traffic patterns.
Additionally, commercial building property managers can leverage IoT to design energy efficient and monetizable spaces, as well as increase employee safety, productivity and engagement. The key is to provide these property managers with secure, easy to deploy and scalable smart spaces solutions that provide actionable, discernable and relevant data.
MEM: How is this trend playing out in the lighting industry? Are lights and lighting systems becoming more connected? If so, what is driving this demand for connected, smart lights and lighting systems?
Dave Weidner: Yes, we see the trend of lighting systems becoming more connected. In fact, Boston Consulting Group estimates that 25 percent of all luminaires will be “smart” by 2020.
Organizations are implementing solutions such as our Indoor Lighting for cost savings such as energy management and automatic emergency testing. They are also using the solution to provide better occupant experiences through things such as tailored room lighting based on users’ preferences.
MEM: What are some of the trends and technologies that you’re expecting to dominate discussion at this year’s LIGHTFAIR?
Dave Weidner: We expect there to be a lot of interest in IoT at LIGHTFAIR, and how companies can easily and seamlessly transition from traditional lighting to smart lighting enabled by IoT. We discussed this very topic during a lunch and learn on Tuesday at the show.
Along these lines, discussions on different types of connectivity protocols (such as BLE Mesh, Thread, etc.,) and which of these are most optimal for smart lighting environments. In addition, we see a trend for these lighting companies, as well as system integrators, to start looking at ways they can expand their offering to drive value in connected spaces – such as obtaining a better understanding of usage and availability of space within the building.
Security is another key topic and is of utmost importance due to the large volume of connected devices in lighting.
MEM: Is Arm releasing or announcing anything exciting at this year’s show?
Dave Weidner: Arm is announcing Space Analytics as part of its Pelion Smart Spaces solutions. Space Analytics is tailored for property managers of coworking spaces and conference/convention hotels, but is also valuable to all commercial offices. The solution provides actionable insights on space and resource usage and occupant behavior to help property managers maximize revenues, provide better occupant experience and improve operational efficiencies.
MEM: How will Space Analytics help users?
Dave Weidner: A few examples of key benefits that a property manager could realize from implementing Space Analytics include: providing discounted pricing to customers for non-peak hours, aggregating multiple hot-desks into a single reserved office space, offering the best and closest available working space, maximizing occupant experience and engagement, or reducing operating expenses related to energy, cleaning and lighting through a better understanding of usage and occupancy.
Customers can also pair this with Arm’s Indoor Lighting solution to deliver room lighting based on users’ preferences. OEMs are a channel for us and they will be able to expand their offerings to include Space Analytics, as well as integrate our Pelion IoT platform capabilities underneath their own application platform.
For additional information about Arm Pelion Smart Spaces solutions, visit http://www.arm.com/smart-spaces.