Schneider partners towards an Internet of Buildings

Wed, 2016-06-08 06:00 -- SCC Staff

In case you haven't noticed, the smart cities sector is awash in partnering initiatives. Companies are working overtime to pre-integrate their solutions, so cities don't have to take on that onerous challenge. Case in point: The announcement below from lighting pioneer Digital Lumens and energy giant Schneider Electric.

Digital Lumens combines LED lights with networking with software into an integrated system. Now it will integrate with the SmartStruxure building management platform, which pulls together data from many different systems.  It relates to the overall EcoStuxure architecture from Schneider Electric, a Lead Partner of the Smart Cities Council. As Schneider puts it: "EcoStruxure is not a product, but rather an approach."

Someday, everything will be connected and we'll have a true Internet of Things. Right now, we have to take it one step at a time. An Internet of Buildings — a system where all of a building's devices and lights are connected — is a great interim goal. This announcement gets us closer. — Jesse Berst

Digital Lumens, the market leader in intelligent lighting systems, today announced that it has partnered with Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation. The partnership enables Schneider Electric customers to leverage the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) across a variety of building environments via Digital Lumens’ sensor-based connected lighting and next-generation analytics suite.

Digital Lumens’ systems make buildings intelligent, collecting data that can help companies be more productive, use space more efficiently, manage energy costs and gain insight into business operations across the entire enterprise. Its open API allows the company’s LightRules software platform to seamlessly integrate with third-party building management systems and provides access to an array of real-time sensor data and controls—including occupancy, temperature and energy use—from solutions such as Schneider Electric’s SmartStruxure™ solution.

As part of the partnership, Schneider Electric will add support for Digital Lumens' sensors and software to its SmartStruxure offering, using the stream of data that LightRules generates to optimize and improve other building subsystems like HVAC, security, energy management and life safety.

“Lighting is everywhere the IoT wants to be. Our systems deploy networks of sensing points throughout buildings, on top of a data and analytics platform that can both manage the torrent of data these nodes produce and distill it into actionable insights,” said Brian Chemel, Co-Founder and CTO of Digital Lumens. “By integrating with building management systems like Schneider's SmartStruxure solution, we can arm customers with unprecedented views into how their facilities really work. We're excited to partner with Schneider Electric on this initiative to deliver new IoT implementations that demonstrate real business value.”

“Our Silicon Valley Innovation Center was created to work more closely with startups, like Digital Lumens, to identify and develop energy management innovations through IoT technologies that add new value for customers using Schneider Electric’s solution portfolio,” said Paul Campbell, Vice President, Innovation, Schneider Electric. “By working together to leverage connected technologies, we can tap into new capabilities that provide our customers with enhanced energy management and automation solutions that improve efficiency, sustainability, reliability and safety.”

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