“Reinvent yourself in the fast-changing world of the IoT – it’s a new dawn for lighting designers,” says Martin Klaasen, Founder of KLD.
As one of the leading design practices in the world in hospitality, commercial and corporate lighting, Klaasen Lighting Design is always on the lookout for new technologies and lighting applications that will create added value for clients and operators as well as improve the experience for hotel guests.
One of the most influential trends that will have a major impact on the way lighting designers provide services will be lighting and the IoT.
KLD, as one of the very first lighting design practices in the world, has just launched its Lighting Design of Things platform providing an exciting new way to connect and partner with leading IoT players, be it manufacturers, developers, property owners, operators, architect, data system providers or other key project designers.
The reason for this trend is that lighting is becoming the prime choice of host and carrier for IoT data infrastructures and systems. Intelligent lighting control and predictive management, space and occupancy analytics, beacon networking and Bluetooth communication, to name a few, will be additional IoT driven applications that will be available in addition to the lighting function of a light fixture. Understanding the impact of these on lighting design will be crucial for the future integrity of lighting design. Traditional architectural lighting performance and quality lighting concepts are coming under pressure from non-related lighting functions. The new generation lighting systems will be able to see, sense and communicate!
Seeing in terms of being able to actually record the movements of people and objects through low pixel sensing technology built into the lighting IoT devices. We all know how small a mobile phone or laptop camera is, so it is no surprise that this new generation of sensor devices can easily be built into the trim of a light fitting. Privacy laws, however, restrict this to being a low pixel grade, showing only location, shape, density and velocity. Having end-to-end privacy compliance will be one of the IoT’s key requirements for implementation to comply with the latest worldwide General Data Privacy Regulations.
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Sensing in terms of measuring changes in space, its utilisation and environmental characteristics; these are lighting and non-lighting related. Sensing the change in lighting levels, daylight, light output, changes in colour temperature, energy consumption and other components related to the performance quality of the artificial lighting, will help monitor, operate, control and manage the lighting systems. In non-lighting related terms the IoT sensor devices can register temperature changes, humidity changes, air-conditioning levels, engage with people, space usage, personal interests and preferences and locate objects with tagging devices. It subsequently can analyse and activate a pre-programmed action to adapt to the situation or provide analytics that can be used to improve usage and services.
Communicate in terms of lighting points “talking” to each other, to a central communications gateway or to mobile devices. It is critical to make sure that the “communication” system is open and scalable. This communication can either be initiated manually (yes human beings can still be involved…) or through AI (Artificial Intelligence) either through pre-programmed actions and reactions or through its own determined intelligence. Wayfinding, security management, alert and info streaming between occupants, end users and visitors will improve safety and efficiency, creating win-win added value for all involved.
The reason for this trend is that lighting is becoming the prime choice of host and carrier for IoT data infrastructures and systems.
It is not difficult to see how managing and facilitating the integration of IoT into lighting design will be crucial for the future and relevance of lighting designers. KLD, as one of the very first lighting design practices in the world, has just launched its Lighting Design of Things platform providing an exciting new way to connect and partner with leading IoT players, be it manufacturers, developers, property owners, operators, architect, data system providers or other key project designers.
Leading data infrastructure provider Gooee was the very first to sign a partnership agreement with KLD and others are also currently in discussion.