John (Jack) Curran Ph.D.
Track L | Emerging Energy Trends
Smart Buildings have become a major buzzword in the lighting industry as of late. LEDs and inexpensive sensors fit well together as they are both inherently low voltage devices and when combined with system control provides opportunities never before possible. Everyone is looking at how to interconnect what have previously been separate controls systems (e.g. security, HVAC, lighting, etc.). However, major turf wars are sure to develop with major players from each of the elements of the Smart Building system vying to take control of the overall system.
The lighting industry has had a major advantage particularly with respect to sensors, as the industry “owns” the ceiling. However, that could change quickly as new players from other industries enter the market. What will the future hold as these battles for control of control systems take place? In addition, how does complexity play a role? While HVAC and security systems are more the domain of the facility manager, lighting is different as it involves the end user. Complex systems not understood by the lighting designer, facility manager, installer and end user could result in poor performance. Smart Buildings are going to require some major rethinking on behalf of industries players. This presentation will review some of these issues, which if not addressed correctly, will hamper the advancement of smart buildings.
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