For technology to have a personal impact on our consumers, it needs to touch them at every point of their lives. As people spend a large part of their day in the office, a good working environment is essential to their health and wellbeing.
When we began to explore the potential for adding value to spaces through lighting, offices were an obvious starting point. We wanted to use lighting to improve workspaces so that workers could feel more comfortable, productive and in control of their environments. We tried to find a way to make office lighting smarter.
The end result was that we were able to launch the world’s first complete Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connected lighting system for open-plan offices.
The edge of innovation
We approached workspace innovation leaders Deloitte and OVG Real Estate to collaborate on a project that would explore how lighting could improve how buildings worked through the use of data. We focused on how we could deliver both individual benefits for employees and enable office managers and owners to control their assets more efficiently.
After exploring how innovations such as digital ceilings could help building managers and workers do their job better, we had a good idea of the capabilities we needed to enable. We developed a pioneering office lighting system that would use PoE to connect lighting fixtures to a building’s IT network. We installed the system at ‘The Edge’, a cutting-edge office building in Amsterdam.
An integrated view
All of the office’s lighting fixtures have been outfitted with sensors that capture encrypted data on information such as room occupancy, temperature and humidity. This data interfaces with building systems such as heating, ventilation and IT services, giving the building manager real-time and historical information of building utilization. The manager is able to enjoy an integrated view of the building’s occupancy patterns and energy usage, allowing them to make more informed decisions and streamlining operational efficiency.
The power of the lighting system lies in its personalization capabilities. Office workers can connect using a smartphone app, which will inform the system of their locations via overhead lights. They can then control aspects of their environment such as temperature and lighting to suit both their personal preferences and the tasks they are working on, thereby creating a more comfortable working environment, even in open-plan offices. The result is greater comfort and productivity.
A glimpse of the future
Because heating, cooling and lighting account for 70% of a building’s energy usage, an intelligent lighting system can greatly increase the building’s levels of energy efficiency through the level of detail and control tenants enjoy. As a result of the lighting system, The Edge has attained an outstanding sustainability certification from BREEAM, the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.
The Edge will serve as a blueprint for the sustainable office building of the future, one that uses connected technology and innovation to lower its carbon footprint and deliver better value for its owners, managers and occupants. It’s just another way in which we’re bringing sustainable living to the workspace.