World’s first LiFi enabled light bar!

Mainstream adoption of LiFi will be available within LED light bars which will replace the most widely utilized light source in the world – fluorescent tubes.

The introduction of the first LED “light bar” is forecasted to replace the most conventional form of lighting within commercial and industrial facilities: fluorescent tubes; with an estimated 3-4 billion installed throughout the world.

pureLiFi and Linmore LED will demonstrate this new technology at LuxLive from the 15-16th of November 2017 (London GB) as part of their LiFi experience zone.

WiFi versus LiFi

Wireless connectivity is evolving. The spectrum now has to accommodate more mobile users and is forecasted to increase to 20 Billion devices (forming the IoT) by the year 2020 which will result in what is known as the Spectrum Crunch. However, LiFi can open up 1000 times more spectrum for wireless communications to combat this phenomenon.  LiFi is a transformative technology changing the way we connect to the Internet by using the same light we use to illuminate our offices, home and streets.

Integration of LiFi within LED strip lights will drive mass adoption, enabling LiFi to easily move into full-scale implementation within offices, schools, warehouses and anywhere illumination is required.

Alistair Banham, CEO of pureLiFi says: “This partnership marks a step change for LiFi adoption. We can now offer new solutions that will help industry, future proof their spaces, devices and technology to ensure they are ready to cope with the increased demand for highspeed, secure and mobile wireless communications.”

LiFi utilizes LED lights that illuminate both our workspace and homes to transmit high-speed, bi-directional, secure and fully networked wireless internet.

What is LiFi
LiFi is high speed bi-directional networked and mobile communication of data using light. LiFi comprises of multiple light bulbs that form a wireless network, offering a substantially similar user experience to Wi-Fi except using the light spectrum.

Lighting manufacturers are important players in the adoption of LiFi technology. Linmore LED has built its reputation in the retrofit market, and they ensure their portfolio of LED products perform in the top 1% for energy efficiency in the industry.

Retrofit fixtures are in great demand as many facilities seek to drive down energy costs by as much as 70-80% which can be achieved by converting to LED technology. This trend is also driven by the increased operating life that LEDs provide and the concerns of toxic mercury utilized within fluorescent lamps that complicates disposal. This provides a scenario where building owners and facility managers can adopt LiFi technology while dramatically decreasing lighting-related energy costs at the same time.

Paul Chamberlain, CEO of Linmore LED says: “Utilizing an existing part of a building’s infrastructure – lighting – opens up endless possibilities for many other technologies to have a deployment backbone.  Internet of Things (IoT), RFID, product and people movement systems, facility maintenance, and a host of other technologies are taken to the next level with LiFi available throughout a facility.”

John Gilmore, Linmore’s VP of Sales talks about early adopters of the technology: “We’re very excited to be aligning ourselves with pure LiFi. We firmly believe the US Government will be an early adopter of this technology. Our position on GSA schedule will help buyers be able to easily access the technology.”

LiFi offers lighting innovators the opportunity to enter new markets and drive completely new sources of revenue by providing wireless communications systems. LiFi is a game changer not only for the communications industry but also for the lighting industry, and with LiFi, Linmore certainly has a brighter future. 

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Wireless makes waves in building automation!


IMS Research’s latest report “The EMEA and Americas Markets for Building Automation Controllers, Software and Sensors – 2011 Edition” has found the air waves in buildings are increasingly being filled with signals from building automation systems.

In 2011, wireless sensors accounted for just over 15% of the 21 million building automation sensors shipped in the EMEA and the Americas markets combined. The number of wireless sensors is forecast to increase to over 25% of total building automation sensors in EMEA and the Americas by 2015.

William Rhodes, Market Analyst at IMS Research comments, “The increasing traction for wireless building automation solutions is likely to be apparent at the upcoming AHR Expo show. Some of the pre-show announcements, including from Ecologix, E+E Elektronik and Can2Go, have already hinted at the many new wireless sensors and wireless products being released in early 2012.” 

Wireless solutions offer some of the greatest advantages in retrofit installations. Rather than drilling holes and running cables; electricians, integrators and contractors can install wireless sensors, saving on installation costs and time. In new build installations wireless building automation sensors are also popular in buildings with high ceilings because wireless sensors can be installed quicker than running cables for wired systems.

Rhodes continues, “There are obvious installation cost savings from wireless solutions. However, despite the cost savings in installation, the price of wireless devices is generally more expensive than wired equivalents. In terms of the continued growth of wireless building automation systems, the additional price of the devices could inhibit adoption when users do not take into consideration the installation costs. Consequently, IMS Research predicts that wired sensors will maintain the largest share of the market over the next five years.”

The IMS Research report on the EMEA and Americas markets for building automation controllers, software and sensors presents base year and forecast data for wireless sensors and controllers used in building automation systems. The report segments the building automation sensor market by five major sensor capabilities and 17 sensor types.

• The ISA has recently set up a Building Automation Division (Nov 2011)

Building automation: recovery in Europe


Smarter and Energy-efficient Buildings Create $2-billion European Building Automation Systems Market
Energy management and lighting solutions are likely to lead the industry, while heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems will continue to play an important role

The EU Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD) is aimed at improving the energy performance of residential and non-residential buildings, both new and existing.

The European building automation systems market is recovering from the slump it faced in 2009 due to the recession. While the recovery has been sharp, the market still needs to stabilise and expand its growth opportunities in emerging regions and end-user segments. In the meantime, energy efficiency requirements and legislative support from EU Directives will largely drive the market.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan , European Building Automation Systems Market, finds that the market earned revenues of €1247 million  ($1,769.5m) in 2010 and estimates this to reach €1497  million ($2,123.6m) in 2017. The research covers the following building functions: HVAC and sanitation, energy management and lighting, fire and life safety, security and alarm and structural systems.

“Energy efficiency is the key market driver for building automation systems,” notes Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Neetha Jayanth. “Energy management is the functional segment that will aid the growth of this market, especially following the implementation of EU Directives such as EPBD (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive).”

In the wake of a positive performance in 2010, energy management and lighting solutions are likely to lead the building automation systems market, while the prevalent heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) automation systems will continue to play an important role.

Among end users, office complexes will continue to be the key segment that manufacturers need to address, although public buildings and education centres are fast emerging as important growth segments.

The high investment required for building automation system installation has restricted its penetration, especially in existing buildings. Although the ratio of new and existing buildings is gradually balancing out, demand is still skewed, given the number of existing buildings versus new construction.

“While the payback period on investment is expected to decline in the future, the initial investment required, especially in existing buildings, is often high,” remarks Jayanth. “This is due to the need to replace existing systems and devices, where they are not compatible and to update the communication technology between devices.”

The burden of investment has been more sharply felt during the recession, when both private and public expenditure on automation systems declined. The inertia of the recession is anticipated to dampen the compound annual growth rate.

The adoption of open systems and prospect of cost saving on energy expenditure will be important to overcome the price barrier. Inviting interest through an efficient system that can yield returns on investment in a short period, especially with the rising energy prices, is the way forward.

“Manufacturers should design efficient systems that address high energy consuming devices for each building, while ensuring that the building automation system itself does not consume too much power,” advises Jayanth. “Manufacturers also need to work on adopting suitable distribution channels in each country geared to the domestic market and create a pool of skilled labour for installation and service.”

• See also The Build-up Communities – Energy Performance of Buildings Directive Community.