The two companies are collaborating on the development of IoT solutions for lighting in commercial connected buildings.
Initial connected building application areas are remote monitoring and space management
The Zumtobel Group, an international lighting group and a leading player in the field of innovative lighting solutions and components, and Bosch.IO (formerly Bosch Software Innovations), the software and systems house of the Bosch Group, will cooperate for more energy-efficient, intelligent and commercial connected buildings. In a development partnership project, the companies will initially focus on remote monitoring and space management in the area of smart lighting solutions for connected buildings.
Lighting used as underlying infrastructure to enable new applications in connected buildings
According to Memoori, an independent research company focusing on smart, connected buildings, the majority of building-based IoT devices by 2020 will be installed on the back of lighting systems.
Since buildings are responsible for almost half of the world’s energy consumption, the lighting infrastructure is anticipated to play a key part in enabling a number of use cases for saving energy and costs. Lighting provides a dense network in- and outdoors as it is everywhere and connected to a power source. Apart from that, data is already collected through the luminaires like presence of people in a room. Up to now this data has only been used for lighting controls but in the next step it can unleash much more value when being deployed outside the lighting world, enabling e.g. space management.
First joint connected building project: Life Cycle Tower Building
A collaborative effort between Zumtobel Group, Bosch.IO (formerly Bosch Software Innovations), Dassault Systèmes, a world leader in 3D design software, and Modcam, a digital image recognition startup, is driving forward a successful connected building pilot project at the Life Cycle Tower Building in Dornbirn, Austria. The modern Life Cycle Tower ONE owned by Rhomberg Group, and equipped with a state-of-the-art Zumtobel lighting solution including a smart Zumtobel controls system, is an ideal innovation ground for a connected building as it aims at the highest standards of sustainability and user comfort.
Increasing end user satisfaction in a connected building
The overall system provides real time insights into the building’s status and technical health. Areas covered are for example energy usage and savings per luminaire, per floor or for the entire building, visualizations of presence data and use of spaces. A heat map shows occupancy in a space to help optimize usage efficiency. On the maintenance side, it provides luminaire failure notifications and gives insight relating to operating hours and the usage history of the lighting system. Knowledge about preferred lighting scenes helps optimize light settings and, as a result, increase end user satisfaction.