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Delta’s Bluetooth Panel Light Becomes the First Smart Lighting Product to Achieve a UL Iot Security Rating – SDN – Science & Digital News

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Supports Extensive Value-added Applications in Smart Buildings

TAIPEI, Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, today announced that its Bluetooth panel light PA1 has become the first smart lighting product globally to achieve a UL IoT Security Rating. In the era of rapidly developing Internet of Things (IoT) applications, this demonstrates Delta’s active emphasis on and dedication to cyber security and international certification. Delta’s Bluetooth panel light can be controlled via mobile phones, which can save wiring costs while increasing application flexibility, as well as provide an information backbone for smart buildings. The UL international security certification of PA1 will help Delta expand its global market.

Calvin Wang, head of Delta’s IoT Lighting Business Division, said, “Delta strives to develop IoT-based building automation solutions to promote the development of smart buildings. Lighting fixtures are one of the most common and evenly distributed infrastructures in buildings. The DeltaZhi™ lighting system not only provides lighting but also serves as a node for information acquisition and transmission as the backbone of smart buildings, supporting extensive value-added applications and services. The emphasis on cyber security has long been the principle for Delta’s development team. It is an honor for Delta’s Bluetooth panel light PA1 to be the first smart lighting product globally to achieve a UL IoT Security Rating. In the future, Delta will continue to strengthen the cyber security design of its IoT products to provide clients with more reliable products and services.”

Jonathan (TsungHung) Chen, vice president and managing director of UL Taiwan, emphasized that “Cyber security is a key link in the current development of IoT technology, and UL’s IoT security rating is an important indicator for evaluating the security performance of IoT products. The verification is based on the consensus standards of the global industry. Through rigorous multi-faceted assessments, UL actively detects potential deficiencies in the cyber security of products so as to introduce more effective security protection mechanisms. Delta attaches great importance to and responds to IoT product security certification quickly, demonstrating its determination and commitment to improving the security of IoT products while increasing the market’s attention to IoT cyber security issues.”

The software for Delta’s Bluetooth panel light PA1 effectively uses security keys, thus passing the silver level of the UL IoT Security Rating. Delta’s Bluetooth panel light series products are in compliance with the Bluetooth SIG Mesh Profile. The DeltaZhi™ light control system, with built-in Bluetooth Intelligent Control (BIC) technology that enables decentralized autonomous control technology, allows users to adjust color temperature and brightness, and set the scene and grouping through mobile phones, Bluetooth wall switches or sensors. This system is not limited by the loop nor require complex settings, and can be controlled in group or individually. In addition to saving wiring costs, it can increase application flexibility, which is the dream of many designers. On the basis of Bluetooth, lighting fixtures can form a dense IoT network between themselves as the core backbone of relevant value-added services, such as data collection, indoor positioning, and asset management in smart buildings.

In recent years, IoT applications have increased rapidly, and are expected to greatly change the appearance of future cities, buildings, and factories alongside the development of 5G. However, many experts warn that as long as all devices are connected to the Internet, a cyber security loophole may occur. Delta puts great emphasis on the cyber security of IoT devices and is taking the lead in applying for UL’s strict security certification. For this certification, around 20 tests were conducted in seven categories, including software updates, data and cryptography, protocol security, and system management, which enables Delta to provide more secure and reliable IoT devices to global clients.

About Delta

Delta, founded in 1971, is a global leader in switching power supplies and thermal management products with a thriving portfolio of smart energy-saving systems and solutions in the fields of industrial automation, building automation, telecom power, data center infrastructure, EV charging, renewable energy, energy storage and display, to nurture the development of smart manufacturing and sustainable cities. As a world-class corporate citizen guided by its mission statement, “To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow,” Delta leverages its core competence in high-efficiency power electronics and its CSR-embedded business model to address key environmental issues, such as climate change. Delta serves customers through its sales offices, R&D centers and manufacturing facilities spread over close to 200 locations across 5 continents.

Throughout its history, Delta has received various global awards and recognition for its business achievements, innovative technologies and dedication to CSR. Since 2011, Delta has been listed on the DJSI World Index of Dow Jones Sustainability™ Indices for 10 consecutive years. In 2020, Delta was honored with two “A” leadership level ratings by CDP for its substantial contribution to climate change and water security issues.

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The Bluetooth SIG and the DALI Alliance Remove a Big Barrier for Realizing IoT Lighting Potential | Bluetooth® Technology Website

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The Importance of Standardization

To fully realize this vision and for the commercial connected lighting market to reach mass adoption, standards must be in place to ensure all lighting system components can interoperate smoothly. The two most important components of any commercial connected lighting system are the luminaires and the lighting control network. The collaboration between the Bluetooth SIG and the DALI Alliance brings together the trade association that oversees Bluetooth® technology, the leading IoT standard for wireless lighting control networks, and the organization responsible for the leading IoT standard for intelligent luminaires. The result of that collaboration, the Bluetooth Mesh to DALI Gateway Specification, establishes a bridge between the lighting controls and the sensor-rich luminaires that enables the movement and analysis of building operations data to achieve valuable energy savings, lower maintenance costs, and enhanced services for building managers.

Interoperability between lighting controls and intelligent luminaires benefits everyone on the value chain, from manufacturers to end users. The market will benefit from a wider selection of interoperable intelligent lighting components that will help accelerate the adoption of intelligent, IoT-enabled lighting systems in retrofit and new-build environments.

According to a recently released article by Szymon Slupik, CTO and co-founder at Silvair, Bluetooth® distributed control architecture perfectly matches the DALI application controller concept. “It is not often that you see independent architectures that match and extend each other so well,” said Slupik. “The technology match, together with the close collaboration between the Bluetooth SIG and DiiA, means that the market will benefit from a wider selection of interoperable intelligent lighting components. This, in turn, accelerates the adoption of intelligent, IoT-enabled lighting systems in retrofit and new-build environments. Ultimately, this leads to energy savings and enhanced comfort and user experience, which everyone can afford.”

The collaboration between the Bluetooth SIG and DALI Alliance demonstrates the critical role that standardization plays in removing the barriers prohibiting wider adoption of commercial connected lighting. Standards have always been the catalysts for widespread market adoption. Without standardization, mass adoption remains out of reach. The collaboration will help ensure the development of devices from different manufacturers capable of working together to establish a global, interoperable ecosystem of lighting products, and will help ensure that Bluetooth mesh, when paired with certified DALI-2 and D4i devices, remains the wireless lighting control technology of choice for the professional lighting industry.

“We are excited to support this collaboration between the Bluetooth SIG and DALI Alliance. Establishing a standard Bluetooth mesh interface for D4i intelligent luminaries will open up industry opportunity and enable the deployment of even more advanced, interoperable IoT-enabled commercial lighting systems, while ensuring an equivalent light control behavior between both standards.” 
– Arnulf Rupp, Head of Standardization at OSRAM

The Momentum of Bluetooth® Mesh

A growing ecosystem of Bluetooth® commercial lighting products from leading vendors such as Delta Electronics, Fulham, Leedarson Lighting, McWong, Murata, OSRAM, Sylvania, Zumbtobel, and others is helping drive a 130% CAGR of annual shipments of Bluetooth enabled commercial lighting solutions by 2026. Large-scale implementations in warehouses, retail, horticulture, and commercial offices, including a near 4,000 node deployment in a 22-story office building in North America, offer proof of Bluetooth mesh networking’s scalability and reliability in demanding commercial settings. The unique decentralized control architecture of Bluetooth mesh distributes intelligence across the network and eliminates single points of failure, bringing the resiliency, performance, and ease of implementation needed by installers, building managers, and end users in commercial installations. In addition, unlike other low-power wireless mesh networking technologies, Bluetooth mesh is a complete, full-stack solution that defines everything from the low-level physical radio layer through the high-level application layer, enabling easier product development and greater levels of product interoperability.

The Future of Commercial Connected Lighting

The Bluetooth Mesh® to DALI Gateway Specification represents a key step in enabling lighting control systems to shift from a single-function solution to a platform that feeds building management systems and helps position intelligent lighting infrastructures as central to satisfying the growing demand for increased energy efficiency and improved occupant experience in sustainable, human-centric buildings.

To help streamline the delivery of products to market, the Bluetooth SIG and DALI Alliance are also working together to make it easier for vendors to complete both the Bluetooth product qualification and DALI-2 and D4i product certification processes necessary to ensure interoperability. More information regarding product qualification and certification is expected later this year.

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Safecility: Lighting the way to IoT-enabled building safety

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Emergency lighting is the kind of thing the average person will never have to think about day to day, but would certainly notice if it was missing or malfunctioning in a time of need. It’s a legal requirement in all buildings except individual homes. And while the hope is that it would never be needed, regular testing is necessary to ensure it’s fully capable should that moment ever arise.

“Traditionally, this involves a technician walking around checking each light, repairing them if needed and recording the result in a logbook or spreadsheet,” said Cian O Flaherty, founder and CEO of Safecility.

“Not only does this process take massive amounts of time, it’s expensive and open to human error. What we do is automate the whole process, saving time and money, and improving safety and compliance.”

‘We truly believe that by using sensor technology companies can not only save resources but also save lives’
– CIAN O FLAHERTY

Safecility uses sensors and technology to automate these safety checks. Its first product is focused on emergency lighting, but the company aims to automate even more safety tasks in buildings.

“If you consider organisations with lots of buildings spread out across the country, technicians travelling from site to site each month completing testing and repairs equates to countless hours. It’s absolutely essential that testing is completed, even though it’s inconvenient and time consuming. Automation is the perfect answer to make this process more efficient and accurate,” said O Flaherty.

Results from Safecility’s automated testing can be viewed on any desktop or mobile, meaning estate and facilities managers wouldn’t even have to leave the office to ensure these checks are made as frequently as needed.

A key client base for Safecility includes housing associations facing increased compliance pressures across a wide spread of buildings. The emergency lighting product is wireless and brand-agnostic, meaning sensors can be fitted to any available emergency light without the need to rewire.

“Automation of emergency lighting testing is not a new thing, but in the past required rewiring or a complete change over to a single brand of lights,” said O Flaherty. “We have a far more flexible solution for companies that want a quick retrofit option without being locked into one specific vendor or needing to invest large upfront capital to install.”

O Flaherty said this is counter to the approach taken by other building tech companies who lock customers into a proprietary system as a way to force brand loyalty. “We design flexible easy to use options that solve real problems and inefficiencies, and we design them to be as open and interoperable as possible,” he said.

Ultimately, Safecility is about using technology to create safer environments. “We truly believe that by using sensor technology companies can not only save resources but also save lives,” said O Flaherty.

‘It is expected that £1.6bn will be spent by housing authorities in the UK on fire safety in the next few years’
– CIAN O FLAHERTY

Safecility’s technology is wireless, using internet of things (IoT) networks such as NB-IoT or LoRaWAN to connect the sensors directly to the internet. “These networks allow massive quantities of small sensors to stream data to the internet wirelessly at a low cost,” explained O Flaherty.

“The sensor monitors the status of the light and sends the test results to a central software platform where compliance status and light failures can be seen in real time,” he added.

“What we see in our daily conversations are estate and facilities managers responsible for thousands of buildings understand the value of IoT but face hurdles when they try to scale up. We always keep this in mind with our R&D and aim to design products that are the most flexible and scalable on the market.”

The potential for the technology doesn’t stop at emergency lighting, either. Other mandatory compliance testing from fire door inspection to monitoring for Legionella bacteria can be automated in the same way.

The result of increased automation, according to O Flaherty, would be more accurate records and efficiently targeted repairs. “And by eliminating frequent site visits, a reduction in fuel usage and carbon emissions is seen,” he said.

Branching out to further fire safety checks is in itself a big business opportunity for Safecility. “It is expected that £1.6bn will be spent by housing authorities in the UK on fire safety in the next few years,” predicted O Flaherty.

‘We’ve probably lost some good businesses to lockdown and restrictions and the slow pace of change to funding mechanisms like EIIS’
– CIAN O FLAHERTY

O Flaherty began building Safecility in 2018 and unexpectedly found he was pioneering in the space. “We didn’t realise how early we were in our segment,” he said. “We anticipated more of the technology we would rely on was already available so our time to market was significantly longer than we hoped.”

The company benefitted from grant funding to support early development and gradually grew to a team of seven.

However, last year’s travel restrictions presented an enormous challenge for a small team in Ireland whose main market is in the UK. “We have had a long period changing our strategy to support local channel partners in the UK, educating and developing their skills in selling our product, and that is finally bearing fruit now,” said O Flaherty.

He estimates that Covid-19 extended Safecility’s early pipeline sales cycle by about 12 months, on average. But even with this unexpected hurdle, the company still managed to launch its flagship emergency lighting product in September 2020.

At the start of 2021, it launched what it claimed to be a world-first commercial wireless emergency lighting system. In partnership with Irish company Sensori Facilities Management, this system uses Vodafone’s NB-IoT network.

The company is also continuing its hard work in research and development. “We’re working closely with Limerick City and County Council to develop sensor solutions to help encourage restoration of the city’s Georgian core and get people back living in the city centre. We’ve also won over €150,000 in non-dilutive European funding from the European Space Agency and Horizon 2020 to develop more IoT compliance solutions for the housing sector,” said O Flaherty.

It’s no surprise, then, that he promises “several other exciting projects in the pipeline for 2021” and the company has secured further financing to achieve this. Earlier this month, Safecility was awarded €42,000 in funding from the EU-backed initiative DigiFed and is currently closing out its seed funding round.

O Flaherty is conscious, however, that some start-ups haven’t been so lucky in the past year. “We’ve definitely seen start-ups struggle through Covid-19. It has been a difficult time for those who were bootstrapping or running out of runway,” he said. “We’ve probably lost some good businesses to lockdown and restrictions and the slow pace of change to funding mechanisms like EIIS.”

However, he is optimistic. “I think we are seeing more opportunities for early-stage founders to develop themselves and their business ideas through various accelerator and pre-accelerator programmes and the quality of many of these is improving,” he said.

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Signify a specialist in lighting and Honeywell, a global provider of connected buildings, have announced a strategic alliance to deploy integrated, smart lighting solutions for commercial buildings. Together, the companies aim to improve the occupant experience – focusing on productivity and wellbeing and to reduce energy consumption.

The collaboration integrates Signify’s Interact connected lighting system and software, and its UV-C disinfection lighting, with Honeywell Building Management Systems and the Honeywell Forge enterprise performance management platform.

The combined offerings will manage energy consumption while factoring in occupancy along with air quality indicators such as temperature and humidity. Signify’s lighting solutions will complement Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings air quality solutions beginning in early 2021, and can be controlled, measured and monitored via the Healthy Buildings dashboard to understand air and surface cleaning compliance and metrics.

Harsh Chitale

Signify offers additional elements to improve productivity and wellbeing. These elements include human-centric lighting, such as NatureConnect, and UV-C disinfection lighting. UV-C breaks down the DNA or RNA of micro-organisms, including viruses and bacteria, rendering them harmless. In laboratory testing, Signify’s UV-C light sources reduced SARS-CoV-2 virus infectivity on a surface to below detectable levels in as few as 9 seconds.

Additionally, building owners and operators will be able to better manage lighting systems and energy efficiency with smart LED lighting systems. Lighting represents 17% of all electricity used in US commercial buildings according to the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey, making it the largest end use of electricity in buildings. Similar usage rates are seen globally.

Signify’s connected LED lighting system Interact Office can save up to 70% of the energy used for lighting and deploying advanced building controls and sensing, like those from Honeywell, can save up to 30% in facility energy costs.

“Increasingly we see lighting systems playing a critical role in buildings to improve occupant comfort, wellbeing and productivity as well as to help meet energy savings goals. We anticipate this trend will continue to grow,” says Vimal Kapur, president and CEO, Honeywell Building Technologies.

“Our collaboration with Signify will allow us to enable our customers to implement integrated lighting solutions that help improve the occupant experience with customisable, personal lighting options that can be integrated into our Honeywell Forge and Building Management Systems platforms.”

“There are known benefits of how lighting can improve occupant experience and wellbeing,” says Harsh Chitale, leader of Signify’s Digital Solutions Division. “Many of our customers expect our solutions to deliver value beyond the scope of lighting. We look forward to capitalising on this collaboration with Honeywell to jointly develop products and systems that provide greater value to our customers. We aim to deliver end-user benefits to building occupants, such as increased wellbeing and productivity, while providing channel partners with products that are easier to commission and maintain.”

Integrated building and lighting systems to serve patients at Malaysian Eye Clinics

Honeywell and Signify are deploying integrated offerings at OPTIMAX Eye Specialists, a network of leading eye specialist clinics in Malaysia, to help the organisation improve its air quality and surface disinfection efforts.

“Honeywell and Signify offered our clinics a complete solution for air, surface and object disinfection that allows us to clearly communicate to our clinicians, staff and patients how we are working to support wellbeing in our spaces,” says Tan Sri Dato’ Tan Boon Hock, founder, Optimax Eye Specialists Centre.

The clinics are using Signify UV-C lighting in upper air luminaries, stand-alone trolleys and in Honeywell-controlled fan coil units to increase wellbeing by contributing to disinfect air and surfaces in rooms. Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings dashboard will control and monitor the Signify lighting technologies in the clinics.

Vimal Kapur

The integrated Honeywell and Signify products can support the needs of any building and feature specific solutions for premium commercial buildings, airports, hospitality, healthcare, education, retail and stadia sectors. Honeywell and Signify are also currently deploying the integrated solutions, including Signify’s Philips UV-C disinfection upper air luminaires, in several Honeywell global offices.

Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings solutions help building owners improve their building environments, operate more cleanly and safely, comply with social distancing policies, and help reassure occupants that it is safer to return to the workplace. By integrating air quality, safety and security technologies along with advanced analytics, Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings solutions are designed to help building owners minimise potential risks of contamination and improve business continuity by monitoring both the building environment and building occupants’ behaviours.

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