IoT lighting makes business sense, says property chief

THE BUSINESS case for internet-connected lighting has now been established, the chief of CBRE Global Workplace Solutions Rick Jacobs has stated.

The company is particularly interested in how the combination of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology and lighting could help the division as a facilities management company to drive the business and ‘make it simpler’.

‘The business case is there’, said Jacobs, cautioning that the property  and facility management sectors were still not aware of IoT lighting and its possibilities.

He believes the beacon-based platform could help integrate and rationalise the plethora of propriety systems appearing in buildings.

The CBRE headquarters in Amsterdam features a time-controlled lighting system features a ‘circadian-friendly’ lighting sequence, which varies the colour temperature and intensity during the course of the day.

‘There are so many opportunities to really use the system and to make our lives easier, I can't wait to install it.’

CBRE has already experimented successfully with so-called human-centric lighting. Its headquarters in Amsterdam features a time-controlled lighting system features a ‘circadian-friendly’ lighting sequence, which varies the colour temperature and intensity during the course of the day.

Initial results show that the scheme has boosted productivity by 18 per cent. Additionally, work accuracy improved by 12 per cent, 76 per cent of employees reported feeling happier and half felt healthier.

Jacobs believes the lighting industry needs to do more to publicise its innovative technologies and educate the property and the wider construction sector . ‘The lighting industry can do a lot more as I can tell you I have never received a phone call from anybody in the lighting industry about any of this stuff’.

Speaking at the Gooee IoT Arena at the LuxLive exhibition in London, Jacobs said: ’I think you need to start as high up in the organisation as possible because a lot of this stuff is groundbreaking’.

He believes that chief executives and other senior managers would be the ones who could drive internet lighting technology in buildings.

 

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