First look: GSM emergency lights monitor for retail

AN INNOVATIVE remote monitoring system for emergency lighting which uses GSM is set to be launched this month.

Aimed at retail applications, the platform uniquely uses the GSM network to both locate and communicate with the emergency lighting.

It means a facilities management team can remotely carry out the necessary tests and surveys of installations in many stores located all over the country.

Additionally, cloud-based software automatically performs and logs the required monthly reports and produces the necessary legal documentation. Reports can be downloaded in PDF format and all test data is archived for future reference and compliance.

Diagnostics include bus voltage, bus current and short circuits. Any faults are notified to engineers using email or text messages.

As the unit connects to the emergency luminaires with the Dali cable and matches its Dali serial number, the need for on-site commissioning is eliminated and an electrical contractor can perform the installation rather than a dedicated commissioning engineer.

GreenLux, the cloud-based software, automatically performs and logs the required monthly reports and produces the necessary legal documentation. Reports can be downloaded in PDF format and all test data is archived for future reference and compliance.

PCS allows devices to be identified by barcode even before a system has been installed. Each luminaire has a barcode that can be scanned or entered into the web interface. Each fitting is then named and assigned a group. Groups are used to schedule function and duration tests.

All systems will require one or more NPU Din-rail controllers. These support two networks of up to 60 Dali emergency fittings per network.

Dubbed EmMonIT, the systems requires the user to have a valid GreenLux subscription allowing them to monitor, manage and maintain the installation.

EmMonIT has been developed by the control specialists at UK system integration company FAB Controls.

 

  • The Emergency Lighting Conference 2018 – organised by Lux – takes place on Tuesday 22 May 2018 at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London. It's free to end users with emergency lighting estates. To see the full programme and register for a free place, click HERE.