Cloud-based street lighting design takes off

Cloud computing widens the pool of knowledge available to tackle a calculation, meaning what would have taken large chunks of brain power and time in the past, can now be conquered in seconds. 

A British company is hoping to revolutionise street lighting design using the power of Cloud computing. The new system allows users to automate the analysis of luminaires, enabling manufacturers and lighting departments to calculate how a product would perform in a number of different road configurations and luminaire arrangements. 

The browser-based ACE (Advanced Calculation Engine) technology is able to calculate the results for many different luminaires, across a multitude of road, pole and luminaire configurations, which often number many thousands, or millions, of calculation scenarios.

Traditionally, desktop street lighting design applications will perform a single set of calculations for a single luminaire with one road and luminaire configuration.

The calculations enable consultants, planners and highways authorities to cost-justify lighting improvements with increased confidence, while ensuring that they conform to standards such as EN13201 in Europe, CIE standards and IES RP08 in the USA.

Street lighting manufacturers have been beta-testing the ACE system and will be the first to use the new online service. 

Developed by Lighting Reality, the company describes ACE as a ‘luminaire intelligence solution’. In addition to proposing the optimal configuration for any location, manufacturers will also be able to use the system to refine existing and future luminaire performance and potentially compare existing luminaires to new chip, lens data or to competitors’ products, provided the data is in the public domain.

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