How well’s my office being used? Ask the lights

THE LIGHTING in a new office building in Frankfurt is monitoring how well the space is being used.

The internet-connected luminaires at the Saint Martin Tower in the financial district of the German city can accurately judge the current status of the rooms and give the management company fresh insights into the structure and operation of its building.

Top: Presence detectors in the eight office spaces in the meeting centre are connected to the cloud. Middle: Tenants in the St Martin Tower can hand over the complete coordination of their lighting installation. Bottom: The digitally networked lighting solution in the conference rooms of the tower gives the building's owners insights into space management and usage. 

The lighting is used as an infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT), helping to obtain new and valuable information. A show floor with eight rooms in the meeting centre is equipped with presence sensors that are connected to the cloud.

Luminaires, sensors and the lighting management system work together to create one intelligent networked system that collects much more than just lighting technology data. Large amounts of information about factors such as space management can be recorded, collected and visualised on a dashboard, enabling the company to improve processes such as cleaning operations.

This information is analysed and evaluated in detail, enabling the building’s owners THA Immo to constantly monitor the condition of the rooms.

The luminaires also permanently transmit data about their current output, feeding a system that alerts the facility manager to any faults and therefore enables a prompt and proactive response – before any luminaires fail. The remote system analysis detects problems immediately, optimising the operation of the overall lighting system in the tower and increasing maintenance efficiency.

The office ensemble – consisting of a wing-shaped tower and a U-shaped wing with a total area of approximately 25,000 square metres – ‘heralds a new era in the design of commercial buildings’ said the supplier of the lighting, Zumtobel Group Services.

The control system also allows Zumtobel to offer a ‘lighting as a service’ to any tenant moving into the building, no matter what space they take.

If a customer would like to rent individual rooms or whole floors from the 17,740 square metres available in the tower, the company can take care of the entire project coordination and implementation. Everything is included: planning, installation and commissioning, as well as maintenance on request.



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