Feature, IoT/Smart Lighting

Silvair: advancing the cause of connected lighting

One of the standout companies at this year’s LuxLive was Silvair. The company appeared at the event both with its own stand and a presence at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.

Silvair’s presence at LuxLive 2017 was further enhanced by a presentation from Simon Slupik, Silvair’s CTO, who educated the audience on ways of building Bluetooth mesh networks and how to incorporate them into smart lighting infrastructures.

As chair of the mesh working group at Bluetooth SIG, Simon provided the audience with the rare privilege of hearing from someone working at the very heart of the mesh networking programme.

What is noticeable among Silvair’s potential client group is that they are beginning to understand that a robust underlying infrastructure for connected lighting is vital for successful adoption. This makes the open nature of the Bluetooth mesh, with its defined standard of operation, an attractive option.

Chief among those requirements is an open standard for wireless communication. As a sector leader in the development of the recently adopted open standard Bluetooth mesh, Silvair is especially well placed to demonstrate how the open mesh standards work in practice.

Silvair offers the first firmware that is an officially qualified Bluetooth mesh stack, as well as dedicated tools for system commissioning. This is the level of product detail that clients appreciate when they are considering a major investment in connected lighting control and management.

At the moment, Silvair is working with lighting industry partners to deliver the first series of components using Bluetooth mesh technology. The company expects products to become available by the first quarter of 2018. But it’s also focusing on bringing two major new products to market – Silvair lighting firmware and the Silvair Platform.

The Silvair lighting firmware will allow lighting partners to join a global interoperable lighting control ecosystem. One of the sticking points with the adoption of a connected lighting architecture has been confidence that the firmware is truly interoperable between products from different vendors. Silvair is demonstrating that this is the case; the entire system is based on Bluetooth technology, providing up to 2MB/s data transfer rate at a very low energy cost. Alongside the robust networking infrastructure, the overall scalability and operational performance has also been radically improved

The Silvair Platform is a set of dedicated tools designed for the configuration and commissioning of connected lighting control systems in the commercial environment. Clients are looking for a quick, user-friendly interface, both on site during installation and beyond in the management of the system via the network nodes. The Silvair Platform is designed to meet all the necessary requirements of a connected lighting installation, and also provides function for adding lighting control features such as occupancy sensing and daylight harvesting – measures that will have a major impact on reducing energy consumption

This is a huge step forward in the design of wireless lighting networks, and goes so far as to comply with important energy codes such as California’s Title 24.

The current Silvair technology made a huge impression at LuxLive 2017. Now the company’s engineers are planning to introduce a number of advanced IoT services such as occupancy analytics and asset tracking to the system next year. This progress shows that, as the company invests its time and energy in developing new tools, its focus remains on providing the essential services that the lighting industry – and the end user – need the most.



To read Simon Slupik’s LuxLive 2017 presentation, ‘How to build a Bluetooth network – lessons from the real world’, click here.