STREET lighting engineers can now set up and maintain their network from their smart phone.
The app – from Osram – uses the latest ‘Near Field Communication technology protocols.
The parameters that typically need to be adjusted on site are the light output depending on the type of street and the dimming times and dimming levels. The dimming function can also be deactivated for specific applications such as roundabouts and pedestrian crossings. Luminaire manufacturers specify which features can be configured in the field. They also determine the limits within which the parameters can be changed so that reliable operation and constant output of the luminaire are assured.
‘Our app enables towns and cities to use standard luminaires that can be quickly and easily adapted to meet different requirements instead of having to keep stocks of many different models. This saves on the time and cost of installation, maintenance, warehousing and replacement’, product manager Carlos Rohde told Lux.
The mobile app enables LED drivers to be programmed in the field using Near Field Communication technology, wirelessly and without line voltage. The Tuner4TRONIC Field app will work on any NFC-capable smartphone. For smartphones without an NFC antenna Osram offers a portable NFC scanner – essentially a Bluetooth-NFC adapter – as an alternative.
Fewer luminaire types reduce maintenance time and storage costs. As an open system it’s available to everyone and does not tie users to a particular luminaire manufacturer.
With the copy-and-paste function in the app, the settings for a failed luminaire can be instantly transferred to a new luminaire. There is no need to check the configuration of the old luminaire; the entire process runs offline and users do not have to store their data in a cloud.
Another advantage of NFC is that is does not require line voltage. It is highly likely, therefore, that the original configuration of an LED driver can be retrieved even after the driver has failed.
The Tuner4Tronic Field app can be downloaded for free from Osram’s website until March 2019.
- Urban lighting is the subject of the new Safer Cities Conference which takes place on Wednesday 13 November and Thursday 14 November 2018 at the LuxLive exhibition at London ExCeL. For more information on the event, click HERE.