IoT/Smart Lighting

Bluetooth backs LuxLive and unveils major keynotes

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Simon Slupik, chairman of the Mesh Working Group at Silvair, is one of the experts taking part in a panel discussion on the implications of the tie-up between Bluetooth and DALI 2.

TECH GIANT Bluetooth has announced that it’s backing this year’s LuxLive Digital Festival and will be bringing the latest innovations, leading experts and keynote presentations.

The event – an extensive online educational programme about lighting over two days – will features up-to-the-minute presentations on the opportunities presented by the innovative Bluetooth mesh topology for lighting control and the creation of data networks. 

Bluetooth has become Conference Sponsor for the Smart Lighting stream at LuxLive.

With its unique topology and standardised protocol, Bluetooth® mesh is disrupting and revolutionising lighting control.

In a development of keen interest to the lighting industry, Bluetooth recently agreed the specification for a standard interface with DALI 2, allowing DALI light fittings to talk to Bluetooth® mesh wireless lighting controllers and accelerating the development of intelligent and connected lighting systems.

LuxLive is a virtual event this year, taking place on Wednesday 11 November and Thursday 12 November 2020. 

The talks, seminars and debates will take place in the Smart Lighting track on the first day. 

At 1.30pm, Jens Beecken, product manager at Zumtobel, will discuss how we can make Dali networks wireless with Bluetooth® mesh.

Dali is a field-proven and ubiquitous lighting control technology. But how do you easily retrofit Dali control lines? And how can you get the benefits of Bluetooth® mesh wireless with an existing Dali installation? 

Beecken will walk us through technologies such as Zumtobel’s bmLINK which enables the latest wireless control and explore installations such a big logistics centre in France.

Later, a panel discussion, taking place at 4.10pm on, will explore the implications of the agreement. Participants include Simon Slupik, chairman of the Mesh Working Group at Silvair and Alan Jackson, director at Helvar.

At 3.30pm, Dennis Fullin, senior product manager at Osram, will explore qualified Bluetooth® mesh in the real world.

He’ll look at the opportunities and benefits, and refer to real-world projects including the installation at Osram’s HQ in Munich. 

At 4.50pm, Edward Lees, global head of technical product development at Smart & Beyond Lighting at Feilo Sylvania, will look in detail at the benefits for lighting from Bluetooth® mesh.

Bluetooth mesh expers Simon Slupik, chairman of the Mesh Working Group at Silvair; Edward Lees, global head of technical product development at Smart & Beyond Lighting at Feilo Sylvania; and Jens Beecken, product manager at Zumtobel will explore the exciting new technology and look at the opportunities to deploy it in the lighting sector

In the world of smart lighting, there has long been a debate about which protocol is ‘best’ for use in lighting products and applications. Here Lees, will give us the benefit of his perspective on the benefits that Bluetooth® mesh can realise for lighting OEMs and customers. 

The Smart Lighting stream will look at how to monitor social distancing using the lights, how circadian lighting transformed life at a Derby care home, the lighting controls behind the City of London become a ‘smart city’ and how street lights that monitor air quality and footfall. 

LuxLive, which is now opens for registrations, is also being supported by the DALI Alliance (formerly the Digital Illumination Interface Alliance), the Wi-Sun Alliance, Helvar, Thorlux Lighting, the Lighting Industry Association, the Society of Light and Lighting, the Institution of Lighting Professionals and Women in Lighting.

Big name speakers include Mark Major of Speirs + Major, Giles Radford of the City of London and lighting scientist Christopher Cuttle. 

LuxLive will have a central theme of Health and Wellbeing and is divided into four main strands: Emergency Lighting, Smart Lighting, Workplace and Lightspace, focusing on lighting in architecture. 

Each strand will take centre stage at certain times throughout the festival and will deliver compelling content.

The Emergency Lighting strand includes presentations of the responsibilities of building owners under the law, how to do a risk assessment, emergency lighting for social housing, how to manage emergency lighting across an estate and emergency lighting controls.

The Workplace track will focus on lighting for productivity and wellness. Seminars will explore how to light to the WELL v2™ pilot standard as well as some high profile case studies.

Christopher Cuttle will host a session entitled: ‘Time to replace the lumen’.
The LightSpace track focuses squarely on architectural lighting design. The keynote is by Mark Major of Speirs + Major on the relighting of Norwich Cathedral. 

Other sessions will focus on exterior lighting, how to light a ‘green wall’ and a number of inspirational case studies. 

The event will also allow one-to-one meeting facilities, roundtable discussions, video presentations, live polling and Q&A sessions throughout. 

The popular Lux Awards will close the festival as it makes its digital debut edition in the award’s celebrated history. 

Last month, a LuxLive ‘kicker’ conference on UV-C lighting drew over 1,070 executives and professionals together to explore how the deployment of ultraviolet light can help make workplaces Covid-secure. 

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