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Tridonic net4more toolbox

Successful practical testing at company headquarters

Dornbirn, Austria, March 14, 2018 – In a smart building project Tridonic is demonstrating the successful practical application of its net4more toolbox for IP-based networking. The company has installed a total of 200 devices at its headquarters in Dornbirn, Austria. net4more provides a network for the connected devices, both wired via Power over Ethernet (PoE) and wireless via THREAD. The devices include occupancy sensors, air quality sensors and illuminance sensors.

Thomas Moder – Segment Manager Controls & Connectivity

In this pilot installation for net4more, Tridonic is using the existing lighting infrastructure in its headquarters as the carrier technology. The individual sensors are linked to the luminaires and form a network that is connected to the Internet and into which further devices (sensors, light points and other electronic devices) can be seamlessly integrated. The data collected is stored in the cloud and made available for analysis purposes via a documented and open interface.

The toolbox uses both wired and wireless transmission paths for communication between the luminaires, sensors and IP infrastructure, and integrates a wide range of components, e.g., LED drivers, communication modules, sensors and communication infrastructure (routers, switches), on a uniform platform. net4more then makes the captured data and the control options for the connected devices available via an open interface. Power is supplied via conventional power cables or via PoE. Of particular benefit is that the solution is fully scalable and can be implemented in virtually any type of building, including large office complexes.

Clear visualisation

A heat mapping application visualizes the sensor data captured regarding occupancy, air quality and illuminance, utilizing graphics to provide a clear picture of particular parameters. These include room occupancy by percentage, proportion of carbon dioxide and fine dust particles in the air, and luminaire energy consumption. All the values are transferred hourly to cloud applications, where the data can be stored and evaluated to provide a basis for process optimizations. Tridonic can use the occupancy data, for example, to create detailed usage profiles for different rooms, such as offices, conference rooms and staff kitchens. Specific measures can then be taken, such as adjusting room temperatures or drawing up alternative room occupancy plans. All the data in the heat mapping app can be viewed on a central monitor.

Better air quality

Air quality data is continuously recorded and is available for reporting purposes. The data also serves as a yardstick for optimum control of air conditioning systems to achieve standardized air-quality values. Facility managers can utilize the information on peak loads provided by the power-consumption data to put preventive measures in place. The heat mapping app shows precisely where in the rooms the luminaires are installed and with which sensors they are connected.

As a central platform, net4more delivers the database for further, in-depth analyses. Partner companies can use the platform to develop appropriate applications for other purposes and more detailed evaluations. The captured data therefore provides a basis for extracting solid information that can then lead to optimized humidity levels or room usage, and other concrete benefits.

Practical benefits

“The pilot installation at our headquarters is providing impressive proof of the practical benefits of net4more,” explained Thomas Moder, Segment Manager Controls & Connectivity at Tridonic. “We are benefiting in many ways from IP-based integration of three different sensor types in our lighting infrastructure. We are monitoring the air quality in the entire building, and the next step will be to use that information to create better conditions for our colleagues. We are also using the data from the occupancy sensors to optimize processes relating to the use of meeting rooms and offices. And last but not least, we are optimizing the energy efficiency of our lighting systems and experiencing cost savings as a result.”

Apps offer easy use in practical applications




Wireless operation of Tridonic lighting systems and IoT applications

With this central app, users can quickly and easily adapt the lighting and all subsystems integrated into the net4more system to their personal requirements. A smartphone or tablet performs the function of a remote control or traditional wall switch. It can be used to switch luminaires on or off or dim them, and preferred lighting scenarios can also be selected.




Assistance with planning and commissioning

4commissioning can be used to plan lighting systems from the comfort of a desk and then easily commission them on site wirelessly. To this end, the authorised expert locates the individual luminaires and other subsystems via an app, assigns them accordingly and creates the required lighting scenarios and moods.

Press contact:

Markus Rademacher

Markus Rademacher

Tridonic GmbH & Co KG
Färbergasse 15
6851 Dornbirn, Austria

Tel. +43 5572 395-45236
Mobile +43 664 80892 6313