Smart lighting for Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University

Smart lighting for Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University
HBMSU is the first university in the world to roll out the smart lighting technology, says Dr Mansoor Al Awar.
Published: 28 March 2018 - 3:02 a.m.
By: Mark Sutton

Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has deployed smart lighting solutions from Philips Lighting which will improve energy-efficiency and help users to find their way around university facilities.

The university has deployed the smart lighting solutions at its Dubai campus. The system includes connected LED lighting controlled by Philip's Interact Office system. The technology enables faculty staff to control and personalize light settings using a smartphone app, while students can be guided to rooms using lighting-based indoor positioning technology.

Instead of using light switches, HBMSU's lighting is controlled in a variety of ways: by occupancy sensors in luminaires that detect people's presence, switching on and off lighting; by automatic adjustment of light levels according to the availability of natural daylight; by a smartphone/tablet app; or from a central console.

Interact Office enables the university to deliver new experiences and services. The software system is integrated with the university's Building Management System (BMS) so that all the building systems work together seamlessly. Also, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is synced with the class schedule so that air conditioning is switched on before a class starts and students don't have to enter a warm room. As staff or students enter a room, the lights switch on using presence detection and when the room is vacated the lights and HVAC switch off.

The indoor navigation service uses the university's smartphone app. LED light points, installed in the hallway, lobby areas and corridors, transmit a light code containing their individual geographical location. This achieved by a modulation in the light which is invisible to the human eye but may be detected by a smart phone camera. The geo-location information is then used by the smartphone app to locate the user's position in the building and guide them to their destination.

The university BMS receives data from Interact Office. Information on energy consumption, the performance of each light point and the occupancy of each room can be accessed on a mouse click. These insights help site managers to maintain and maximize the building to its full potential and respond to requests, produce reports and predict trends.

"Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University has always been at the forefront of realizing the vision of the Dubai government as it implements forward-looking initiatives that position Dubai as the smartest city in the world. Our collaboration with Philips Lighting means we're able to deliver a better environment for our students and faculty and a highly personalized learning experience. This lighting network will enable us to intuitively support and complement the university's needs, both today and into the future. As the first university globally to incorporate this technology we're paving the way for future smart learning institutions," said Dr Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU.

"Our first collaboration with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University demonstrates the many ways our connected lighting and software applications can support Dubai's most forward-thinking university, improving the daily life for staff, students and visitors.  We are not just providing good quality, energy efficient lighting but data-based insights that help the university's site management team to maximize use of their building and help to deliver a first class learning environment," said Goktug Gur, President and CEO of Philips Lighting Middle East and Turkey.

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