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Tridonic offers easy testing and maintenance of existing systems
emergency and safety lighting requires central monitoring and automatic
testing of individual luminaires. In the case of existing systems, retrofitting is often difficult as additional wiring is needed for communication. Tridonic can remedy this with its new wireless emergency lighting system. It combines the proven Tridonic technologies of basicDIM Wireless and sceneCOM and is suitable for both renovations and new installations.
The new emergency lighting system combines user-friendly Casambi- ready basicDIM Wireless control technology with sceneCOM DALI- based lighting control. Using the basicDIM Wireless system as the backbone of the new solution, provides wireless connectivity for the emergency luminaires via a fail-safe mesh network without any additional cabling or structural changes.
The luminaires are set up via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Existing DALI emergency luminaires with a PRO emergency lighting unit can be easily upgraded and integrated into the wireless network. For this purpose, Tridonic offers the also new, compact basicDIM wireless G2 module.
The new system can be integrated into existing installations without the need for additional wiring and conforms to the relevant standards. The wireless system also offers advantages for new buildings as there are overall cost savings as less time and effort is needed for planning and commissioning, and material costs are also reduced. The relevant components of the wireless emergency lighting system are BSI KitemarkTM certified and comply with all standards and regulations relevant to emergency lighting in the UK.
A gateway connects all the wireless emergency luminaires to a sceneCOM evo controller. Once commissioned, the controller acts as
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the “brain” and takes over command of the entire lighting solution – fully automatic and exactly as the user requires. This also applies to the required central monitoring and automatic testing of emergency and safety lighting systems. Tridonic has developed a control logic that enables the controller to automatically test the individual luminaires integrated in the network and to display the system status in real time. The test and system data is accessed via Ethernet from any web browser. Up to 192 luminaires can be connected to each sceneCOM evo controller.
Automatic testing and log book at the touch of a button
With its wireless emergency lighting system, Tridonic provides building operators and electrical engineers with a simple solution that automatically checks the installation at the prescribed intervals and records the condition of each individual luminaire in the wireless network in real time.
In conventional installations without central monitoring, appropriately qualified personnel must operate each individual emergency luminaire in the building and check it manually. The new Tridonic solution means that the luminaires are now centrally monitored and automatically tested. External access is via a PC, notebook, tablet or other internet-enabled device. The dashboard provides information at a glance about the current state of the system and the latest test results. With just a few clicks, you can get detailed information about the status of each luminaire in the network. This includes the condition of the battery as well as the status of the LEDs and associated electronics. At the touch of a button, the system also automatically creates a standard-compliant log book with all the relevant information for downloading as a PDF or XML file. If a fault occurs in the lighting system, it can be seen on the dashboard. On request, a software package can inform the asset manager about faults and errors via email.
Tridonic helps SSE take another step towards delivering truly Smart Buildings
SE Energy Solutions has taken the first steps in its partnership with Tridonic by installing the latter's basicDIM and wireless
emergency lighting into its south-east branch office in Egham, Surrey. The prototype project was undertaken as part of the refurbishment of the facilities; a typical two-storey office, found on business parks across the country and one which is very typical of the type of facilities from which many of SSE's clients run their businesses.
" Whilst also improving the efficiency of the building, the main drivers for this project were to
provide a facility where we can take customers (when safe to do so) and to demonstrate the value of an integrated BEMS and lighting system;" explained Dr Andrew Eaton, Product Manager, Smart Buildings, SSE.
As principal partners for the UN Climate Change Conference, SSE has a clear focus on net zero and from within their Smart Buildings Group, it is an obvious step to ensure the effective integration of smart lighting systems with BEMS and our Smart Building platform. Building a partnership with a scaled leader in the lighting industry was vital to successfully align a lighting control proposition with their existing and new customer base alike. “Having reviewed several
potential partners, it became clear that Tridonic was the best fit to our Smart Buildings strategy;” said Rob Mitchell, Sales Director, Smart Buildings, SSE.
"We are delighted to be partnering with SSE and see completing this project as the first step in building a long-term partnership that will benefit both organisations and our customers;" said Simon Blazey, Strategic Solution Sales Manager, Tridonic. "To install a full lighting upgrade during a COVID19 lockdown proved challenging, but was made straight forward due to the wireless IoT technology employed in technology, it proceeded rapidly, and without disruption to the rest of the infrastructure;" said Martin
Thompson, Technical Services Manager, Tridonic. The beauty of the technology is that the Mesh programmed itself, saving considerable time and cost, and it enables the system to be extended or changed without requiring significant re-wiring."
Integrated in the installation is Tridonic's new wireless emergency solution, that ensures compliance with the standard emergency systems testing that is required by law. Traditionally, companies incur significant labour costs, both on commissioning and the regular monthly and annual testing regime. Having the emergency tests automated and provide a detailed report can significantly reduce cost and saves time and energy.
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