Lighting Control Systems
Today’s lighting control systems can provide real-time information on space and energy utilization as well as send alerts when events occur and now even provide automated and intelligent feedback on system health.
Eaton’s LED lighting portfolio includes integrated sensors providing occupancy, daylighting and RTLS capabilities within each luminaire installed. The software systems that support these smart luminaires include capabilities for companies to better manage their spaces with space utilization, motion tracking, wayfinding and asset tracking.
Eaton who was recently named one of the leading influencers in the IoT lighting market by Navigant Research has evolved beyond tradition lighting controls to include smart building ready software and capabilities through vision, go-to market strategy and technology partners.
Eaton was able to aide a Fortune 10 achieve its targeted space utilization and defer $380,800 of real estate expenses annually. The company recently renewed the lease on its corporate headquarters and spent a significant amount of money updating and modernizing the workplace design across its campus. Many of the buildings in the campus have implemented unassigned desks and hoteling workspaces. While this feature has been well-accepted, many employees were struggling to find workspace in the office because of over-crowding. Eaton had already partnered with the company to install the lighting and controls within the spaces.
It was noticed that an entire 38,000 sq. ft. floor had low levels of occupancy, even though the business unit occupying that floor was insistent that the space was critical and very well used. The company wanted to provide a better work environment and achieve a target of 50 percent utilization on the floor.
The company, which had already installed an Eaton connected lighting LED system with installed sensors to collect data for analysis, implemented the Space application and tracked utilization data on the floor for over four months. The smart sensors collected occupancy data and tracked people’s motion patterns for space usage to develop strategies to improve utilization, while deferring yearly real estate cost.
The analysis of occupancy patterns uses real-time data collected 24/7, 365 days a year. Data is analyzed by the Space application and presented in comprehensive reports. The data is displayed in dashboards, charts and graphs that identify trends in occupancy rates and space usages, giving building operators unprecedented access to detailed occupancy information and motion patterns in real time.
In addition, the application also non-intrusively measures usage rate of individual workspaces to help flag problems including underutilized or inefficiently used areas.
Space applications can provide extensive data to help businesses manage their spaces effectively. These should include detail reports that include estimates of occupied square footage and costs by department or function. Additional vacancy reports detailing the percentage of unoccupied spaces help guide workers to unused conference or work spaces. Utilization reports should highlight low, medium and high workspace utilization information to the property manager. Graphical information displaying average and peak utilization in each area of the building over time instructs the company on seasonal trends.
The collected data surprised the company’s space planning group, noting that an average utilization was only 22 percent, far less than the targeted 50 percent utilization goal. This provided a savings opportunity of 34K sq. ft. x 28%UU x $40 = $380,800 annually.
The connected lighting system and the Space application provided accurate, detailed occupancy views and extensive utilization information. Workspace reallocation of the floor helped achieve its targeted 50 percent utilization and the company realized $380,800 yearly of deferred real estate costs. Compared to the investment made in deploying the connected lighting system, this represented a 900+ percent ROI in just the first year of implementation.
The company made small changes to open up and reconfigure the floor for on-demand workspaces.
The company is in the process of rolling out the Space application across its 30+ million sq. ft. portfolio.
This Week’s Sponsor
UPCOMING REALCOMM WEBINARS
Driving Tenant Engagement – Platforms, Digital Amenities…and Beyond - 8/23/2018
We can hail a car, order food, listen to music, tweet to the world, reserve tickets and buy almost anything from a smartphone – there seems to be an app for everything! The same applies to landlord provided services in an office or multifamily building. Today, building guests & occupants are opting for a digital interface for services, and tenant engagement and experience platforms are rapidly gaining traction. From easy, efficient building access to scheduling a yoga class to scheduling a meeting room to connection socially with others in the building – the possibilities seem endless. This begs the question: What digital amenities do occupants and guests really want? This webinar will examine all aspects of creating digital tenant amenities and explore different engagement platforms. Prioritizing platform features, system integration and cyber requirements are just some of the issues that will be addressed.
Jim Whalen serves as SVP and CIO responsible for the direction and implementation of technology and applications at Boston Properties, a fully integrated real estate investment trust and one of the largest owners and developers of Class-A office properties in the United States. Over a 27-year IT career, Jim has supported real estate operations ranging from residential, construction, public housing, commercial office and retail.
As Head of Global Workplace Engineering, Victor Sanchez manages over 40+ LinkedIn facilities across the globe. He seamlessly blends design and operations of LinkedIn facilities via data-driven decisions across design pre-construction, construction, energy and facilities management. Victor is responsible for the engaging and high-performance workplace that supports the diverse and dynamic LinkedIn teams and culture.
Ilan Zachar is currently Chief Technology Officer at Carr Properties, a privately held REIT known for its portfolio of trophy-quality properties in the Washington D.C. In this role, Ilan leverages vision and foresight to cross-pollinate best practices, processes, systems and resources across corporate operations/affiliates. Under his leadership, this has resulted in improvements in bottom-line costs, top-line business growth/scalability, operational sustainability and high performance and overall, strengthening his company’s role as a market leader. For over 20 years, Ilan has been executive business leader and innovative technology strategist for multinational real-estate and property development companies worldwide.
Laura Acklandiene is the Head of Business Development - Global Expansion at Equiem. She travels between London and New York on a mission to introduce their tenant experience portals and customer engagement services to the landlords and developers in the UK and in the US. Prior to that, she worked with Australia's largest property funds and REITs, as well as retail partners boosting services available to commercial occupiers.