UK-based amBX has signed a strategic partnership with Molex, LLC, the US-based provider of complete interconnect solutions, for the supply of amBX smart core software for dynamic lighting control software in the Molex Transcend Network Connected LED lighting system.
amBX’s software will deliver effective control of network connected lighting for offices and public buildings. It has been designed to create new ways to set up and manage lighting, allowing building managers to deliver optimum lighting experiences based on changing conditions and environments.
Everything is done in the software automatically, enabling building managers to sit back and watch the savings roll in as the lights adapt to conditions outside. There’s also no need for installers to spend their time on intricate, time-consuming programming.
Molex, which manufactures interconnected products and connectivity solutions, developed Transcend to be an end-to-end connected lighting offering for IP networked buildings.
The lighting system includes luminaires from select manufacturers designed for PoE (Power over Ethernet) with tuneable white capability, a range of smart sensors, Molex network gateways and drivers, as well as a complete set of amBX software tools to deploy a fully controlled LED lighting system solution.
The two businesses began collaborating on network-connected lighting following amBX’s participation in Cisco’s Light as a Service (LaaS) initiative in November 2014.
“A revolution is taking place in the global lighting industry,” explains John Niebel, CEO of amBX.
“The advent of Connected Lighting presents many opportunities but also challenges. PoE lighting systems will become commonplace on IP networks in the next few years, much in the same way as VoIP has in telephony.
“Network connected lighting systems are much quicker and easier to install than conventional lighting systems and are faster and richer in configuration.
“Importantly, this represents an exciting opportunity to improve the lighting experience for users and bring real human-centric lighting to the workplace.
“New control techniques are now essential for the smart connected world to move beyond the traditional inflexible experience of lighting in buildings and to deliver truly smart lighting.”
“What attracted us to amBX is how they think about lighting and how it interacts in a building, environment, or venue,” adds Mike Picini, vice president, solid state lighting, Molex.
“They created a unique software engine that dynamically reacts to and adjusts from sensor inputs. Clearly, amBX has had the Internet of Things in mind from the inception of their software technology.”
amBX software brings together control of lights, sensor data and user requirements to deliver the optimum lighting experience for the lowest possible energy use in every part of the building.
The real-time dynamic system works with a wide range of lighting control protocol — even within the same building — to manage the lighting experience in every space. The focus is on the quality of lighting and how it can be used to support and improve the workplace environment.
The outcomes produced by the software-based system are scalable from a single room to an entire office building. This scalability is fundamental to saving time and cost, both at initial install and in subsequent re-models.
Network connected lighting delivers high-performance lighting control using a building’s network without the need for a separate lighting control network. It also enables richer lighting experiences to be easily implemented.
This new software will also enable building managers to use richer, human-centric, bio-adaptive lighting in new ways to create healthier, more productive workspaces and environments.