Lighting and data are converging. The Internet of Things is here and its reach includes lighting. How do we navigate this new landscape?
Connected lighting brings with it a new set of challenges for the lighting industry. For example, how do we maintain security when the light fitting is now an entry point to the data network? Are the lighting controls now a function of the IT department? Where do maintenance responsibilities lie?
Rexel Lighting is part of Ideal Electrical, and we work with Ideal Technology Solutions for integration of lighting and data management systems. Ideal's Tech team are professionals who are focused on understanding the client's needs before everything else.
Ideal Technology Solutions will design and supply data and telco infrastructure, and the technology to manage it all the way to the light fitting. Ask us about our services:
"It's only a matter of time before electricians will be running data cables everywhere throughout the house or office instead of TPS, to power lights, appliances and gadgets in the IoT."
Chris Brown is an Area Data Manager for Ideal Technology Solutions. He's had 10 years working in the technology industry across data, telco, automation, audio visual and security, both as an installer and as a solution designer. He has owned his own Tech/IT business for the past 5 years.
He says the appeal of his current role was the opportunity to come and work at Ideal and change the way people saw a “traditional electrical wholesaler”.
"To be able to offer complete solutions covering Integrated Technology and becoming the market leader across everything technology-based is an exciting place to be. The future is only going to get more interesting and for a Tech Geek like myself I wouldn’t want to be part of anything else."
Chris says the team has started to see lighting manufacturers emerge with new PoE-powered lighting where a Cat 6/6A cable can plug directly in. This takes away the need for expensive automation relays, dimmers and switches because everything runs back to a network and can be controlled. The integration of technology and lighting means Ideal have now even more experts in the field and can offer something completely customised for each client.
“Our difference is our experience, so come and experience the difference.“
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