Every two years specialists in the lighting industry flock to one of the largest exhibition centres in Europe to attend one of the most prolific lighting events in the world, Light + Building.  Spanning over a period of seven days, with stands throughout no less than 11 Halls of Messe Frankfurt, the show sees over 2,500 exhibitors and 220,000 visitors attend from 177 countries. This year was Lucy Zodion’s 5th time visiting the show as an exhibitor, marking our 10th anniversary as a Light + Building stand holder.

Taking place from 18th -23rd March 2018, the show was a must visit for anyone in the lighting or building world and brought them all together in one space. Lucy Zodion’s stand ‘Energising Future Communities’ on G61 in Hall 4.1, took a bold approach this year that extended our offering from street lighting hardware to remote urban asset management.

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Some highlights from our stand include:


The launch of Ki.

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 The launch of Ki. was an important moment for us at the show this year. This is our next generation CMS solution that helps unlock the potential of tomorrow’s cities. It provides a platform for remote street lighting management that is scalable for further urban asset control. Available in a NEMA 5/7 socket, with secure and open communications via the LoRaWAN network, Ki. is interoperable for use within existing and future city infrastructure. 

 


Celebrating 10 years of Vizion®

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 Our established Vizion® smart street lighting and CMS solution is now 10 years old. Used to enhance efficiencies and reduce costs for a number of Local Authorities, both in the UK and internationally, Vizion® remains a valuable asset for street lighting management and control. Available in both conduit and NEMA 5/7 node formats, Vizion® is suitable for new and retrofit installations where remote street lighting management is the sole requirement. 

Find out more about Vizion® here

 

 PrecizionHALO - A photocell for future cities

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 This year the PrecizionHALO was a huge talking point throughout the Light + Building show. Working within an ecosystem of components that make the miniature photocell SR compatible, thanks to collaboration within the Zhaga consortium (Book 18 standard), the miniature photocell is a top choice for many OEMs within the street lighting industry. 

Find out more about this product here

 

On reflection of the show:

It seemed that many other exhibitors explored similar concepts, going beyond the physical attributes of lighting and looking at the digital possibilities they hold for future cities. Looking back on the show, there are a few themes that have emerged, which give us insight in to the way the industry is shaping up and what to expect in the coming months and years. Here’s what we took away from the 2018 event…

Connectivity

Lighting is more connected than ever before, which means there are endless opportunities for IoT developments. Throughout the show there were many examples of how both domestic and commercial lighting is becoming more interactive and easier to manage, thanks to connectivity between hardware and software.

In street lighting, this was evident via the demonstration of a number of central management systems and their user interfaces, at the show. Helping city leaders monitor and manage not only their street lighting networks, but other outdoor devices, from one central hub – the additional factors enhanced CMS helps to monitor include:

  • Air Quality
  • Temperature
  • Waste

As sustainability and urbanisation are some of the key drivers for smart city development, the above factors were also reflected and explored on the Lucy Zodion stand and Ki. video. Starting with the streetlight, cities can become more responsive to environmental effects, thanks to the application of sensors that monitor a number of variables. It is evident from the show that intelligent lighting is now understood and is becoming a growing requirement for the development of smart cities.

This was great to see at the show, with many visitors coming to the Lucy Zodion stand to discuss their smart street lighting requirements and scope future smart city developments -a positive step in our aim to energise future communities.

Open – ness

We can’t mention connectivity without the words open and interoperable shortly following. The show provided a great platform for the discussion around open networks and communications, helping to drive interoperability and collaboration. Open protocols are the key that unlocks the future of smart lighting and, the wider smart city. This year we were pleased to see that many of the show’s exhibitors and visitors, alike, were on board with open protocols and understood their importance for the development of interoperable solutions.

TALQ also had a stand at the event, where members of the Lucy Zodion team were present at various points of the show, to discuss how the TALQ consortium helps drive the digitalisation and interoperability of streetlights, as well as other urban assets.  Being able to discuss the protocol and its many advantages for users and manufacturers alike, meant that Lucy Zodion could interact with like-minded peers and fellow members of the consortium.

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At the show, TALQ revealed that version 2.0 of the standard will be introduced this year, which we hope will help to drive the uptake of the standard and, in turn, aid the growth of responsive cities.

Another important enabler of open communications is LoRaWAN, of which we are a great advocate of. It gives developers the ability to help hardware and software communicate within a two way digital dialogue that is both secure and open. The seamless interoperability the LoRa Alliance enables, throughout a number of smart devices, is creating further opportunities for digital growth and we’re working on solutions that meet the specification for complete transparency.

Security

The growth of device connectivity and open communication means there’s an increasing focus on security and a fundamental need to keep data safe. This was one of the themes at Light + Building 2018 and   the concept was touched on throughout a number of stands and talks at the event. However, although there is an understood need for security within connected spaces, there’s still some way to go to recognize the opportunities and limitations it brings with it.

The LoRaWAN specification is designed with security in mind, while ensuring networks are scalable and flexible for future development. Lucy Zodion has worked in accordance with this specification to develop its new urban asset management system, Ki.   

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We see security as an important factor to the way intelligent lighting and smart urban assets are developed and we are interested to see how this topic is explored and further articulated, for the understanding of smart city developers.

In summary

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Light + Building is the largest and highest attended exhibition on Lucy Zodion’s calendar and this year we saw many new and familiar faces visiting the stand to discuss a wide range of projects with our team. For us, the show was a great way to gain valuable insight into industry developments and trends, as well as re-engage with customers and collaborators.

We’re already looking ahead to Light + Building 2020…

For more information about our attendance at the event, head to our dedicated Light + Building page here

 

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