Dubai university fitted with switch-free LED lighting
Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University's lighting can now be controlled and personalised through a smartphone app
Dubai's Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has been fitted with lighting systems that can be operated without the need for a physical switch.
The HBMSU has been equipped with LED lighting that is part of Philips Lighting's Interact Office platform.
The technology can be controlled and personalised through a smartphone app, and an indoor positioning feature allows wayfinding as well.
Instead of using traditional switches, HBMSU's new lighting system is controlled using occupancy sensors, natural light readings, or a central console, in addition to the smartphone app.
Occupancy sensors are fitted in luminaires that can detect footfall and switch on or off accordingly.
The Interact Office platform is integrated with the university's building management system (BMS).
The indoor navigation service uses the university’s smartphone app. LED light points – installed in the hallway, lobby areas, and corridors – transmit a light code containing their individual geographical location.
The geo-location information is then used by the smartphone app to locate the user’s position in the building and guide them to their destination.
Additionally, HBMSU's BMS receives data from Interact Office, which covers aspects such as energy consumption, the performance of each light point, and the occupancy of each room.
Commenting on the new lighting system, Dr Mansoor Al Awar, chancellor of HBMSU, said: "Our collaboration with Philips Lighting means we’re able to deliver a better environment for our students and faculty, and a highly personalised learning experience.
"This lighting network will enable us to intuitively support and complement the university’s needs, both today and into the future.
"As the first university globally to incorporate this technology we’re paving the way for future smart learning institutions."
Goktug Gur, president and chief executive officer of Philips Lighting Middle East and Turkey, added: "Our first collaboration with [HBMSU] demonstrates the many ways our connected lighting and software applications can support Dubai’s most forward-thinking university, improving the daily life for staff, students, and visitors.
"We are not just providing good quality, energy efficient lighting but data-based insights that help the university’s site management team to maximise the use of its building and help to deliver a first class learning environment."