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SPECIAL SECTION: CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY Smart Sensors' Role in the Digital Ceiling CONSTRUCTION EXECUTIVE | SEPTEMBER 2016 BY ITAMAR ROTH 56 T Smart sensors incorporated into the lighting system should be future proof. The Case for Networked Lighting Connected sensors can be installed in a building as a separate autonomous system or incorporated into the existing utility infrastructure. Choosing between these two approaches depends on factors such as the level of digitization, budget and the scope of required automation. From a purely economic perspective, incorporating the sensors into an existing building lighting system has the natural advantages of using a single infrastructure and avoiding redundancy. An obvious way to leverage a building's IoT network backbone is through the lighting system, where sensors are essentially integrated into lighting fixtures. There are clear benefits to using the lighting system in this manner: * LED lighting, which is becoming the dominant lighting technology, is digital-friendly and equipped to support sensors. * Lighting fixtures are already widely distributed throughout a building. * Lighting systems are unobtrusive. Industry evidence abounds suggesting that lighting infrastructure is a viable vehicle for making buildings smarter. Recently, Cisco has led the "digital ceiling initiative" to drive a collaborative framework for smart building he Internet of Things (IoT) has introduced large-scale networking and digitization to commercial buildings and opens a whole new range of solutions and services for construction and building management executives that are too compelling to ignore. This innovation will yield true smart buildings that are efficient, save energy, optimize facility management, enhance safety and security, generate business intelligence and improve occupants' experience. What makes these buildings smart is networked IoT sensors deployed across the entire environment, sourcing a wealth of data that can be harnessed for making building-wide decisions in real time. technology. The initiative includes recognizable names in the building and lighting arena, including Philips Lighting, Johnson Controls, Cree and Eaton. The collaboration is expected to yield better user experiences through the convergence of IT networks and building technologies, such as lighting, heating, cooling, security, motion detection, and other sensors and actuators. Cost and Scalability Considerations The intelligence of the building and the efficacy of the digital ceiling are determined by the data provided by the sensors. The more useful and actionable information the sensors provide, the more intelligent the building will be. Incorporating IoT sensors into lighting fixtures (the "nodes" of the digital ceiling) introduces a few challenges. First, sensors

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