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    68% of American employees complain about the lighting situation in their workspace Softdel helps leading OEMs design intelligent lighting solutions that boost productivity and achieve energy efficiency

    Case Study

    Overview

    Luminaires with advanced functionality, LiFi and human-centric lighting systems are the future of Smart Lighting.
    Do you have the technology expertise to keep up with the speed of light?

    Lighting networks are typically proprietary networks supporting multiple devices. Although there are many communication protocols used within the industry, there is no universally accepted standard protocol.
    Softdel has experience developing Building Management Systemsand technology expertise in multiple communication protocols. This enables the company to design solutions that integrate lighting with third party systems using Application Programming Interfaces (API) and IoT Gateways.
    The end goal of smart lighting is energy optimization and cost saving. Softdel helps OEMs and building management companies achieve this using specialized lighting management and control tools and applications.

    Gateway Device Connectivity Protocols Gateway Design & Development End-point Firmware Developement RemoteDevices RemoteDevices Application Developement IoT Solutions Verification & Validation DimmingControls LED Controls Light fixtures Sensors (occupancy,motion, daylight, ALS) Wall control

    IoT Solution

    8 out of 10 solutions from Softdel include IoT connectivity; harnessing the power of IoT to introduce automation, increase efficiency or increase off-site control. In the lighting industry this translates to occupancy sensors, daylight harvesting and power monitoring, all working towards the end goal of optimizing energy consumption.

    End-point Firmware Development

    Softdel has extensive expertise in BACnet protocol and experience developing hardware and firmware for building automation devices. Solutions for Smart Lighting include:

    • Firmware development and upgrade for lighting devices
    • RTOS & chipset integration
    • LED Drivers for luminaries with dimming
    • Features implementation; daylight harvesting, dimming, occupancy sensing, Correlated Color
    • Temperature (CCT)

    Connectivity Protocols

    Connectivity of lighting end-points is critical to centralized control. While wireless (WiFi) communication is widely prevalent, LiFi (Light Fidelity) is the communication evolution of the future. Softdel solutions and products help OEMs enhance connectivity through:

    • Readily deployable, royalty free stacks
    • Stack integration with OEM applications
    • Standard protocol implementation (BACnet, Modbus, etc.)
    • Custom protocol development and maintenance
    • Native IoT connectivity protocols support for MQTT, Thread, CoAP
    • BACnet and Wireless connectivity products that eliminate the need for expensive, time-consuming field tests

    Gateway Design and Development

    Lighting networks are generally proprietary networks, with little standardization. Communication among disparate products running on different network protocols is a major challenge. The solution to this is a gateway; a device or software module that understands multiple protocols and enables seamless communication between devices running on different protocols. Softdel's expertise in multiple connectivity protocols makes it an excellent gateway solutions partner.

    Application Development

    Centralized control and the option for remote monitoring are routed through management applications. In industrial automation these applications monitor flow meters, sensors, actuators, AC/DC drives, energy efficiency, security, safety and so on. Softdel helps co-create tools and applications by supporting manufacturing and process industries throughout the application development life cycle. Applications can be customized for use on local networks or cloud, through PCs, tablets and mobiles.

    Verification and Validation

    Softdel, home of the world's first BACnet Test Lab, also has an independent test lab to validate lighting devices and applications. System testing services include performance and scalability testing. OEMs use Softdel's device agnostic Test Automation Framework to reduce time and resources while achieving full test coverage of embedded devices.

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