Lighting Management Application

Technology domains
Cloud Solutions | Mobile | IoT | Low level development
Equipment Maintenance Management System Equipment Maintenance Management System
Large facilities such as shipyards, automotive manufacturing plants, and aircraft maintenance hangars, have a significant amount of various equipment and machinery: forklifts, production machines, critical support equipment, and IoT devices. And all tasks related to their maintenance and monitoring are usually done manually, which is extremely time-consuming and labor-intensive.
Production Monitoring System Production Monitoring System
Production managers need real-time information about all events on the production floor to timely address any emerging manufacturing problems like production line stoppage, unplanned downtime, quality defects in the manufactured products, inadequate efficiency of processes, low productivity, and many others. However, with old equipment, it’s very difficult to get any data out of production lines other than parts produced per hour.Therefore, there’s an urgent need for industrial monitoring systems that without any modification of the existing equipment would keep track of production areas 24/7 and provide production managers with real-time data on the manufacturing process.
Smart Meter Reading Software Smart Meter Reading Software
Many people find paying monthly energy bills frustrating and challenging. Owners of standard meters need to take readings manually, which is rather tedious and time-consuming. Besides, this often leads to errors, which later turn into large energy bills. Moreover, in case you forget to submit readings, your supplier will have to send you a bill with an estimated amount of energy spent during the month. These estimates are not always accurate and often lead to shock bills.
HVAC Management System HVAC Management System
The recent trend in home automation satisfies the need of today's homeowners for maximum comfort and highly manageable home appliances. Smart home technology transforms a traditional home into a single system that can be easily adjusted according to the user's needs. Apart from lighting, such systems allow homeowners to control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to create a healthy and comfortable living environment, improve air quality, reduce energy consumption and prevent shockingly high utility bills.
Lighting Management Application Lighting Management Application
One of the first devices homeowners invest in when equipping their smart homes is connected lighting. There are several options on the market that provide automatic lighting control — from Wi-Fi-based light bulbs that you can buy on Amazon to smart switches and dimmers that take place of old switches on the walls.
Meter Reading System Meter Reading System
Many traditional meter owners complain that they often receive unexpectedly huge utility bills at the end of the month. Manual data collection does not allow them to constantly monitor utility consumption levels and, if necessary, limit their energy usage, not to mention that it is quite a laborious procedure.Homeowners need an easy-to-use solution to read meters automatically and provide them with real-time data on their utility consumption.
GreenVaro: Complex Environmental Monitoring System GreenVaro: Complex Environmental Monitoring System
The rapid growth of manufacturing and increasing resource consumption are inevitably affecting the environment. Today, the world around us is polluted with noise, light, carbon dioxide, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, and many other hazardous chemicals. Their impact on human health can lead to respiratory infections, hearing loss, and in the long term cause heart disease, lung cancer, and other critical health conditions.
Smart Meter Reading System Smart Meter Reading System
Some homeowners learn how much energy, gas, and water they have used in a month only when they receive a utility bill. Rising utility costs can affect their ability to keep up with monthly mortgage payments and stick to the budget.Therefore, there’s a need for a solution that would keep homeowners up to date with their consumption and empower them to make smarter utility usage choices to reduce costs.
Water Pump Station Management System Water Pump Station Management System
Typically, the demand for water varies day and night, resulting in variable volumes of water and output pressure by water supply stations. For this reason, they are equipped with various pumps capable of different throughput, output pressure, and power consumption. Wise distribution of load between the pumps provides very significant cost savings on electricity bills.Therefore, there's a need for a system that will help reduce costs for water supply stations by remotely monitoring water pump parameters in real-time.

Challenge

One of the first devices homeowners invest in when equipping their smart homes is connected lighting. There are several options on the market that provide automatic lighting control — from Wi-Fi-based light bulbs that you can buy on Amazon to smart switches and dimmers that take place of old switches on the walls.

But smart lighting systems with centralized lighting control can do a better job. They outperform their competitors in speed and efficiency. Such systems allow homeowners to remotely control both individual lights and groups of lights in large rooms using just one device — a mobile phone.

Solution

For this project, Softarex has developed a Lighting Management Application for software and hardware solution that enables the owners of smart homes to remotely control the lighting — turn on and off, change the brightness, and more — from their mobile phones.

Our app initializes a set of multiple DALI ballasts, devices used to control the voltage, current, and waveform of electric discharge lamps, and provides a GUI (graphical user interface) that allows EnOcean wireless switches to be set to specific actions (turning on/off) for individual ballasts so that users can adjust the lighting with a single click of a button. Colorful icons and other visual indicators in the GUI make the management of lighting devices even more convenient for homeowners.

Project’s results

The use of our Lighting Management Application brings the following benefits to homeowners and businesses:

  • Fully automated smart home lighting management;
  • Easy and convenient control of up to 64 DALI ballasts, which is more than enough to manage a big apartment or even an entire office;
  • Up to 40% energy savings;
  • Costs savings in installation, maintenance, and renovation.

Technical challenges

  • Development of a powerful lighting management application that can control a set of up to 64 DALI ballasts;
  • Creation of a library for CoDeSys PLC to communicate with DALI and EnOcean devices via gateways;
  • Design of user interface on CoDeSys PLC to manage a set of up to 64 ballasts;
  • Implementation of EnOcean technology to control ballasts wirelessly;
  • Initialization of all ballasts’ addresses within no more than 5 minutes.

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