A lightbulb moment: Ersúles makes lighting smart CASE STUDY Intel® Atom™ Processor E3826

A lightbulb moment: Ersúles makes lighting smart CASE STUDY Intel® Atom™ Processor E3826
A lightbulb moment:
Ersúles makes lighting smart
Intel® Atom™ Processor E3826
Intel® IoT Gateway Development Kit DK300 Series
Internet of Things
• New application. Internet of Things (IoT) solutions have been used to solve
various challenges in facilities management and operations, but not in lighting
• Boost efficiency. Offices, factories, and other workplace buildings use a lot of
energy, especially for lighting. Ersúles wanted to reduce energy output with smart
lighting controls
• Data waste. Ersúles wanted to integrate its range of energy-efficiency solutions
into an IoT platform so that data from sensors could be gathered, collated,
filtered, and analyzed to transform and optimize client operations
• IoT. Ersúles deployed the Intel® IoT Gateway to seamlessly interconnect its smart
controls and ensure a secure, uninterrupted data flow between them
• Significant capacity. Intel® Atom™ processors E3826 in the gateway devices
provide the computing power and throughput needed to gather all the incoming
data, normalize it, and send it to the cloud via the Wind River – Helix Device
Cloud* (HDC)*
• Top security. The Intel IoT Gateway was developed using the Intel IoT Gateway
Development Kit DK300 Series, which has built-in enterprise-grade security, such
as McAfee® Embedded Control*, secure boot*, and encrypted storage
• Smart lighting. Ersúles is bringing connected technology to the lighting industry
and expects to make a big impact over time, in collaboration with Intel, McAfee
and Wind River
• Cloud connection. Data from the gateway devices is stored in the cloud for easy
review and analysis through a simple Ersúles* dashboard application on the
user’s PC or mobile device
• Energy savings. Thanks to smart lighting, building environment and resources
can be automatically monitored, with potential energy savings of up to 90
percent1. Users can also monitor and optimize on energy and space utilization
Ersúles Makes Lighting Smart
Intel® Atom™ processor-powered Ersúles
gateways deliver connected, smart lighting
Energy-saving lights
“Opening up the lighting
industry to the myriad
possibilities the Internet
of Things brings has been
made possible thanks
to Intel’s dedication,
expertise, and state-ofthe-art technology. Intel®
IoT Gateway helps us to
connect luminaires to the
cloud, integrate with clients’
existing infrastructure,
and securely manage the
collected data.”
– Elliott Murphy-Kerry,
Chief Operating Officer,
Director, Ersúles
Established in 2002, Patina Lighting is
a lighting design and manufacturing
company that has developed a range of
innovative smart lighting technologies,
specializing in innovation, optical
design and energy efficient lighting
optimization. The company has a
hard-working R&D department that
focuses on developing solutions
that are practical and technically
appropriate for industrial and general
lighting installations. It has sales and
distribution channels across Europe,
the Middle East and Africa, and caters
to many Intel sites globally.
Moving beyond simple lighting
technology, Patina Lighting has a
successful intelligent lighting offering
with elements of integrated controls in
the luminaires that can, for example,
switch on and off and dim depending on
occupancy and external light sources.
A key goal is to reduce energy waste for
organizations with large office spaces
like factories and warehouses, which
can have hundreds of thousands of
lamps. For instance, recent projects
over the last few years have included
lighting supply, installation, and project
management for Intel offices in Leixlip
and Shannon in Ireland, Swindon
in England, Munich in Germany and
Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Across
these projects alone, Patina Lighting
replaced 33,470 lights, saving 23
Gigawatt hours (GWh) in annual energy
consumption, almost USD 3 million
in annual lighting costs and 1,258
metric tons of annual carbon dioxide
emissions. To put the enormity of this
energy saving into perspective, if you
put together all the power-generating
stations around Niagara Falls, they can
produce only about 4.4 GWh of power.
Pushing the energy-saving agenda,
the team of directors at Patina Lighting
realized the potential in luminaires as
connected devices that could “talk”
to each other. Such smart lights could
react even more intelligently to save
energy and enable better building
management, thereby reducing
resource drains like lighting costs.
For instance, with connected, smart
lighting, the system can record how
long certain areas are occupied and
project future usage. This is very helpful
for accurately estimating costs and
limiting lighting stock requirements.
To achieve this next level of truly smart
lighting, the company would have to
shift to be a heavily IT-focused service
provider able to capture and analyze
data and manage clients long-term, as
well as a smart luminaire manufacturer.
So Patina Lighting spun out a sister
company called Ersúles. “Thanks to
Patina Lighting’s heritage, we have
already demonstrated competency in
the lighting sector,” said Elliott MurphyKerry, chief operating officer, director
for Ersúles. “Being able to access
Patina’s industry-leading R&D puts us
in a strong position to help companies
experience the cost savings made
possible by investing in smart lighting
Making lighting smart
Thanks to the Intel IoT Gateway,
Ersúles has created a smart lighting
management solution powered by Intel
Atom processors. This includes easyto-install sensor fittings which can track
data. Typically, a deployment involves
one gateway fitting per room, or per 20
light fittings, since most luminaires are
sensor control modules that interface
with the gateway luminaire. Such
smart light sensors can measure their
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environment, from carbon dioxide
and oxygen levels to temperature
and humidity. This data is captured
by the gateway. They can be reactive
to natural light as well, automatically
and dynamically adjusting light levels
depending on the environment. “We are
especially excited about our Bluetooth*
beaconing offering, whereby our smart
luminaires can track an individual’s
Bluetooth signal from their smartphone
and alter the light levels based on their
personal preferences,” said MurphyKerry. “If their profile is set up and
connected, the system can recognize
when a particular person enters a
meeting room and lower the lights to
their preferred presentation mode.”
With smart lighting, companies
also have the ability to integrate
their lighting solution within a wider
building management system. For
instance, using such an IoT solution,
a company could monitor when a
light source is close to end-of-life and
directly reorder through a connected
stock management system. From
a maintenance perspective, data
gathered via the IoT could inform a
company which parts were needed for a
particular job.
“This technology will drive efficiencies,”
said Murphy-Kerry. “By tracking a
security guard, for instance, the lights
could turn on just for him, limiting
lighting usage. From a cost-saving point
of view, our smart controls can also
monitor wattage and so calculate how
much energy each light fitting is using,
giving good insight into overall lighting
costs. This is very valuable for a building
manager, whose annual lighting bill
can really add up. We can track power
consumption as well, to easily identify
and fix or replace any devices that
are not delivering energy efficiency,
helping us secure sustainability for the
future. The value of smart lighting for
companies is mainly in either reducing
operating costs and streamlining
processes or providing information that
allows our clients to optimize the use of
facilities and resources.”
The benefits of smart lighting are
wide-ranging, from improving the
employee environment to streamlining
operations and boosting energy
savings. To achieve these, companies
need an ongoing relationship with their
smart lighting provider to make use of
the data collected by their smart lights.
Therefore, Ersúles wants to be able to
manage clients long-term. “We see the
potential for greater market segment
capture with this lighting-as-a-service
approach,” said Murphy-Kerry. “Intel is
helping us revolutionize our business
model and deliver the sort of technical
support — including data management
and support for remote management
of lights — that is necessary given our
ongoing client approach. This is a major
opportunity for all parties, since smart
lighting generates a lot of prospects for
To get their smart lighting offering
off the ground, Ersúles needed IT
expertise. Intel IoT Gateways are the
result of Intel’s collaboration with
McAfee and Wind River, so Intel was
able to provide Ersúles with the base
layer of technology. By providing preintegrated, pre-validated hardware and
software building blocks, the gateways
connect legacy and new systems and
enable seamless and secure data flow
between edge devices and the cloud.
Ersúles has also developed a dashboard
application to let clients access their
data. “Users can see the output of
all the smart lighting data collection
through an app for both iOS* and
Android*, enabling them to keep up to
date with all their building information
using a single dashboard,” said MurphyKerry. “Since data is stored securely in
the cloud, if one of the gateway devices
fails, all the customer needs to do is
plug in a new one, and all their old
settings and data will be restored. Thus,
each gateway delivers an always-on
“The Ersúles Intel IoT Gateway lighting
control and smart building solution was
developed using the Intel IoT Gateway
Development Kit DK300 Series, but
originally the team started using the
Intel IoT Gateway Development Kit
DK50 Series, which shows how much
we have scaled up,” said Murphy-Kerry.
Since Ersúles started business, its
need for a solid developer team has
also grown, in order to offer clients its
lighting-as-a-service solution.
The team hired a software architect to
work in-house and work closely with
a Wind River team to drive software
development. This team is helping
Ersúles to integrate the HDC into their
offering to make sure it can provision
its gateways remotely. Utilizing this
system, Ersúles is able to dynamically
scale up from 100 to 100,000 gateways
automatically as demand grows.
“Anyone can do an IoT trial with 50
luminaires, but when you are trying to
deploy 50,000 you need scalability and
a reliable infrastructure. Intel supports
us in delivering that,” said MurphyKerry. “Working with large, trusted,
and scalable suppliers of services
and solutions has really helped us to
accelerate our business development.
The marketplace has confidence in
the Intel brand, Intel® technology, and
particularly Intel Atom processors.
We have felt the benefit of having this
association and have drawn strength to
delve into the world of the IoT thanks to
Intel’s support.
“What also became clear as soon as
we sat down with the Intel team was
that this was a company with a vision
of an IT-enabled future that chimes
with our own and has a clear roadmap
for getting there,” said Murphy-Kerry.
“We chose Intel following a supplier
review because it can provide the full
package and support us in this new
venture. Our end decision was really
easy because we had to look at what
companies could supply. Intel ticked our
boxes. Connectivity, manageability, and
security are the three most important
elements of our system, since they
needed to be part and parcel of our
offering. We can trust Intel to deliver,
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which means we can also gain the trust
of our customers as we move into this
new area.”
Securely connecting to the IoT
Intel IoT Gateways enable the
connectivity of legacy industrial devices
and other systems to the IoT and
integrate technologies and protocols
for networking, embedded control,
and enterprise-grade security, making
them invaluable for Ersúles’ offering.
These luminaire controls connect to
the cloud within minutes, meaning they
can collate the data coming in from
the sensor devices and then send it
to the cloud for review and analysis.
Security is enforced automatically, since
a security key is issued to each device
as soon as the gateway connects to the
cloud. This means all data sent to and
from the gateway device is encrypted
for optimum data privacy.
Security is paramount when dealing
with this kind of data collection and
transfer, so built-in precautions,
such as McAfee Embedded Control*,
Secure Boot, and Encrypted Storage,
are crucial. “Security is vital,” said
Murphy-Kerry. “If someone was to
know the direction people were going
around a facility, there would be major
opportunities for that to be misused.
A key consideration when you are
deploying into large environments
in business is that your clients are
looking to give you access to their
corporate management system, so
security is crucial. They really like the
integrated security Intel technology
offers. Also, when there are upgrades,
deployment is easy and quick because
this is a commercial-grade management
solution. Our platform is really rigid,
with built-in security and encryption at
every level.”
Going global
Ersúles has big ambitions for smart
lighting and smart buildings using
lighting as a base deployment, with
significant commercial trials already
underway in various regions. “We
are very excited to bring the IoT to
commercial lighting infrastructures. In
a pleasingly circular way, our biggest
trials are happening at Intel sites,” said
Murphy-Kerry. “We are running smart
lighting and building controls trials at
multiple Intel locations. These trials are
ranging from 10 to 50 pieces per site.
We expect results indicating that smart
lighting generates even better energy
savings than intelligent lighting.
“Our controls offering can deliver
energy savings even greater than
those currently in reach thanks to
intelligent lighting,” Murphy-Kerry said.
“However, the option for data to be fed
into existing management systems is
where the biggest opportunities lie.
Smart lighting covering an entire facility
will make a huge difference as we can
monitor it constantly and optimize
on the status quo. For example, if
combined with a marketing system,
the data we gather could be useful to
determine optimum space utilization
and used — for instance, in the retail
sector — to highlight the most common
route through a store and so help
determine positioning for marketing
or giveaways. The possibilities are
endless, and the value to such data
capture is yet unknown. It is all about
how the data can be used.”
Lessons learned
While intelligent lighting has been
a great step forward and helped
organizations save on energy, it
is just the tip of the iceberg. With
Ersúles smart solutions, it is possible
to personalize lighting options,
automatically alter atmospheric
conditions, and forecast lamp lifetime
and inventory requirements, resulting
in significant savings on building
resources. With Intel’s support, it is
easy for non-technology companies
to bring technical services to market,
embrace the IoT, and scale up.
Find the solution that’s right for your
organization. View success stories
from your peers and check out the
IT Center, Intel’s resource for the IT
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