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Apr 2017 Lighting, Smart Homes | Comments Off

Let there be light

Let there be light

Marie Parry, marketing director of Scolmore Group, looks at the growing smart lighting sector and the opportunities it presents to installers, specifiers and architects Projected to exceed $47bn by 2020, the global lighting industry has come a long way from the on/off world to energy efficient lighting and adaptive lighting to the current connected – ...

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Apr 2017 Smart Homes | Comments Off

Bridging the skills gap

Bridging the skills gap

Peter Coombs, field marketing manager at Schneider Electric, takes a look at the widening skills gap, how it is affecting the electrical contracting sector and the opportunities that the IoT presents for electricians The UK is experiencing one of the strongest economic recoveries in Europe. Almost two million new jobs have been created as business ...

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Nov 2016 Lighting, Smart Homes | Comments Off

Office lighting under control

Office lighting under control

Thorn Lighting’s James Blackmore looks at an intelligent way to replace inefficient luminaires with the latest LED technology and reduce energy consumption by up to 80% Aspirations to make buildings more ‘intelligent’ are largely dependent on the application of what might be referred to as ‘smart’ technologies. Such technologies are developing rapidly in many areas ...

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Nov 2016 Lighting, Smart Homes | Comments Off

Trick of the light

Trick of the light

We need to light our offices, homes and streets, so why not use that light to also power our wireless data? LiFi offers a secure and safe communications solution, says pureLiFi Imagine if every light could transmit data – if the lights that illuminate offices, homes, cars and streets also connected us to the internet ...

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Nov 2016 Smart Homes | Comments Off

Smart grid innovation

Smart grid innovation

Reactive Technologies has demonstrated the world’s first nationwide transmission of data entirely via the electricity grid Reactive Technologies, a UK-based smart grid and demand-side response (DSR) company, demonstrated a world first in energy communications technology following a successful nationwide project with National Grid and SSE. The collaboration used Reactive’s Grid Data and Measurement System (GDMS) ...

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Sep 2016 Energy Efficiency, Smart Homes | Comments Off

Connected homes: the blueprint

Connected homes: the blueprint

While much of the discussion around smart home automation is focused on the interface and technology, it can be too easy to lose touch with the wider agenda and the opportunities from developments around a smart grid, says Richard Hayward of Legrand The meaning of the word ‘smart’ has expanded over recent years – originally ...

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Aug 2016 Energy Efficiency, Smart Homes | Comments Off

Importance of metering and monitoring

Importance of metering and monitoring

Energy-related regulations are driving the market in 2016, explains Poonam Walid, category marketing manager, power monitoring at Schneider Electric Buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy use and contribute 30% of total global CO2 emissions. By 2030, electricity consumption will have grown by more than 70%, compared to current levels. There’s a push by ...

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Aug 2016 Heating, Smart Homes | Comments Off

Smart made simple

Smart made simple

Electrical contractors and installers need to get clued up on smart heating controls. Simon May, product manager at Drayton Controls, explains why and discusses the best solution for quick and easy installation New research on the UK smart heating market indicates that sales of Internet of Things heating devices have grown by 3000% since 2010, ...

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May 2016 Smart Homes | Comments Off

Remote access for the smart consumer

Remote access for the smart consumer

The Internet of Things promises a brave new world of connected devices, smart cities and homes and – ultimately – better living, says Schneider Electric’s channel marketing engineer Asad Zaidi According to technology research firm TechNavio, the number of connected devices is expected to pass 17 billion in the next five years. The ability of ...

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May 2016 Smart Homes | Comments Off

Smart homes: your role in their growth

Smart homes: your role in their growth

Karl Rawlins, senior technical support engineer at Scolmore Group, answers key questions about smart homes and building automation What scale of home automation are we talking about – does it need to be a complete refit of the customer’s electronics or are there minor installations that can still make a big difference? Home automation is ...

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