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The Smart Building is Not a Destination, It’s a Journey
The vision of smart buildings, as presented by the media and marketing departments, depicts a technological utopia with broad sensory capabilities, intuitive human-centric applications, and advanced intelligence. This vision might be technically possible, but currently even the path to a “semi smart building” is fraught with challenges that make technical development difficult. Challenges which are […]
Fagerhult’s Connected Lighting Business and Financials Examined
In this Research Note, we examine the professional and public lighting business of Fagerhult Group, based on their 2021 Annual Report, Q1 2022 financial results, investor presentations, growth strategy and M&A. Fagerhult Group’s history began in 1945 as a family business in Fagerhult, Sweden. Today, this Nasdaq listed manufacturer of professional lighting solutions based in Habo, Sweden, has operations in […]
Acuity Brands Annual Report 2021 Examined
While lighting makes up 95% of Acuity Brands Inc revenue (they are now the largest lighting manufacturer in North America) it is their Intelligent Spaces Group (ISG) business segment that focuses on smart buildings technology. In this research note, we examine their recently published 2021 Annual Report. Acuity’s ISG business segment offers building management systems […]
The Smart Building Industry Begins to See Cleaning in a New Light
Few in-building technologies have experienced a more significant boost from the COVID-19 pandemic than UV-C light disinfection. The sanitation solution has been used for more than 40 years in disinfecting drinking water, wastewater, ventilated air, and pharmaceutical products, against a range of human pathogens. This year’s on-going global health crisis, however, has focused extra hype […]
Can UV-Light Kill Coronavirus in Our Contaminated Buildings?
Hospitals worldwide have become ground zero for the COVID-19 crisis. While the rest of us are forced to find innovative ways to maintain a normal life under lockdown, our brave healthcare workers heal the sick on the frontline of this biological war. As hospitals become a battleground in the fight against this invisible enemy, it […]
Light is a Powerful Stimulant But can we get the Productivity Boost Without the Side Effects?
“When we discovered how to make electric light, we dramatically changed the human condition and our productivity,” says Fred Maxik, a physicist and founder of Lighting Science Group. “We didn’t understand for the next 125 years was that this wonderful invention brought negative biological consequences.” Maxik’s Rhode Island-based firm, established in the year 2000, produces […]
Can Office Lighting Really Make You More Productive?
The right type of office light can make you more productive. This is a concept we’ve been hearing more and more in recent years, albeit mainly from lighting vendors and those promoting their smart buildings that feature “human-centric” lighting. So is this all just bogus science being used to reinvent the light bulb or is […]
In the Beginning There Was Light… ing Control Standards, Then Things got Complicated
In the Beginning There Was Light -ing controls and then came the Internet of Things (IoT). This means that lighting control standards were never intended or designed to deal with the multi-faceted and data rich uses of lighting infrastructure we see today. Lighting now finds itself at the heart of the IoT in Buildings, lighting-based […]