|“The Xicato intelligent sensors were just the solution we were searching for to provide smart control over an extensive amount of space. It was amazing how much coverage each sensor, with the Xicato relay nodes, delivered along with the many functionalities. Additionally, the cost savings were a substantial added benefit.”
– David Stanojevic, Sales Manager, Design Lighting Systems
XIS was the right solution for the environment providing a multi-functional, closed-loop 5-in-1 sensor that turn environments such as warehouses at the Grand Sud Logistique business park into smart buildings. The XIS is programmed to sense for the following attributes:
The XIS continuously measures the surrounding lux level including natural light and transmits the information to each individual lighting node. The lighting nodes automatically adjust their intensities to ensure a pre-programmed lux level is maintained in line with working regulations. As a result, artificial lighting levels are adjusted as appropriate, taking into account natural light levels to maintain regulatory requirements. When no presence is detected by XIS in a focused area of the warehouse, the lighting adjusts to low levels in order to save energy. The nature of each building in terms of size and density of large metal shelving units filled with goods, coupled with requirements for positioning of luminaires and sensor equipment made this a challenging environment for Bluetooth wireless signals. Xicato, in conjunction with DLS, deployed 143 dedicated Xicato Relay Nodes (XRN) throughout the site in order to create a robust wireless mesh infrastructure, thereby ensuring uninterrupted system availability and control message delivery.
An override function is also available, in line with client requirements, whereby a switch located at the building entrance is used to provide two hours of full illumination in order to carry out maintenance or cleaning tasks. The switch may be re-activated at any time during this period to extend the maintenance and/or cleaning illumination time.
The XIS’ multi-functional, closed-loop 5-in-1 sensor capabilities easily allow the warehouse needs to be met in future by taking advantage of all of its sensors without any additional hardware upgrade cost to the customer. These capabilities are further augmented by OTA (over the air) upgrade ability of Xicato Controls devices to meet further customizations and a path to Bluetooth mesh standards and evolution of its protocol capabilities.
Result: Sustainable Environment with Efficient, Smart Lighting
The business park owners and DLS were extremely pleased with the final results of the project in a multitude of ways – energy savings translated into cost savings and eco-friendly lighting with diverse application uses for the future. Most importantly, the transformation of the warehouses into smart spaces complemented the preservation of the surrounding environment of wooded areas, pastures and wetlands that is the mission of the owners of the business park.
Lighting Design: Design Lighting Systems
Xicato Products: Controls, Intelligent Sensors and Relay Nodes