June 26, 2017: The world’s tallest internet-based skyscraper, which is under construction in Toronto, is all set to feature an internet-based building automation network that an occupant can plug into for intelligent LED lighting controls. However, the catch here is that the LED lights must be made IP addressable. This smart network system comes about as a attraction to prospective tenants at the 617-ft EY tower, which is being built by the leading real estate company, Oxford Properties.
Smart + connected building
Oxford Properties is facilitating networked controls of systems such as lighting, HVAC, and security access by incorporating an automation platform with the help of internet protocols into the building’s infrastructure. The integral network at the build would most probably be one of the world’s tallest smart lighting office installations when completed, which will be known as “Smart+ Connected” building.
Like other smart lighting systems, it would presumably let building occupants turn LED lights on and off via computers and gadgets, which they could also use to brighten or dim, according to industry analysts. Some systems also provide the capability to change colors and light temperature, and some include sensors that help control other building functions such as heating and physical security.
To leverage this capability for their space, customers should be aware of a few basic requirements. Foremost is the need to ensure that any new device the customer wants to automate, like custom lighting, access control or HVAC, should be IP addressable and use a supported protocol for communication. Specifically, any new system needs to conform to the TCP/IP (v.4) standard for data communications, and use either an industry standard protocol like BACnet or an Internet standard (REST/JSON) for message passing.”
Compatible IP network
Tenants who want to take advantage of the system must tie into the building’s IP network via a compatible IP network, and that the lighting system should be addressable at the individual light fixture level with the ability to both read the current on/off state and set that state to control lighting.
While the system puts EY Tower on the vanguard of modern lighting controls, it does not include Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting. PoE runs both electricity and data to LED lights, and is considered by some to be the future of indoor commercial office lighting. Among other reasons, it can lower new construction costs by eliminating the costs associated with conventional wiring and electricians.
Around 3 to 4 years back, the owners specified the system however, PoE could not economically handle the wattage required for LEDs. Another Toronto building owned by Oxford, RBC Water Park Place, features PoE lighting on five floors occupied by PoE vendor Cisco, which uses the space to display the technology. EY Tower’s LED luminaire provider is Canadian lighting company Metalumen. The building was designed by New York architects Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) to include an information technology infrastructure that improves the operations and efficiency of converged building systems such as lighting and heating.