When it comes to field maintenance, the convergence of data, augmented reality, and machine learning will truly transform the lighting industry. First, the data collected by an all-digital lighting infrastructure is essential for diagnostics and root-cause analysis. Advanced data analytics and machine learning could potentially speed up the detection of an early “infant mortality” failure as well as provide recommendations that minimize premature wear out failure (Figure 3). And when the technicians or facility managers do set foot at the job site, through the mirror world they could walk up to the fixtures that need attention, access all the unique identification and diagnostic information associated with the fixture, and correctly address the issue the first time and every time.
What I’ve described may sound far-fetched, but the reality is that for the lighting industry, all three underpinning technologies are within reach. It’s just a matter of time before all three are integrated in a way that can provide a seamless user experience.
How do we get there?
For the lighting industry, a key step we need to take collectively is to build-out the all-digital lighting infrastructure. Without taking this important first step, the digital data, or the lifeblood of the mirror world, would be missing, and the full potential of this brave new world won’t be realized. The Advance Xitanium SR LED drivers from Signify, with built-in memory to store info such as the make/model as well as the diagnostic data, is well suited for the all-digital lighting infrastructure. They are not only designed to meet the highest quality standards, but are also compatible with leading indoor, industrial, and outdoor wireless lighting control solutions from around the world.
An all-digital lighting infrastructure that is based on the Advance Xitanium SR LED drivers have several advantages over other commercial wired alternatives that use Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) or 0-10V for control. That is because wireless control systems are inherently faster to install. The Advance Xitanium SR LED drivers also provide an unmatched amount of diagnostics information through built-in memory. Best of all, these “digital LED drivers” support the open-standard digital interface, which enables greater design flexibility with the lighting control solutions of your choice.
With the rapid technological advancement in machine learning, augmented reality, and LED lighting systems, digitalization of our physical world—through the embedded sensors and the Internet of Things—is inevitable. Within this decade, the mirror world will start to take shape and its transformational impact will be felt by everyone in the lighting industry. That is why every LED lighting system retrofit, and every new installation, presents a golden opportunity to lay down the foundation for a “future-proof” all-digital lighting system. If the average lifespan of an LED system is 10 years or perhaps more, and the incremental cost of an all-digital system is very modest, doesn’t it behoove us to go for an all-digital lighting system for every opportunity that we have today?