What Hath Our IoT Lighting Doth Wrought?
... Last time around, "News Staff" offered some tie-together insights on why we might expect lighting to find itself at as the eyes and ears of the IoT. Makes sense. It has a good view of the space, constant electricity (and if not, it's a pretty correctable decision), and we're... Read
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opportunities presented by the increasing rapid adoption of high brightness LEDs,
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revolution" for a previously "analog" world. LEDs are having a
substantial disruptive effect on a number of established technologies, and where
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Playhouse Square Theater District Gets Outdoor Advertising Kiosks and LED Displays from Barco LIGHTimes News Staff
March 5, 2015...Barco, a supplier of video display systems, worked with design firm The
Barncyz Group to produce an unique advertising display for the historic theater
district. Barco leveraged its outdoor LED displays and LCD advertising kiosks
to bring the magic of live Broadway shows and entertainment
In Playhouse Square, Barco installed a series of its advertising kiosks to
promote Broadway's entertainment line-up. Playhouse Square, United States'
biggest performing arts center outside of New York City, has recently undergone
an architectural transformation. Sponsors breathed new life into the theater
district to attract young and old alike to the live performance area.
Danny Barnycz was hired to conceptualize a design that translated the light
and airy atmosphere of the renovated auditoriums into outdoor signage. Barnycz
recommended Barco LCD kiosks and LED displays He sited their brilliant,
high-impact color reproduction, flexibility and reliability.
“Recognizing the vast amount of entertainment programming by
Playhouse Square and the need to quickly update signage with fresh, timely
messages, the Barco advertising kiosks were the natural choice,”
commented Barnycz. “They give Playhouse Square marketers the
flexibility to promote all of their shows, adapting messaging and taking
advantage of social media apps to promote real-time interaction. Plus,
Barco’s hallmark all-weather durability, 24/7 reliability and sleek,
low-profile footprint are essential for this challenging
Uniquely, the kiosks can interact via mobile phones, creating a more
one-to-one relationship with people on the street.
“The kiosks enable us to communicate in an intimate way with current
and potential customers, engaging them with more meaningful content,”
said Tim Birch, VP of retail sales, sponsorship sales & technologies.
“We’ve already seen a lot of interest from advertisers and
sponsors who want to capitalize on the value of this up-close opportunity to
connect with the theater crowd and beyond.” The displays can
integrate with the latest smartphones and tablets through the broadcasting of
twitter feeds and spontaneous advertiser promotions for a rich and personalized
This Playhouse Square project comprises seven double-sided, 72-inch LED
backlit LCD video display advertising kiosks that provide 2,000 nits
brightness. The LCD72ox display is fully configurable and offers changeable
skins to reflect the brand image of each customer. Advertisers can deliver
unique content that enables audience interaction with devices to maximize
The Barco C8 display, is a small, lightweight outdoor video tile that
provides 5,000-nits-brightness. The C8 tiles comprise the four giant marquee
screens (with eight display faces total) and also create a majestic 30-foot
tall, linear video screen featuring event promotions, information, advertising,
and other digital art. A ticker-style screen on the Idea Center building and a
ribbon screen on the Hanna Building complete the C8 installation.
“We are happy to be part of this monumental architainment project,
which leverages the most innovative qualities of our advertising kiosks to the
fullest,” comments Carl Rijsbrack, Chief Marketing Office of Barco
Retail & Advertising. “The opportunity to play an instrumental
role in fulfilling Danny’s vision for Playhouse Square is both an honor
and a welcome challenge, and we are thrilled with the results!”
Samsung Electronics Acquires LED Display and Sign Company YESCO Electronics LIGHTimes News Staff
March 4, 2015...Korean company Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. reported that its has acquired
of U.S.-based LED display maker YESCO Electronics. The Logan, Utah-based
company produces LED sign and displays boasting more than 2,000 installations
across the U.S. and abroad.
The acquisition effectively extends Samsung's technology reach beyond the
large format displays employing LCD panels into LED displays and signs for
applications in education, retail, hospitality, corporate, and transportation
environments. YESCO Electronics was a subsidiary of the Young Electric Sign
Company (YESCO), a privately-owned custom sign manufacturer.
YESCO produces LED displays (not including LED backlit or edge lit) that
offer energy efficiency and enhanced picture quality. Samsung plans to work
with YESCO Electronics to provide durable, reliable, and long-lasting displays
targeting varied and extreme conditions.
“By combining the extensive expertise of YESCO Electronics in LED
displays with our global network, business experience and world-class R&D
team, we further validate our leading position and the value that we bring to
our customers as a total solutions provider in digital display,”
said Seog-Gi Kim, senior vice president, Visual Display Business, Samsung
“The solid relationship between Samsung and YESCO will strengthen
YESCO’s position in the marketplace,” said John Williams, CEO
of YESCO Electronics. “This acquisition expands the presence of our
services and systems across Samsung’s vast global network, allowing a
wider range of businesses to offer their customers a more impressive,
eye-catching visual experience. YESCO Electronics will offer a broader range of
world-class products to the customers as part of the Samsung
Lighting Science and Global Good to Develop LED-Based Alternatives to Pesticides LIGHTimes News Staff
March 4, 2015...Lighting Science Group Corporation and Intellectual Ventures’ Global
Good of Melbourne, Australia, have agreed to collaborate on the development of
light technologies for pest control. The joint development effort will combine
Global Good’s photonic fence invention and Lighting Science’s
light-control technology to produce field-ready prototypes that reportedly
provide an environmentally-responsible alternative to chemical pesticides.
Lighting Science plans to leverage this development effort to create a new
company specializing in efficient and effective pest control products for
residential, commercial, and health.
The photonic fence device employs low-cost sensors and laser technology and
uses software to identify, track, and eliminate insects. Intellectual Ventures
first invented the photonic fence device to address the spread of malaria in
developing countries. In addition to its potential for helping global health
organizations fighting vector-borne diseases, the photonic fence technology
also presents significant applications for agriculture.
“What began by putting the world’s deadliest animal, the
mosquito, in our sights with a laser, has opened up new advances in the way we
can use light to protect communities and crops from a range of disease-bearing
insects,” said Maurizio Vecchione, senior vice president for Global
Good and Research at Intellectual Ventures. “For example, the export
potential of high-value crops could increase dramatically if a light-based
perimeter was available to both monitor and eliminate pests, instead of
possibly unsafe or ineffective insecticides.”
Under the research agreement, Global Good will license its photonic fence
technology to Lighting Science to manage product development in both vector
control for malaria and derivative inventions in agricultural systems. Lighting
Science's goal for the collaboration is to commercialize vector control and
derivative innovations for agriculture in world markets.
Lighting Science CEO Ed Bednarcik says, “This collaborative
product development could drive significant new advances in the intersection of
biology and light.” Lighting Science founder and chief technology
officer Fred Maxik added, “The transformation of light into a digital
technology that can be precisely controlled offers great promise in a number of
fields – especially human health and agriculture. Our experience working
with NASA and other agencies has shown us that we can improve agricultural
output without the use of harmful chemicals.”
Craig Cogut, chairman of Lighting Science and founder and managing partner
of Pegasus Capital Advisors stated, “We believe that new applications
of LED technology can democratize light, revolutionize incumbent industries,
and improve the lives of billions. Collaborating with Global Good will help us
to overcome global challenges and ensure that the environmental, health, and
agricultural benefits of this transformation are shared globally."
Sharp Eyes Closing LED Production Factory as Part of Restructuring
March 3, 2015...Sharp Electronics Inc. has suffered stiff competition in the electronics
market. Severe losses have plagued the company especially in its LCD display
and solar panel businesses. As a key part of its restructuring plan, Sharp
electronics reportedly plans to reorganize electronic component manufacturing,
according to an article
Among the planned business changes, Sharp intends to close the Mihara plant
that makes LEDs. While the decision to close the LED production facility is not
final, such a shut down would be the company's first closing of a major factory
Other businesses such as LCD displays and solar panels, have faced stiff
competition. Other potential restructuring measures could include exiting or
selling the company's solar panel business, and closing four electronic
component plants in Fukuyama.
Iowa Cubs to get Daktronics Display at Their Home Field LIGHTimes News Staff
February 26, 2015...The Iowa Cubs, a triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, has selected
Daktronics to design, manufacture and install a new LED video display for
Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa. The new display will have 15HD pixel
layout. In addition to clear, crisp imagery and deep contrast, the display
features wide-angle visibility so every seat can see the best picture. The
display, which incorporates robust environmental protection for outdoor use,
will measure about 24 feet high by 62.5 feet wide.
"Our new state-of-the-art Daktronics video board will be able to do
everything but a backward somersault, pike position," said Iowa Cubs
principal owner Michael Gartner. "It will provide more information and more
excitement for our fans. They're going to love it."
The displays employ variable content zoning, which allows for one large
image or multiple zones to show any combination of live video, instant replays,
statistics, scoring information, animations, graphics, and sponsor messages.
"We're proud to be involved with this significant upgrade for Iowa Cubs
baseball at Principal Park," said Matt Warnke, Daktronics sales
representative. "The confidence the Iowa Cubs have shown by selecting
Daktronics says a lot about our industry-proven, high-quality product. We're
excited to be a part of this and we are looking forward to the first game
showcasing the new display."
Daktronics will also include its Show Control System with this
installation. This system grants a combination of display control software,
video processing, data integration and playback hardware for user-friendly
Philips LED Lighting Installed in Costa Cruises' Ships LIGHTimes News Staff
February 26, 2015...Royal Philips of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, has completed the upgrade of
10 ships for Costa Cruises. Over 300,000 Philips LED lights were installed,
reducing the energy required to power the ships lighting by 60%. Aboard ships,
diesel motors generate all of the electricity. According to Philips, the
lighting renovation across 10 ships enables total annual savings of 30,000
tonnes in CO2 emissions. The switch to energy efficient LED technology is the
latest step towards Costa Cruises’ goal to slash its CO2emissions
according to targets it set out in its Sustainability Report published in
Stefania Lallai, Costa Cruises Sustainability Director, commented,
“This initiative between two companies engaged in providing solutions
for the mitigation of the impact on the environment represents another step
forward by Costa Cruises in the field of sustainability. The lighting project
with Philips is an important initiative undertaken to lower the CO2 impact
generated by our fleet and to reduce energy consumption on
Philips pointed out that its MasterLED spots and CoreProLED tubes, which
were installed on the cruise ships, emit excellent quality white light that
does not irritate or tire the eyes. Moreover, the LED lighting lasts longer (up
to 40,000 hours.
Back in 2013, Philips completed the relamping of three ships. The lighting
of the remaining seven ships completely upgraded by December 2014. Philips is
taking part in the LED lighting renovation of Costa Cruises’ headquarters
in Genoa, Italy.
“Travel by sea already has the lowest carbon footprint compared to
other forms of transport in the wider tourism industry,’’ said
Nicola Kimm, head of sustainability for Philips Lighting.
‘’Think of cruise ships as self-contained mini floating cities,
powered by their own energy supply. Switching from 50 Watt bulbs to 7 Watt LED
technology increases energy efficiency by more than halving each ship’s
electricity consumption required for lighting.’’
Agricultural Lighting Company Once Innovations Begins Licensing Patents LIGHTimes News Staff
February 24, 2015...ONCE Innovations (ONCE), an agricultural and horticultural lighting company,
has begun licensing its technology after the company recently filed its 100th
patent application. The company currently has 26 issued patents worldwide
including patents related to agriculture, horticulture, and lighting.
The licensing program is not for just the patents related to agriculture and
horticulture, but also those related to lighting.
ONCE CEO Zdenko Grajcar said, “We are not just another LED
company. We are in the agricultural lighting business with a mission to help
growers produce more food at lower costs. Our core focus in on the research in
areas of animal and plant photobiology and related optogenetics. We feel
leveraging our research findings in specialized, biologically adjusted lighting
has huge potential in agricultural markets.”
The company has hired law firm, Vincent and Elkins (V&E) LLC, to be
their legal counsel related to licensing of Once Innovation's patents.
“ONCE technology is designed from the ground up, based on
fundamentally new understandings of what connects living organisms to light.
Our patent program is based on the investment of significant capital into
research and development. Filing our 100th active patent application is an
important accomplishment reflecting the company's ongoing attention to
innovation and a candid testament to the outstanding achievements of our
R&D team,” commented Joe Hoffman, ONCE General Counsel.
Mr. Grajcar noted that several companies have approached ONCE in recent
months inquiring about licensing the company's proprietary line voltage LED (AC
LED) and color shift technology outside of agriculture markets.
Everlight Anticipates Growth in Part Driven by LEDs for Automobiles
February 24, 2015...Everlight Electronics chairman Robert Yeh said he expects revenue to grow
this year compared to last year’s NT$30.61 billion (US$967.75 million).
Yeh indicated that the growth would come from rising demand for LED lighting
from business segments including automobiles, according to a Taipei
Yeh said that Everlight plans gradually shift its focus away from its
own-brand fluorescent LED tubes and LED bulbs because of increased price
competition. He said the company will shift its focus more toward outdoor LED
display products and commercial lighting applications. He noted that the
company's commercial lighting and outdoor LED display segments would also face
competition from Chinese producers, but Everlight would improve the designs of
its commercial lighting and outdoor LED display products to enhance their
Yeh said he was optimistic about the near future of the market for LED
applications for automobiles.“I foresee demand for automotive LED
applications rising rapidly, so Everlight will put more resources in its
automotive LED applications segment,” Yeh said in the Taipei
Automotive LED products account for less than 5 percent of Everlight’s
total current revenue. The company's lighting and backlight segments make up
about 40 percent, the company noted.
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