Encelium Technologies has introduced Polaris 3D, its next generation of lighting control software for the Energy Control System™. As the first software application of its kind in the lighting control industry, Encelium elected to unveil this ground-breaking technology at LIGHTFAIR International 2011, held in Philadelphia this spring.
The new software, which will be available in August 2011, offers users a single 360°, three-dimensional navigation in a multi-floor view, permitting faster and easier navigation to a desired control zone with the ability to see an entire facility or complex in a convenient 3D snapshot. Here’s a video describing the new software:
“Polaris 3D is a unique lighting innovation with tremendous capabilities,” explained Terry Mocherniak, chief operating officer of Encelium Technologies. “Users will no longer need to navigate through single floors, or a ‘tree architecture,’ to control lighting in their facility,” Mocherniak said. “Instead, they now have all of the key data at a glance, enabling them to optimize energy savings and improve occupant comfort and productivity with ease.”
Utilizing Microsoft’s Silverlight technology, Polaris 3D will permit access to the system via a simple web browser, eliminating the need for software installation, resulting in increased security, faster set-up and start times, and easier integration with other web-based building control systems. Polaris 3D also provides a colorized thermo-graphic representation of system parameters for lighting status, power consumption, light levels; occupancy status; load shedding status; and comparative energy trends.
“As a result, users will be able to identify lighting related inefficiency trends or operational anomalies anywhere in the facility,” Mocherniak said. “Such non-lighting parameters as temperature, CO2 levels, and air quality can also be represented in this thermo-graphic view, if the system is integrated with a building automation system.”
The central software enables facility managers with drag and drop functionality to simply group floors, rooms or even desks into zones which are then controlled as a unit. Users can instantly rearrange lighting layouts by moving a zone from one area to the other with just a click of their mouse. Polaris 3D also provides the ability to change light levels anywhere in a complex, modify default levels and set lighting time schedules.
The launch of Polaris 3D follows Encelium’s recent introduction of its CarbonWatch energy dashboard software application. Working with the company’s Energy Control System, CarbonWatch continuously displays a building’s energy performance and carbon footprint reduction in a slide-show format. Designed for public information displays in building common areas, it can also be installed in interactive information kiosks.