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Jan 6, 2020

Smart CitiesThe influx of people into large cities and conurbations is unabated. In 2018 there existed 33 megacities worldwide with a population of more than 10 million. According to estimates by the United Nations, in 2030 there will be no less than 43 cities with a total of 5 billion people.

This development brings major challenges to political decision-makers. Even today negative side effects can be seen, such as slum creation, high levels of environmental pollution, and depopulation of rural districts. Global developments such as scarcity of resources, climate change and gentrification, sharpen the demands further. These are soluble, it is generally thought, only if life in cities is designed to be “more efficient, more technologically progressive, greener and more socially inclusive.” The concept of the intelligent city, the “smart city,” is a collective term for holistic development strategies to achieve these goals. The approaches to the issue are as multifarious as the needs of each individual city. Common to them all, however, is the collection and intelligent evaluation of data supplied by numerous sensors (“ubiquitous computing”) from all areas of life. If this is to succeed, comprehensive networking will be necessary within a smart city (“smart connectivity”), for instance on the Internet of Things (IoT), and the evaluation of these immense data streams through automated technologies such as machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). Smart cities will provide not only more sustainability, convenience and security; they will also develop into a significant economic factor. Experts at corporate consultants Frost & Sullivan forecast a market volume as early as 2025 of around two trillion US dollars worldwide in connection with smart cities.

Innovation the key factor

Technological developments and innovations play a key role in the concepts of smart cities. Their realisation — and the social challenges which go hand-in-hand with them — can, it is true, be solved only politically. But technology and innovations make possible completely new solutions, by means of which government and society can take approaches which would previously have been unthinkable. Thus the invention of the lithium-ion battery, recently awarded a Nobel prize, has made possible the development of a sustainable electromobility. The commercial use of wind and sun as regenerative energies is only possible through examples of top technical performance in generation, transmission and distribution (“smart grid”). 

Of central importance in this process is the further development of information and communication technology (ICT), in order to ensure secure and efficient networking. The final version of a smart city will see people, places and infrastructures networked together. A more intensive networking and data collection by technical specialities within buildings is already reality today.

Smart buildings

Intelligent buildings are the nucleus of a smart city. It is there that the inhabitants will spend a large part of their time, whether in living (“smart home”), or working in purpose-built buildings (“smart buildings”). The trend to urbanisation and the increasing shortage of floor space will mean that buildings become ever larger, higher and more complex. In this process a broad-based collection of data and their evaluation will improve security, energy efficiency and environmental friendliness in the building and the city. Through comprehensive networking the data from numerous sensors will be available to all specialities. Thus, according to the ZVEI, intelligent building automation can bring savings in energy demand and CO2 emissions of 20 to 30%. Self-learning systems will promote intensive involvement by building users, for instance through needs-based control of light, air conditioning and heating, or through the display of individual escape routes on mobile phones. It will also be possible, to take another example, to install security systems that not only identify dangers such as fire or burglary but can actually predict them.

Smart lighting

Lighting accounts for a further large share in the potential for energy saving. According to information from the Working Group on Energy Balances, in Germany some 13% of electricity consumption goes on lighting. The introduction of LED luminaires signified a massive leap forward in lighting technology. They save up to 80% of energy compared with conventional lights. Smart light likewise has a strong impact on people's wellbeing and sense of security. Adjustment of lighting temperature and lighting colour by LED luminaires means that individual scenarios can be created, which increase wellbeing and productivity (“human-centric lighting”). In a larger context, LED streetlights can form the backbone of an intelligent city. Equipped with WLAN, charging facilities for e-cars, an emergency button or sensors for measuring traffic and weather, they will be a major component in networked IoT. Pilot projects have already been installed in Berlin-Adlershof and in Santander in Spain.

Smart mobility

Even now cities are suffering from traffic gridlock and high levels of toxic pollution. Without new mobility concepts there will be no smart cities. Along with intelligent traffic management and networking between traffic carriers, the intensive expansion of electromobility is the key to the problem. For this it will be necessary to provide charging points for electrical vehicles and an intelligent charge-management system in an intelligent electricity network (“smart grid”), which provides regenerative energies which are economically viable and not time-dependent, and which will avoid overloading the infrastructure.

Summary and outlook

The challenges of the future, such as urbanisation and climate change, can only be solved with pioneering concepts. Smart cities are no longer a mere vision but are already in the process of realization today. As early as 2014 the EU named 240 European cities which were pursuing more or less progressive smart-city concepts.

To reach beyond individual measures and pilot projects to achieve efficient solutions, an intensive exchange of information will be necessary between all those involved, both nationally and internationally. Only when political decision-makers, city planners, building operators, architects, designers, builders and representatives of the citizen body exchange information and jointly produce viable solutions will smart cities become a reality in the near future and be accepted by those who live in them.

An ideal platform this this important exchange will be provided by Light + Building 2020 from March 8 to 13 in Frankfurt am Main. It is the ideal platform to showcase concepts for building automation, the smart city, intelligent neighbourhood and energy management, progressive e-charging infrastructure and networked security.


David Gordon New 400Everyone is an expert in pricing. It’s either too high or too low based upon your role. Salespeople like it low. Management wants it high. The customer wants it “right” which, usually means “competitive” or “It’s reasonable for the value I am receiving.”

And the term “value” is intriguing as it infers that you understand
• the value that you bring
• the value that your product / service brings
• the competitive landscape (which also includes alternatives and inertia)

But I digress. 

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LDS Magiclite LS 400Magic Lite has announced the signing of Lightspec Canada Inc. as their Specification Sales Agent for the GTA.

As the Canadian Division of Lightspec, LLC, NY, this agency is headed by Steve Danzig as President and Neil Whiteford as Sales Manager. This talented sales team has over 150 years combined experience with Lighting Design, Applications, Lighting Controls, Distribution and Project Management. They are committed to bringing attentive service and expertise to their clients for their designs, projects, lighting requirements and acting as their trusted advisor and partner.

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COVID-19By Atul Minocha, Dawn Werry, and Kimberly Miller

When the pandemic first hit, the industrial manufacturing sector was changing daily. Now, at the start of the recovery phase, the whole industry is adapting. Some companies have had to find completely new markets for their products, while others have started making completely new products. Across the board, supply chains have been disrupted. Buyer behaviours have changed and go-to-market strategies have had to adjust in order to keep business moving. Here are four ways industrial manufacturing companies can recover from COVID-19:

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Gurvinder ChopraBy Gurvinder Chopra

In June 2019, the U.S. grid regulator, NERC, issued a warning that a major hacking group was conducting reconnaissance into the networks of electrical utilities. Just one month later, several major industrial firms announced they had been victims of a state-sponsored hacking campaign.

A year later, hackers targeted over 75 organizations around the world in the manufacturing, media, healthcare, and non-profit sectors, as part of a broad-ranging cyber espionage campaign.


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Value of Building Permits - JuneThe $687 million Oakridge Centre mixed use redevelopment project in the city of Vancouver helped raise the total national value of building permits 6.2% to $8.1 billion in June, to a level comparable to pre-COVID levels. Overall, seven provinces reported gains for the month.

Residential permits rise

The total value of residential permits was up 7.0% to $5.3 billion, with gains posted in six provinces. British Columbia posted its third largest value on record for residential permits in June, up 20.4% to $1.3 billion due to large projects such as the Oakridge Centre redevelopment. 

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SouthwireSouthwire has long held a commitment to sustainability, dating back to its first official sustainability report in 2007. Reflecting that commitment, the company recently launched its 2019 sustainability report, prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, featuring an exciting new goal called Carbon Zero.

The 2019 report highlights all areas of sustainability at Southwire and showcases the company’s most significant impacts by focusing on its five key tenets – Growing Green, Living Well, Giving Back, Doing Right and Building Worth.


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CSAOn May 8, 2020, Gianluca Arcari was appointed Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer at CSA Group, reporting to David Weinstein, President & CEO. In this role, Gianluca will be responsible for growing CSA’s global Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) organization. Leading a team of more than 200, Gianluca will guide and develop global commercial market sector strategies across CSA Group’s global business units in Home and Commercial, Industrial and Healthcare.

“Gianluca is widely known and respected for his technical and business skills both within CSA Group and in the global TIC market, making him an excellent choice for this role,” said David Weinstein.

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Robin Billingsley"It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of our longtime Marketing Manager, Robin Billingsley," said Beghelli General Manager, Bruno R. Ardito in a heartfelt letter to Beghelli customers.

"Robin had been battling breast cancer for the past few years and on July 23rd, Robin’s battle ended at 40 years young. We have had the pleasure of working with Robin for 13 years and in those 13 years, she executed many of the products and programs we have today. Robin truly represented Beghelli/Beluce ideals, philosophy and vision. 


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LDS CBC Lighitng logo 400By Blake Marchand

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Obviously with the global pandemic there has been increased focus on PPE and other sanitary products like hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, as well as Ultraviolet light that kills germs. LDS has published several reports from industry organizations that have recently conducted research studies on the effectiveness of T-UV lamps on neutralizing the COVID-19 virus. 

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