Real World Examples of PoE's Benefits

Your business needs to remain competitive in a global economy and improve the bottom line. You must invest in systems that provide long-term solutions to managing your building system expenses while creating improved environments for optimal health and productivity of a building’s occupants. Nexos can be the backbone to a smart building, and with its tightly integrated intelligent lighting application, Nexos creates a tool that can immediately provide energy stability and a smaller carbon footprint for an immediate ROI. It’s also a smart long-term investment as Nexos’ PoE platform is designed to adapt to future iterations of new protocols and bring all data into one central cloud for optimized decision making.

For commercial operations, Igor’s Nexos allows for universal adaptability. Igor’s software demonstrates that it is possible to have an open, non-proprietary ‘plug and play’ PoE system. This creates lower upfront costs, decreased installation and retrofitting costs and ongoing savings from lowered maintenance requirements and energy usage controls.

For retrofits of existing structures, such as schools, retail buildings, offices and healthcare facilities, universal adaptability is absolutely necessary to realize the benefits of a smart building. Because interoperability is a reality, commercial customers demand universal capabilities from their PoE software system. The positive returns on investments demonstrate that PoE technology can stand on its own merits – leading to further adoption.

Solutions for Smart Office Buildings

Today’s office buildings are becoming smarter, using technology to reduce operational costs and increasing employee productivity and well-being.  Employee satisfaction is becoming a growing issue for both employee retention and business competitive success. Employees expect to be comfortable where they work, especially when it comes to lighting and temperature – two things that aren’t noticed when they are at normal levels, but become a distraction when they create an uncomfortable environment. Considerable evidence and research has proven that comfortable employees are much more productive. Evidence shows that most office workspaces are over-lit and uncomfortable.

Nexos and its tightly integrated intelligent lighting platform not only provides employees an environment where they can excel but also extracts more energy savings with techniques such as daylight harvesting. Igor’s platform is the most cost-effective and least disruptive way to bring comfort, energy savings and operational efficiencies to any office.

Igor leverages the PoE technology that is the backbone of the office lighting network to create a multi-application platform to control lighting, thermostats, sensors, and even security and access controls. This “smart office” with PoE lighting will collect sensor data, including occupancy and humidity, and mine the data to improve operational efficiencies. This integrated approach enables usage optimizations based on the occupancy data reported by the intelligent sensors. Nexos gives its users access to an open standards ecosystem that will provide a wealth of options, lower costs and significantly reduce project costs and complexity through the centralization of the many smart building applications available to office managers today.

Igor’s intelligent lighting application runs on Nexos, an open PoE platform that provides direct API access to setup, control, and react to real-time data streams from embedded sensors and analytics, delivering a simple dashboard for energy savings, space utilization, security and more. Nexos has allowed previously siloed systems the ability to speak a universal language and be monitored in one place. Now building managers and owners across the world are capturing data to maximize operational savings. By choosing Nexos, the technology is in place to integrate new amenities which can be vital to securing high-value tenants. 

The system also optimizes space utilization by identifying occupied and unoccupied spaces for energy savings, safety and security. Coupled with long-lasting and low energy LED lights, Nexos can reduce costs and maintenance by identifying high/low use areas.

Igor's Nexos is cost effective from the moment of installation to the maintenance and future adaptability. By installing Nexos, an office can adapt and change along with upcoming trends and building requirements without requiring a complete overhaul of the already-installed cabled network.  

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PoE Solutions for Apartment and Multi-Tenant Buildings

The apartment marketplace is becoming highly competitive. It is important for apartment owners to keep their spaces attractive and affordable, yet they desperately need to preserve, if not increase, their margins. It takes a lot of energy just to keep the lights on and the temperatures right. For owners/property management firms to continue providing quality space to their tenants free of unnecessary cost and hassle, energy efficiency and utility consumption management need to be a priority.

Nexos' tightly integrated intelligent PoE lighting application will make a considerable impact on building costs and building efficiencies. This integrated approach permits usage optimizations based on the occupancy data reported by the intelligent sensors. Nexos provides direct API access for setup, control and real-time data streams from embedded sensors and analytics. This delivers a simple dashboard containing information on energy savings, space utilization, security and more.

The ultimate goals with any apartment or living complex upgrade to PoE lighting systems are that the resident life can continue with minimal disruptions during the installation and that it improves the quality of life of the residents afterward. Igor’s PoE lighting system meets both requirements. Installing the system can be done in increments and is up and running immediately after configuration. In total, the PoE installation takes significantly less time than traditional electrical lighting renovations.

The end result of an Igor intelligent PoE lighting system is one that improves the bottom line for the building owners and the day to day life of its residents while setting the building up for future adaptability. Residents benefit from improved safety features, including emergency lighting capabilities, to ensure that designated areas never fall below a set lighting threshold. Additionally, using LED-compatible lights, the PoE system can control the warmth and coolness factors in a light. This is called tunable white light, and it can be programmed to the optimal level for human comfort in the areas designated for those controls. Once the intelligent lighting is up and running, building owners have the flexibility to go beyond intelligent lighting and add a variety of applications that improve tenant life should they choose to do so, all because they selected Igor's Nexos as their PoE platform. 

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Igor’s PoE technology gives power to “smart hospitals”

Hospitals and other healthcare providers are facing a massive challenge to reduce costs, increase patient satisfaction and outcomes and improve staff productivity. All the while demonstrating a higher level of environmental sustainability and improving customer care. One of the answers to this seemingly insurmountable feat lies in the PoE revolution. The unique environments within hospitals must support the needs of patients that may have limited mobility and vision. Patient rooms require specialized lighting and controls while other spaces, like operating rooms, include large equipment that can make it difficult to display light evenly and efficiently throughout the entire space.

While current LED technology meets a few of these challenges (such as reducing costs and maintenance while improving efficiency), it requires Igor’s intelligent lighting solutions to get a handle on the entire problem. Igor’s groundbreaking PoE platform provides the necessary control, visual acuity and integration with building automation systems. This empowers the institution to improve the quality of care by carefully managing the patient’s circadian rhythms, manage noise levels with low lighting, maintain comfortable temperatures depending on space and light and ensure patients feel safe.

It takes an enormous amount of energy to simply keep the lights on and maintain optimal temperatures for medical work. Igor’s platform delivers a much greater reduction in energy costs by enabling hospital management to analyze and adjust lighting according to occupancy, needs and locations. It also provides better space utilization by identifying occupied and unoccupied spaces for energy savings and determining what spaces are underutilized.

Finally, our platform increases administrative and staff productivity by optimizing lighting and temperature to create an ideal working environment. Productivity is further enhanced by Igor’s Asset Tracking application which tracks all critical medical devices and reduces redundant purchases and wasted staff hours. Does your healthcare facility have other applications that it uses to manage staff, patients, or assets? Nexos retains an open API which allows for most applications to be centralized onto its easy-to-use software interface. Meet the complex demands of healthcare today simply by choosing Nexos. 

Solutions for Education Buildings

In today’s stressful social climate, schools of all educational levels are relied on to provide classrooms and campuses that are safe, healthy, energy-efficient and provide an ideal environment for learning. They’re expected to do all this while being mandated to reduce operating costs, maintain their buildings and achieve a more sustainable carbon footprint. Nexos and its tightly integrated intelligent PoE lighting applications can address all the issues that keep administrators up at night:

  • Safety: Nexos has a tightly integrated gunshot detection system that can provide emergency lighting, first responder information, and video feeds of the location, should the worst happen at your school. Additionally, Igor’s real-time tracking of students/staff or assets in buildings provides real-time safety and security.   Some schools may be able to negotiate insurance rates with top of the line security systems. 
  • Productivity: Igor’s ability to monitor space utilization in real-time provides energy saving information and safety. It also increases student and staff productivity by optimizing light and temperature in classrooms, including color-tuning to create ideal learning environments at any point in the day. A comfortable environment supports learning achievement goals. 
  • Costs: Igor’s PoE technology lowers energy costs from lighting by adjusting light levels according to occupancy and settings. It also realizes significant HVAC savings by not heating/cooling unoccupied spaces.

Nexos provides one of the least expensive ways for a school system to make an impact on their steadily growing costs and demands for improved safety. 

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Solutions for Public Facilities

Public buildings must meet the energy efficiency requirements demanded by legislation while struggling with the poor quality options driven by the low bid process. At the same time, public lighting applications are faced with the need to reduce operating costs, like all commercial businesses. Public lighting should create spaces that are attractive to employees and the public, optimize performance by improving productivity and ensure the safety and well-being of the employees and their patrons. Effective lighting improves performance and productivity by keeping people focused and alert, providing enough light for their varied tasks. Finding a high-quality lighting solution with the low big requirements most public institutions operate in can be challenging. 

Igor has the answer.

Igor's energy efficient lighting solutions reduce energy costs by up to 80%, are easy to install and by extending lamp life, dramatically reduce costly maintenance cycles. Throughout the process, Igor supports the institutions who seek to install the Igor PoE lighting solution by working with them to help explain and share the significant ROI that the Igor solution provides within the first year of operation. Igor also works with public facilities and institutions to create a solution that works for their unique functions and meets their strict regulations on public service and safety. 

By delivering improved quality of light that lasts, Igor's intelligent PoE lighting solutions substantially lower the cost of serving the public.

Solutions for Retail Buildings

In today’s highly competitive retail world, the shopping experience is everything. An attractive total store experience will attract customers, encourage them to make more trips to a retailer's store, and give them a sense of safety and comfort which encourages customers to linger and explore. Lighting plays a vital role in differentiating retail brands and making them stand out, creating the critical first impression while showing care and responsibility about being green. Besides creating a pleasant and comfortable atmosphere that allows the customer to consider the merchandise, lighting must be as energy efficient as possible. Retailers know that effective and intelligent retail lighting can boost their bottom line while also improving their brand equity among customers who are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of the brands they support. 

Igor’s energy efficient PoE lighting solutions can deliver benefits to both the bottom line and to the shopper experience while giving a retailer the opportunity to meaningfully improve their reputation on corporate social responsibility. Igor's technology can deliver the light precisely tuned to the finest detail to showcase merchandise and also create a consistent store-wide shopping experience. This can be a complex problem: the lighting must not only highlight important details but also create a positive ambiance to reinforce all the brands in the store.

Igor’s PoE lighting solutions are appropriate for a wide range of retail lighting applications. Retailers will benefit from Igor's solutions with an immediate reduction in energy costs, granular control of their lighting environment and even the ability to create a building-wide automation solution that is ready for artificial intelligence solutions of the future. It's an investment that pays off immediately while setting up retailers for success in the future as technology continues to advance. 

Discover how Igor’s intelligent PoE lighting solutions can transform your retail environment by delivering maximum energy efficiency, as well as excellent illumination levels, giving your customers an ideal shopping experience.

Solutions for Fitness Facilities

Exercise and sports facilities need the right amount of light to ensure safety, and to support athletic activities. They also have similar needs as retail – needing to have an attractive environment with flattering lighting for customers working out. Gyms have traditionally been expensive to illuminate — primarily because they lacked the tools to match lighting needs to facility use. Today’s efficient, maintenance-free intelligent PoE LED lighting systems, are changing fitness facility lighting. Furthermore, Igor’s intelligent LEDs can save up to 90% in energy costs versus traditional recreational lighting solutions. Igor’s intelligent LEDs maintain excellent light levels and create a powerful and perfectly-spaced network.