Historically, installation of lighting systems and controls was kept separate from other building systems. But this siloed approach no longer makes sense in an age of smart building technology. Building owners and facilities managers are realizing that integrating an intelligent building management system with lighting controls is a powerful way to lower energy costs and improve performance.
Jason draws on his experience in IT, lighting controls and integrated building management systems to write about commercial real estate industry trends and Buildings IOT customer success.
The story of smart building lighting systems began in the 1950s with a young physicist named Joel Spira. Fresh out of Purdue University, Spira worked at a defense contractor, where he was tasked with developing a reliable trigger for tactical nuclear warheads. His research involved a device called a thyristor, a solid-state semiconductor, which he recognized as a device that could also vary light intensity.