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The First Step to Full Building Automation Is Lighting Control

While full building automation can be daunting, lighting control is the perfect ‘first step’ to offering it.

 

September 10, 2014 – Commercial buildings across America lose millions of dollars annually when lighting is not turned off when a room or building in unoccupied or after hours. Integrators can offer commercial lighting control as an appealing option that provides substantial cost savings for companies.

 

Some studies estimate that up to 60 percent energy savings in commercial and industrial facilities can be achieved with commercial lighting controls. The cost savings and return on investment is a powerful argument — let alone the additional benefit of reducing a company’s carbon footprint and increasing its environmental responsibility. Commercial lighting controls offer powerful benefits for end users, and also are a strong “first step” for systems integrators to offer full building automation systems (BAS).

 

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Networked wireless controls – Rock stars of the enterprise IoT

Wireless controls offer an integrated solution with significant efficiencies for lighting and building operations

 

September 9, 2014 – Responsible for more than 40% of the world’s energy consumption, inefficient buildings are becoming the target of stringent government regulations, utility incentive programs, and green building certifications. As a result, they’re creating an opportunity for real change in building energy usage. High-quality solid-state lighting (SSL) luminaires are being developed for the commercial environment, and there is a growing awareness of the various benefits associated with implementing wireless controls for lighting, HVAC (thermostat), and other building controls in one integrated solution.

 

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Open Standards-Driven Solution

Email Interview: Danny Yu and Ken Sinclair

 

August 14, 2014 – True use of open standards provides interoperability between devices from different manufacturers and disparate systems, creating headroom for technology evolution, as well as well price competition among vendors.

 

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Customize Lighting Control with Wireless Flexibility

Mesh networks for devices create greater granularity with minimal disruption.

 

August 1, 2014 – Running wires: it’s expensive, invasive, and labor-intensive. The cost alone can be prohibitive to otherwise valuable projects.

 

It’s no wonder that wireless technology continues to gain popularity for applications like lighting controls, where it offers a simpler strategy for intelligent lighting management. FMs can automate dimming and shutoff without having to cut holes in the walls to install new sensors and controllers.

 

But the wireless aspect alone can’t tell the whole savings story. Devices that can form a mesh network – a self-healing web that allows all components to communicate with each other and relay messages – add a new layer of ease to installation and operation..

 

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California’s New Building Code: A Grid-Smart Thermostat in Every Facility

Mandated OpenADR enabled thermostats, lights, and buildings create new opportunities.

 

April 3, 2014 – Are building codes the secret to connecting the smart consumer with the smart grid? California will test that proposition this summer, when it starts requiring every new or retrofit thermostat, HVAC system, networked lighting controller and building automation system in the state to come ready for two-way, automated utility-to-customer energy management. Now the question is whether the state’s utilities and regulators will develop the markets that are needed to tap that new grid resource.

 

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The business business

Lighting that suits the task you’re employed to do, that changes with your individual requirement throughout the day, and theat you control – really?

 

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Revolution | Our survey says…

July 2014 – The LED revolution has happened, but are we embracing this fantastic new technology, and making the best possible use of it for the benefit of all, or is it being squandered in the race to make a fast buck? TL asks the industry to decide…

 

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Open Standards Ease the Way for Smart Buildings

The open standard allows the manager to have bargaining power and the ability to mix and match their preferred fixtures with the wireless control network that meets their needs.

 

July, 2014 – Organizations are increasingly realizing that energy and sustainability initiatives are integrated with a building’s performance. It’s estimated that buildings currently consume 41% of all energy worldwide and produce 21% of the world’s carbon emissions. Moreover, energy consumption represents 32% of an individual building’s total lifecycle cost.

 

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It’s 2 a.m. Do You Know How Much Energy You’re Wasting?

 

June 18, 2014 – Did you know that by using simple software and wireless technology, you can save 70 percent or more in building energy costs and eliminate millions of metric tons in carbon emissions? While there continues to be much discussion around ways to leverage alternative energy sources (such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric) we might not need them if we can truly focus on saving energy first.

 

A bold claim? Not according to noted author, lecturer and social critic James Howard Kunstler: “We’re not going to be rescued by alternative fuels. No amount or combination of alternative fuels is going to allow us to continue running what we’re running the way we’re running it.” In other words, it’s not enough to keep looking for alternative sources if we aren’t going to focus on what we can do that’s right in front of us — and that is to simply use less energy.

 

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Daintree Honored for Smart Building and Energy Management Solutions

Company’s Capabilities Include Control of HVAC, Lighting, Plug Load, and More

 

June 12, 2014 – LOS ALTOS, Calif. — Daintree Networks Inc., a provider of open, networked wireless solutions for smart building control and energy management, was selected as one of the Red Herring Top 100 North America Award winners, a list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from North America. The winners were announced at a special awards ceremony.

 

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With decreasing prices and increasing efficiency, are LEDs finally poised to gain universal acceptance?

 

June 10, 2014 – For lighting applications, I believe LEDs are poised to gain universal acceptance. The industry continues to make strides by reducing costs and increasing energy efficiency. The digital capability of solid-state lighting allows for better quality of light to create the environments that we want for our homes and businesses, along with achieving greater energy savings over traditional lighting. However for universal acceptance, not only do the price points need to continue to decrease, but we must add value. LEDs are inherently energy efficient and even if prices weren’t decreasing, it would still be a worthwhile investment because of the payback and operational efficiencies. But by adding lighting control into the mix, it allows for a whole new level of energy efficiency gains. The one-two punch for energy savings is the addition of control, not only to manage the LED lights, but to expand the control and manage the rest of a building’s energy needs, such as thermostats/HVAC and electrical plug loads.

 

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Networked Wireless and Open Standards

The One-Two Punch for Smart Buildings

 

June 2014 – The reduction in energy usage has quickly become a top priority for owners of commercial and industrial buildings, governments, utilities, and others to help save money. This is also due to the various government entities that are increasingly requiring compliance with standards related to energy management and usage reduction. Examples include ASHRAE 90.1 and California’s 2013 Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards – a new, more stringent implementation set to go into effect July 1, 2014.

 

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Daintree Spreads Its Wings

 

May 28, 2014 – Daintree Networks got its start in lighting controls (first attached and then embedded), and now it is moving beyond lighting to control more services in the enterprise.

 

We have been following Daintree for more than a year. Now the company is emerging as a leader in the movement I mentioned in the Lightfair preview a couple of weeks back: broadening beyond lighting controls to address the larger problems of building-level devices and systems. Remotely controlling thermostats, fans, air conditioning, and things that can be plugged into sockets (“plug loads”) seems a lot like how the Internet of Things is often described. Indeed, Daintree refers to this broader cope of control as the Enterprise Internet of Things.

 

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LG Electronics and Daintree deliver first intelligent lighting and building project

 

May 28, 2014 – LG Electronics and Daintree Networks have announced that the new National Bank of Arizona branch office in Prescott, AZ will be the first facility to utilize the partners’ intelligent-lighting and -building technologies. Due for completion in June, the bank branch will include LG Electronics ZigBee-enabled LED troffer fixtures, LG’s efficiency-oriented variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC system, and Daintree’s ControlScope software platform that the company initially designed to manage intelligent lighting systems and has since expanded to manage all smart building systems.

 

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The Internet
of Things

Is Energy Conservation the Next California Gold Rush?

 

April 20, 2014 – Nothing epitomizes California more than a gold rush, which in the twentieth century took the form of the personal computer, then the smartphone, and most recently the social networking made possible by these devices. For some time, venture capitalists have been betting on energy as the yet another “rush.” While many investors have concentrated on finding new sources of old energy—crude from shale, natural gas, and various forms of renewables, others have been betting on the other side of the energy equation: conservation.

 

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Lighting controls to increase building efficiency

 

April 3, 2014 – Utilizing lighting controls can have a number of benefits for both occupants and building owners, such as increasing employee productivity and reducing costs and preventing repairs. Mandeep Khera of Daintree Networks explains how building owners and property managers can use lighting control systems to reduce energy costs and increase building efficiency.

 

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California’s New Building Code: A Grid-Smart Thermostat in Every Facility

Mandated OpenADR enabled thermostats, lights, and buildings create new opportunities.

 

April 3, 2014 – Are building codes the secret to connecting the smart consumer with the smart grid? California will test that proposition this summer, when it starts requiring every new or retrofit thermostat, HVAC system, networked lighting controller and building automation system in the state to come ready for two-way, automated utility-to-customer energy management. Now the question is whether the state’s utilities and regulators will develop the markets that are needed to tap that new grid resource.

 

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The Case for Standards-Based Lighting Controls

 

March 27, 2014 – The electronics firm LG is entering the commercial lighting market with ZigBee-equipped LED fixtures in partnership with Daintree, the standards-based control company. The two companies announced that LG will build ZigBee (IEEE 802.15.4) controllers into the drivers in its newly introduced commercial LED-based lighting solutions, which will be able to speak out of the box to Daintree’s ControlScope management platform.

 

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LEDs Magazine: Daintree and LG Electronics partner on LED lighting and controls

 

March 25, 2014 – LG Electronics and Daintree Networks have announced a partnership intended to spur deployment of wirelessly-connected commercial lighting systems that are integrated with building- and energy-management systems. The partners have integrated support for the ZigBee wireless network directly into the LG drivers that will be used in the recessed-troffer solid-state lighting (SSL) fixtures. The Daintree ControlScope management platform will be able to control the LG fixtures and also link the lighting system to building-management systems and/or to the evolving smart grid.

 

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The Wireless, Networked LED Goes Standard

Do Daintree and LG’s ZigBee-networked LEDs signal a break in the proprietary smart lighting landscape?

 

March 25, 2014 – Smart, networked lighting may the next big market for building energy efficiency and automation technology. But to date, that market has been a battleground of proprietary technologies: different networks, linking up different lighting systems, in a landscape that leaves little room for future mix-and-match interoperability.

 

That’s what makes the new partnership between lighting networking startup Daintree Networks and LED maker LG Electronics USA a noteworthy one. On Tuesday, the two companies announced they’ve teamed up to sell LG’s LED lighting fixtures that run on Daintree’s smart lighting control platform. It’s not the first such combination of networking smarts embedded in LED lights. But it’s one of the first that comes in a standards-based flavor.

 

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Daintree Networks Sees Wide-Open Future: 2X Growth In 2013 Points To Success Of Company’s Open Standards Strategy In Building Energy Management

LOS ALTOS, Calif., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Daintree Networks, Inc., a leading provider of networked wireless control solutions for smart buildings, today announced that the company experienced dramatic 2X revenue growth from 2012 to 2013. Led by a team of industry veterans, including newly appointed Vice President of Marketing and Channels Mandeep Khera, the company has racked up a string of notable successes as it seeks to lead the industry toward a new era of simplified building energy management.

 

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Chicago-area corporate headquarters features a host of cutting-edge control systems

January/February 2014 – Anixter’s Eco-Conscious Annex features top-of-the-line sustainable elements, including a Daintree wireless control lighting system that is tied in with the building automation system. The lighting system will save Anixter up to 70 percent on costs.

 

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Why LED Retrofits Are The ‘Trojan Horse’ Of The Internet of Things

December 26, 2013 – One of the most compelling data points I’ve come across in my usual year-end deluge is this one from Navigant Research: over the next seven years, annual sales for occupancy sensors, photosensors and lighting network gear related to LED lighting applications will grow from $1.1 billion in 2013 to $2.7 billion by 2020. Certainly, that’s an appreciable growth rate, but if you think about the foundation that those sensors will create not just for more efficient commercial lighting but for many other “smart” applications, things get even more exciting.

 

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Daintree Networks Selected by Greentech Media as one of the “20 Companies to Watch in Intelligent Efficiency”

May 11, 2013 – Daintree Networks was featured in Greentech Media’s special report “Intelligent Efficiency: Innovations Reshaping the Energy Efficiency Market”. The report focuses on information-driven energy efficiency solutions that empower consumers and businesses to turn energy from a cost into an asset. Daintree is the only controls company named in the report for pioneering intelligent control of both lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), the two largest energy loads in commercial and industrial buildings.

 

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Daintree, Marvell outs LED driver for smart lighting

17 Apr 2013 – Daintree Networks Inc. and Marvell Semiconductor Inc. have collaborated to offer open-standard ZigBee wireless capability integrated into smart lighting products. The team up is focused initially on using Marvell semiconductor products to enable integrated wireless LED drivers that allow LED fixtures to interoperate with Daintree’s open-standard ControlScope solution, stated the firms.

 

Fixture manufacturers using integrated open-standard wireless LED drivers will gain access to expanding revenue opportunities in commercial and industrial wireless lighting.

 

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Daintree Networks Selected as a Recipient of the Building Operating Management 2013 Top Products Award

November 28th, 2012 – Daintree’s product release for ControlScope 2.0 will be featured in the January issue of Building Operating Management as a Top Products Award Winner.

 

The Top Products Awards, which are 100% reader-selected, recognize the most popular manufacturers and suppliers of the year, as determined by building and facility executives who participated in a national survey.

 

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Daintree Lands Sylvania as Partner for ZigBee-Networked Lighting

April 10, 2012 – Sylvania Lighting Services and Daintree Networks connect smart lighting across 320,000 square feet of commercial space, and promise more to come. Big partners make a difference.

 

Networked lighting startup Daintree Networks just got a big partner to push its technology into the market. That’s Sylvania Lighting Services, the installation affiliate of lighting giant Osram Sylvania, which announced Tuesday that it will “design, install, commission and support” Daintree’s technology in its projects, starting with a whopping 320,000-square-foot deployment for a first, unnamed, customer.

 

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LEDs Magazine: ZigBee standards are ready to support lighting-control applications

The ZigBee building- and home-automation standards support lighting, and lighting manufacturers should move quickly to support the wireless network, says Maury Wright.

 

March 26th, 2012 – Maury Wright from LEDs has examined the wireless protocols on the market, and finds ZigBee (in its open, standard form) to be the most compelling choice for development of open lighting networks.

 

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Interview with Daintree CEO on KLIV Radio

March 20th, 2012 – Danny Yu, CEO of Daintree Networks, was featured on KLIV’s CEO Show, hosted by Steve Wright of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

 

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Daintree Networks Wins Energy Saving Grant

February 21st, 2012 – The Victorian Coalition Government has awarded a $250,000 grant to Daintree Networks for their ControlScope lighting control system. The funding is being provided under the Victorian Government’s Energy Technology Innovation Strategy (ETIS).

 

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Daintree Networks Joins SMUD for Advanced Utility Incentive

February 1st, 2012 – SMUD incentives promote money-saving lighting control systems.

 

SMUD (the Sacramento utility) has created a new program focused on providing substantial incentives for companies that install advanced lighting controls systems. Daintree Networks is excited to be one of the pre-qualified vendors, and to be working with SMUD on this incentive.

 

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Triple Pundit: Lighting – The Next Great Software Industry”

November 21st, 2011 – Find out why Danny Yu, Daintree Networks’ CEO, thinks that lighting just may be the next great software industry in this article published on Triple Pundit.

 

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Forbes: The Next Bright Idea: Software For Lighting

October 25th, 2011 – Daintree CEO, Danny Yu, writes a guest post for Forbes where he talks about the emerging and evolving role of software in intelligent lighting and the impact it’s having on the lighting industry.

 

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CNET: In green tech, debate over singles vs home runs

September 28, 2011 – Daintree CEO, Danny Yu, is quoted in CNET’s article over the debate inside green technology investment;
“We’re taking one of the last industries–buildings–which hasn’t seen technology disruption and we’re applying Silicon Valley concepts to it,” he said. “Going after an underserved market allows a start-up to lead the industry.”

 

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ZigBee Alliance Completes ZigBee Building Automation Standard

September 27, 2011 – Congratulations to our friends and partners in the ZigBee Alliance on the completion of the ZigBee Building Automation (ZBA) standard. ZBA is a major step forward towards standardizing wireless networks within commercial and industrial buildings. To learn more about ZBA, visit the ZigBee Alliance web site.

 

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Daintree Networks’ Danny Yu on wireless lighting to save energy

August 25, 2011 – The San Francisco Examiner‘s Alexis Terrazas talks to Daintree Networks’ Danny Yu about energy management in office spaces and commercial buildings in this “three-minute interview”.

 

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GigaOm: What Lighting Controls Need to Grow Up – Standards

August 12, 2011 – In an article published on GigaOm, Daintree Networks’ CEO Danny Yu explains why the lighting controls industry needs standards to realize its full potential.

 

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Triple Pundit: Video Interview with Danny Yu

July 26, 2011 – Connie Kwan of Triple Pundit speaks with Danny Yu, CEO of Daintree Networks, about why Daintree is particularly well suited to address lighting controls in the retrofit and renovation market, as well as what makes Daintree unique in the space.

 

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tED: Networks Are Going Wireless

July 19, 2011 – According to Dan Carazo, wireless is making inroads in the lighting control segment. Daintree’s Director of Solutions Marketing, Josh Slobin, is quoted. Read the article, starting on page 92, in the July issue of tED.

 

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ZDNet: Daintree to Commercial Lighting – Control Yourself

June 22, 2011 – ZDNet’s Heather Clancy covers Daintree’s release of ControlScope 2.0. “Intelligent lighting controls company Daintree Networks has updated its wireless lighting control platform, ControlScope, with particular attention to the management features and user interface.”

 

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RealcommEDGE: Bringing Efficient, Intelligent Lighting to Buildings Through Wireless Control

April 29, 2011 – Daintree Networks’ Josh Slobin authors this article in the latest issue of RealcommEDGE, covering concepts and best practices for using wireless networking to achieve advanced lighting control and energy savings. See Page 16-17 of the digital edition for the full article.

 

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