I was at the Lighting Conference in The Hotel Russell, London on Wednesday 17 June 2009. One of the most talked about topics was self monitoring Lighting Assets. There are several companies around that provide Street Lighting Assets with self monitoring equipment – one types uses WIMAC868 and another sends signals via the existing cable network.
Either way, Confirm (in its present form) can interact with these “alerts” in order to create an “inspection”, “defect” or “job”. The system can also send email alerts to staff to ensure that they are aware of the existence of the “signals”. Imagine, a Street Light that tells you that it is about to fail – replace expensive parts at the optimum time to maximise their life rather than bulk change (which is the prevalent “least worst” method).
If you feel that you might be interested in discussing Confirm’s little known and little talked about capabilities in the Self Monitoring Asset arena, then please post a comment, contact your Account Manager/Account Director or send me an email (email@example.com). Should Confirm be providing user configurable interfaces? Will you be spending to save? Is your focus more on reduction of crime and social engineering (e.g. turning the lights to 50% power at 10pm to signal to the younger “kids” to go home) than cost savings?