2nd Annual Arab Future Cities Summit welcomes Philips as ‘Connected Lighting Partner’

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 18, 2015: Arab Future Cities Summit Dubai 2015, is delighted to welcome Philips as a ‘Connected Lighting Partner’ for this year’s edition of the summit. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, the summit will take place early next month, on 2-3 November 2015 at Sofitel The Palm Resort & Spa, Dubai. Produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade, the summit will convene senior policy makers from within the government, several thought leaders from across the globe to share their ideas and strategies that drive Dubai’s Smart City vision.

According to an industry report, it is estimated that by 2050, 66 per cent of the world’s population is expected to be residing in urban areas. Given the wave of urban growth, the concept of sustainable smart cities has gained momentum. An integral part of the smart city infrastructure is connected lighting, that enables urban spaces to be more efficient, sustainable and makes it more livable for its citizens.

Announcing the new partnership, Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “We are thrilled to announce Philips has joined the growing list of sponsors for the Arab Future Cities Summit as Connected Lighting Partner. Philips has been a pioneer in introducing cutting-edge innovative products & services that has transformed the lighting industry globally. The future of lighting has changed; they have proved that lighting is no longer just a matter of illumination.”

Philips is working with cities around the world to transform the lighting infrastructure, in order to deliver more energy efficient, and more sustainable lighting in their cities. In fact, earlier this year, in the Middle East, the company was awarded a lighting refurbishment project by Etihad-ESCO to retrofit several power plants owned by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to LED lighting.

The importance of connected lighting will be discussed by Mr. Rami Hajjar, General Manager, Philips Lighting Middle East who will be speaking at the summit on the topic ‘Philips connected lighting: Value beyond illumination’. The presentation will emphasize Philips connected lighting vision as well as current connected lighting systems available in the region. Connected lighting systems from Philips connect people to each other, to the spaces they work and live in, and to the information and services they need in a particular location.

Philips connected lighting systems are available for home and outdoor applications, integrate seamlessly with other systems and share information on occupancy, activity patterns, and daylight levels.

Rami Hajjar, said, “Philips Lighting is committed to deliver innovative lighting solutions to help meet the region’s vision of building sustainable and livable cities. By taking lighting beyond illumination, Philips connected lighting allows cities and businesses to enhance and enable the spaces they manage, to offer greater comfort, personalization, safety, productivity and efficiency to the people that use those spaces.

An example is CityTouch, our latest innovative remote lighting management system that allows cities to manage and control their lighting environment in real time with just simple click, while also monitor their energy consumption. With greater insights and control on lighting, cities can save up to 70% on their lighting energy consumption. With Philips connected lighting systems, we take lighting beyond illumination and show how our solutions contribute to building a sustainable future for cities in the Middle East.”

More information can be found on www.philips.ae/connectedlighting

The summit that supports the theme of Smart Solutions for Sustainable Cities will witness over 400 senior executives, smart city solution providers, city and government officials coming together to discuss the technologies associated with smart cities.

For more event details, please log on to www.smartcitiesdubai.com

Making the Switch to Smart Lighting

Keynote session in progress at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 12, 2015: The lighting industry has grown at an astronomical pace. CFLs have not just replaced light bulbs – it is a step more than that. The advent of technology in the lighting industry has paved the way to smart lighting. But, what do we understand by smart lighting? Simply put, it is the use of technology in lighting that enables remote controlling of lighting systems. It is a growing concept that appeals to a wide audience base; apart from home owners, many governments and private entities are also implementing smart lighting solutions.

Technology is transforming innovation at its core. It is particularly interesting to note that Internet of Things (IoT) technology has even revamped the traditional models of lighting. Using the power of technology, leading private players are not only implementing smart lighting indoors but have also undertaken key pilot projects in many towns and cities across the world to develop LED lighting of tomorrow. The deployment of intelligent lighting solutions offer unrivalled levels of flexibility and functionality making it integral to smart city development. A number of cities across the globe are exploring the link between better lighting and making the city smarter.

Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “Over the past decade, a discernible shift in the consumer mindset, coupled with global awareness on the benefits of energy efficiency has played a critical role in the mass adoption of intelligent lighting solutions. Globally, retail and hospitality are key growth segments for smart lighting that offer a tremendous growth opportunity.

Unarguably, the global smart lighting market is on an upswing. Industry reports indicate that the growth of the smart lighting market is expected to reach $56 billion by the year 2020, while the total global market for networked lighting controls will be over $5 billion. The developments in the lighting industry are manifold – from the introduction of sustainable products and solutions to improvements in street lighting, from façade lighting to indoor lighting.

Presently, Europe has the largest market for smart lighting especially in the commercial end user applications. Analysts predict that the GCC lighting industry market is on a double-digit growth, approximating the market to reach $3.5 billion by 2020. In the Middle East, the demand for intelligent lighting is strengthened by government’s adoption of smart infrastructure solutions in segments such as street-lighting. The Abu Dhabi government is implementing a sustainable lighting project that reduces power consumption by at least 60%, ensures drastic reduction in overall costs by 40% – 80% over 20 years and curbs carbon dioxide emission by 75%.

Understanding that lighting plays an integral role in today’s urban life and is not to be considered as just another functional commodity, the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015, to be held on 23-24 November, 2015 at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi will discuss the broad developments in smart technology in lighting.

For more event details, please log on to http://lightingsummit.com/

Abu Dhabi Municipality’s Sustainable Lighting Strategy At The Forefront Of The 4th Annual Middle East Smart Lighting And Energy Summit 2015

Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert, Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 3, 2015: In the Middle East, Abu Dhabi has been at the forefront in using sustainable lighting solutions. Apart from witnessing a sharp increase in power saving, it has also played an indispensable role in increasing the beauty quotient to the city. As part of the city’s lighting strategy, the Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) recently implemented its sustainable lighting project that offers multi-pronged benefits, including a drastic reduction in overall costs by 40% – 80% over 20 years, curbing carbon dioxide emission by 75% and reducing power consumption by at least 60%.

The ADM lighting strategy is spearheaded by Mr. Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, who will be in the spotlight at the 4th Annual Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015 elaborating upon Abu Dhabi Municipality’s existing and future lighting strategy.

  1. What has been the impact of the street lighting strategy undertaken by Abu Dhabi Municipality?

Dramatic in various ways! On the ground since we have implemented the strategy via statutory policy documents, all projects have been designed, approved and installed in line with the strategy’s criteria. So we have growing examples of installations being felt and experienced by the public and recorded by the municipalities and the results have exceeded expectations. Further afield we have also seen how our strategy has been adopted or adapted by many other countries in the region and this is a testament to the work undertaken by Abu Dhabi.

  1. Having attained regional and global recognition for its achievements in the field of smart and sustainable lighting, what is the future of intelligent lighting for the city of Abu Dhabi?

Well for me smart or intelligent lighting is a term best used to describe the process of correct design and specification of lighting. Get that wrong and no amount of controls or added layers can make any difference. The recognition we have received has been purely on the lighting decisions we have made for correct design, specification and application. But get this right and then added layers of benefit can indeed be achieved to meet the needs of a client. We will introduce lighting management and dimming in the future as part of the approved steps for the lighting strategy, but this will be done to meet our needs for control, asset management, maintenance and investment in coordination with our various internal departments and other stakeholders.

  1. With governments across the globe investing in smart cities infrastructure, do you think that has boosted the adoption of smart city lighting projects?

What are smart city lighting projects exactly? Find me two people in the industry that can define this phrase in the same way technically with regards to lighting and perhaps I can answer. Currently there is too much spin and confusion arising from trendy generic terms such as this and I prefer to cut through the hype and define things from a client’s perspective: What do we want, what don’t we need, is it failsafe and robust, what are the true benefits to us financially and socially, how much does it cost, when can we achieve payback? If anything doesn’t address these key issues it can’t be a very smart decision can it?

  1. Keeping Abu Dhabi Municipality as a benchmark, what measures do you think other governments need to undertake to create demand in the lighting sector?

Depends for what part of the lighting sector one wants to create demand. If governments (and/or their appointed consultants) don’t consider the qualitative, human health and long-term performance issues with lighting, than purely cost-based tendering will stimulate only those within the industry producing products to compete on output and cost alone. Of which there are plenty, and there will always be someone new with something cheaper to offer.

Many appear to have gone down this road and I am alarmed at the increasing number of press reports over awful retrofitting, with complaints regarding glare, colour and distribution issues. Governments need to balance the economic against social, environmental and performance aspects to create demand in the industry only for those companies ready and able to meet these needs with their products or consultant services. If there one key aspect of the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Lighting Strategy to benchmark it is this key message rather than focusing on the decision to implement LEDs, controls or lower lighting levels alone.

  1. What will be the focus of your session at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit?

This year brings some significant changes and additions to Abu Dhabi’s lighting standards which are leading toward the issue of revised and expanded Lighting Specifications for the Emirate. I will present the key aspects of these changes at the event. We will be pushing true sustainability and quality even further than before and demanding improved lighting design requirements for every single aspect. More assistance and standardization for this will be provided in the standards too, where it has proven to be required. There will be some dramatic changes and new requirements being announced, I can tell you now!

The Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015, in its fourth year now, has evolved into a unique collaborative knowledge-sharing platform and has set the benchmark in the lighting industry across the Middle East. Mr. Martin Valentine, Lighting expert, Abu Dhabi Municipality, will be a keynote speaker at this year’s edition of the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015 that will be held on 23-24 November 2015 at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.

To know more, visit http://lightingsummit.com/ for event details.

GE Lighting Joins Arab Future Cities Summit As ‘Smart Lighting Partner’

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 29, 2015: Expotrade, organizers of the 2nd Annual Arab Future Cities Summit Dubai 2015 is proud to announce GE Lighting as a ‘Smart Lighting Partner’ for this year’s edition of the summit. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality, the two-day summit will take place on 2-3 November 2015 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa. In its second year, the summit will witness over 400 senior executives, smart city solution providers, city and government officials coming together to discuss the technologies associated with smart cities.

Smart cities harness the converged power of technology, government and society to enable smart governance, smart living and smart environment to offer its citizens an improved quality of life. Energy, water, transportation, public health and safety are some of the key aspects to the development of a smart city ecosystem. In the Middle East, the Dubai government following its Vision 2020 is actively promoting the concept of a smart city. To meet this end, the government is undertaking initiatives across its different pillars using integrated technology. Smart lighting plays a crucial role in the city’s development plan. The government is implementing the state-of-the-art technology across all its public lighting projects that has helped in reducing power consumption and cutting maintenance cost.

Announcing the new partnership, Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “The Arab Future Cities Summit, Dubai supports the theme of Smart Solutions for Sustainable Cities. With cities accounting for over 70 percent of the world’s energy use, there is an imperative need to use LED technology and intelligent lighting solutions that will bring about a significant reduction in energy consumption. GE has been at the forefront in lighting innovation with its cutting-edge technology that has played an essential role in revamping the city’s street lighting infrastructure. GE’s reputation as an innovator in introducing sustainable solutions complements with the theme of our summit.”

Committed to developing solutions that help promote a sustainable way of life, GE has developed energy efficient intelligent street lighting solutions for cities, to meet this ambition. Further emphasizing on the partnership with the Arab Future Cities Summit Dubai, Mr. Erdem Soyal, General Manager Projects Middle East Africa and Turkey, GE Lighting, pointed out, “Arab Future Cities Summit serves as a significant platform for GE Lighting to highlight its sustainable lighting solutions and the technological advancements by the company that helps build intelligent environments for cities globally. Integrating sensors, controls, wireless transmitters and microprocessors within its LED system, GE Lighting is redefining the planning and execution of future cities with a firm focus on optimizing resource use efficiency and achieving quantum leaps in productivity by leveraging GE’s Industrial Internet platform that taps the potential of big data. As the Arab world focuses on sustainable development as a long-term strategy, GE Lighting can add significant value in future city development through its diverse portfolio of intelligent lighting solutions and advanced lighting controls.”

Mr. Hariharan, further added, “We are extremely happy to have GE Lighting as a Smart Lighting Partner and look forward to a fruitful and impactful association with them.”

For more event details, please log on to http://www.smartcitiesdubai.com/

Sensor Driven Technology Drives Intelligent Lighting Solutions

 Keynote speech in progress at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014


Keynote speech in progress at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 21, 2015: Market demand, government regulations supporting energy efficient lighting products and the advent of innovative technological solutions has revolutionized the lighting industry. Connected and smart lighting systems are now the buzzwords of this industry. The implementation of Internet of Things (IoT), lighting controls and motion detection sensors has played a key role in the adoption of advanced lighting systems and applications that has now begun to dominate the marketplace over the past few years.

The integration of technology to lighting systems has brought to the forefront wireless and smart lighting systems that provides substantial energy-saving potential and significantly enhances the environmental quotient as well. These new age lighting systems control the quality and intensity of the light, adjust the lighting and change color according to the temperature. Designed using wireless communications and embedded technologies, ultra-high frequency sensor-driven lighting network perform actuation functions effectively and is well-suited for environments that require auto-sensing such as streets and highways, petrol stations, building corridors and parking areas.

Emphasizing on the paradigm shift in lighting technology, Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “Lighting technology has come a long way; globally, the lighting systems have undergone a sea change. The trend began with manufacturers phasing out old incandescent bulbs and replacing it with LEDs that are not only more energy efficient and much brighter but also last significantly longer. In fact, some players have taken it a notch higher and introduced smartphone application that controls the lighting of your home.”

The installation of smart lighting networks helps deliver significant reductions in energy management and increases consumer safety and comfort, thereby making it a necessity implementation for home automation and smart city planning. The smart lighting market has garnered immense traction globally with Europe considered as the largest market for smart lighting systems in industrial, commercial, public and government building applications. According to a recent report from a leading industry body, the smart lighting installed worldwide is expected to grow from 46 million units in 2015 to 2.54 billion units in 2020.

He further added, “Smart light system is undoubtedly one of the key elements to building a smart city. Networked lighting systems have gained prominence; the utilization of intelligent control systems allows centralized remote management, maintenance and monitoring of the city lighting infrastructure.”

Advancements in lighting are not limited only to motion detection sensor. Leading market players are introducing lighting systems that transmit data in real-time and are equipped with new functions and technology to monitor temperature, humidity, heat and energy management.

Sensor driven lighting and the adoption of various integrated technological lighting solutions will be one of the key topics discussed at The Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015, taking place on 23-24 November, 2015 at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.

For more event details, please log on to http://lightingsummit.com/

Redefining the Beauty of Cityscapes with Architectural Lighting

Keynote speech in progress at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014

Keynote speech in progress at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 2, 2015: Driven by technological innovation, the lighting industry has undergone a massive transformation over the last decade. Penetration of LED based lighting solutions has led to the gradual disruption of the lighting market. Industry reports indicate that the worldwide lighting industry has been on an upward growth trajectory; LED based lighting is capturing a sizeable portion of the lighting market and is expected to dominate the lighting market by the year 2020.

One of the lighting segments that have been the early adopters of LED is architectural lighting. Integration of smart energy-efficient LED lighting solutions in the building’s structure has the ability to enhance a particular ambience by changing the color temperature of light. From illuminating spaces to adding a touch of beauty, different variants in LED are deployed for architectural lighting. By far, the biggest advantage LED lighting offers is RGB (red, green, blue) color controllability and flexibility.

“The lighting market is changing globally; it has evolved rapidly over the last few years.  Lighting is now considered as a vital element in the development of a city. New regulations from governments supporting sustainability coupled with greater awareness of environmental issues has been the key growth driver in the popularity of LED based lighting. It has a major advantage over other energy saving techniques. The implementation of new modern efficient lighting systems in public spaces augments the cultural identity and adds to the visual appeal of the city.” said, Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East.

Architectural innovations in the lighting segment vary from color temperature control systems to automatic dimming control systems that are used primarily in residential and outdoor environments. Globally, the adoption of innovative lighting solutions has been on an upswing, witnessing stupendous success specifically in the European and Japanese market.

In the Middle East, there has been a steady increase in demand for the application of sustainable elements in the lighting domain. Recognizing the important role lighting plays in enhancing the beauty of building facades, city municipalities have undertaking rampant measures to integrate lighting into the building architecture. The Middle East region offers immense opportunity for growth in the architectural lighting segment. The Abu Dhabi City Municipality has attained regional and global recognition for its achievements in the field of smart and sustainable lighting.

He further added, “While we have witnessed massive adoption of innovative architectural lighting solutions, we firmly believe that there is an immense opportunity for growth in the Middle East region. Rapid technological evolutions in this domain are driving the adoption of intelligent lighting solutions in both the residential and outdoor space.”

The importance of architectural lighting will be discussed at length during the 4th annual Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015, taking place on 23-24 November, 2015 at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.

For more event details, please log on to http://lightingsummit.com/

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Sustainable Smart Lighting in the Spotlight at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015

Panel discussion in progress at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014

Panel discussion in progress at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2014

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 04 June 2015 – The 4th edition of the annual Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit will be held on 23-24 November 2015 at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade, the summit has evolved into Middle East’s leading energy efficient lighting event, with over 400 lighting industry professionals expected to attend. Featuring renowned local and international speakers and panelists, the summit’s agenda includes keynote presentations, panel discussions and case studies.

This year’s edition will be attended by municipality and public works officials, lighting designers, architects, engineers, consultants, developers and public sector representatives, among others. The speakers and delegates will discuss topics ranging from latest advancements in lighting technology to different strategies adopted in smart lighting, automation, fixtures, façade lighting, street lighting, architectural lighting, indoor lighting and urban lighting.

Lighting solutions are growing increasingly important in the UAE to realize plans of improving visual appeal using sustainable methods and technology. The Abu Dhabi City Municipality has recently replaced the traditional lighting of Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Bridge with a state-of-the-art LED system, which has significantly enhanced the beauty of the landmark and contributed to a sustainable environment by reducing power consumption by more than 77%. Also of significance is the fact that the UAE lighting industry is now worth Dh1 billion with an estimated growth of 15% in 2015. Industry reports indicate energy-efficient lighting products constitute 20% of this industry and are estimated to grow at an annual growth rate of 300% in 2015.

In such a scenario, the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015 offers an ideal opportunity to learn more about the possibilities in the market and understand trends and emerging technologies in the global lighting industry. Key topics will include local municipalities’ lighting strategies and energy conservation plans; smart streetlight solutions; LED solutions; new-age lighting controls; light pollution and much more.

Speakers and panelists at this year’s edition include Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert, Abu Dhabi City Municipality; Florence Lam, Director, Global Lighting Design Leader, Arup; Dr. Martine Knoop, Lecturer at the Chair of Lighting Technology, Technische Universität; Martin Klaasen, Design Director, Klaasen Lighting Design; Faisal Ali Hassan Rashid, Director – Demand Side Management, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; Dr. Simon Hugh Miller, Product Conformity Senior Analyst, Conformity Scheme Services – Product Conformity, Abu Dhabi Quality & Conformity Council; and many more.

The 2014 edition’s success consolidated its reputation as the leading lighting event in the region, with attendees’ commenting favorably on the summit. Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, said, “It’s bigger and better than ever. I’m extremely happy to see that we have got exceptional delegates from the major stakeholders, the major specifiers, all our consultants; and have got the best of the industry supporting it.”

Simone Collon, Associate – Lighting Practice Leader Europe, Arup, said, “I think the conference is just about perfect. It’s a great mix of technical presentations and holistic, inspiring and creative presentations. And that’s exactly what was needed. I am pleased to have been able to speak here and meet a lot of people. Overall,   I think it was a great event.”

Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, organizers of the conference, said, “Energy-efficient lighting is critical for furthering global sustainability goals. It is of special importance in the UAE in particular, because of its commitment to sustainable urban development and a greener future for its cities. With the opportunities in the sector opening up, the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit is primed to be the ideal platform to discuss the latest advancements in lighting technology as well as the current and future projects in the region. It gives us great pleasure to bring such a platform to our audience.”

For details about the event, visit www.lightingsummit.com

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com