In equipping retail stores and office spaces with smart lighting solutions, Current, powered by GE can make these environments increasingly intelligent, by providing a flexible, open-architecture, plug-and-play hardware platform to incorporate multiple sensors from which to generate data.
It has in its hands a wide set of assets, both hardware and software, which enable it to do so.
On the hardware side, a wide range of sensors can be incorporated in the lighting installations. Currently trialled sensors include low-res thermos camera, low-res video camera, microrader, BLE beacon, CO2, noise, temperature, humidity, light level. There is no restriction on conceptually introducing new sensors into the solution.
On the software side, Current is ongoingly developing Predix applications which
- handle the sensor data collection, storage
- present the users with REST APIs to retrieve insights on the equipped environment from processed sensor data.
An example is the detection, collection and storage of vehicle movement events in roadways or parking lots, which can be retrieved via the Traffic Planning or Parking Planning APIs.
A list of all currently available APIs can be found in the Predix catalog.
The objective of this challenge is to characterize the utilization of a space by its users, so as to improve user experience and optimize occupancy.
End users can be found both in the retail sector and the enterprise office management sector. Professionals who can benefit from location insights include, for retail clients:
- Store managers and Customer Experience Managers to optimize layout, merchandising, employee interaction with customers;
- Marketing, to correlate online and in-store behaviors, create proximity and highly personalized marketing and couponing;
- CFO and CMO, monitoring the increase of conversion rates and average transaction value.
For office space management, target users include:
- Property managers, to plan the mix of meeting rooms (quantity and size);
- HR, to create better connected, more pleasant working environments and improve health and safety;
- CFO / property owners, to value space by usage and assess rent / charging justification whilst freeing up underutilised space to generate new revenue.
Current is setting up its full smart lighting solution in the newly opened Digital Foundry in Paris. A 5,000-sq-meter space, it occupies two floors, one a desk-level sitting working area, the other designed to be a social area.
By November 2016, this equipment will be used to demonstrate the impact of Current’s solution in improving user experience and energy & planning optimization, and will serve as a pilot to run experimentations and develop new insight generation, such as location analytics.
In this context, candidate teams are invited to contribute to the pilot by proposing a sensor set-up and a processing software that enable accurate occupancy and location tracking.
A minimum outcome is raw location information: the online access, typically via an API, to analytics describing the occupancy of a space and/or the trajectories of its occupants.
Further work could lead to a set-up process & client-facing Predix app that could be sold to retailers and space managers among Current’s clients as a dual hardware/software solution.
The equipment will consist of 440 light fixtures, each of which can accommodate up to 4 different types of sensor nodes, all connected to the Predix Intelligent Environment APIs. The frequency of data coming from the nodes can be adjusted, up to enabling real time.
Contributors’ propositions can be based on the existing range of sensors or introduce alternative sensors, subject to developing the APIs to surface the data accordingly. The contributions will be expected to highlight the relative and sometimes conflicting objectives of offering maximal accuracy, minimal equipment cost (individual sensor cost & overall sensor density) and optimal ratio of users detected.
Selected teams would be given access to the space, depending on the experimentation needs.
A location-analytics API providing raw occupancy information could integrate Predix as a service accessible to third parties for a price following the platform’s pricing principles.
A more advanced app, providing direct business-value insights, could integrate Current’s offerings to its clients, in which case a licensing agreement would be concluded between the app developer and GE.