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Smart Control Technology

May 29, 2020
Video Length:  46:50
Presented By:  James Cervantes

Smart technology is developing fast and working its way into our everyday lives. From automated systems in hotels to voice control in residential homes and gardens, smart products are available at every level of integration. But first, what does it all mean – Smart Control, Home Automation, Internet of Things, the Cloud? James Cervantes from FX Luminaire will dive into the new age of connectivity and its influence on landscape lighting and outdoor living.

Webinar Contents:

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  • Intro/TOC
  • Smart Control: Why Should We Care?
  • Elements of Smart Control: Connected / IoT / Cloud
  • Smart Control Systems: Residential / Commercial
  • Landscape Lighting Control: The Future

0:00 – 5:30: Intro/TOC

5:31 – 8:25: Smart Control: Why Should We Care?

"Smart" is relevant.


Smart yard: Missed opportunities (6:28)


Is this landscape lighting? (7:20)

8:26 – 12:10: Elements of Smart Control: Connected / IoT / Cloud

What is a connected device? (8:41)

  • Electronic device with CPU and software
  • Specific application
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Z-Wave
  • Human interaction required


What is an IoT device? (9:30)

  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Devices connected to Internet
  • Analytics (Data)
  • Independent of human interaction
  • Used to make smart home


Connected device vs. IoT device (10:23)


Examples: Bluetooth tap timer (connected device) vs. Hydrawise (IoT) (11:28)

12:11 – 32:02: Smart Control Systems: Residential / Commercial

Residential smart control devices (12:11):

  • Lighting (bulbs, outlets, etc.)
  • Thermostat
  • Electronics (TVs, voice control)
  • Appliances
  • Toilets


Commercial smart control devices (12:59):

  • Lighting
  • HVAC
  • Occupancy
  • Security
  • Shades


What is "The Cloud"? (13:32)

  • Network of servers
  • Store data
  • Manage data
  • Distribute data or content
  • Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Cisco


Smart control system flow (IoT devices to cloud to software or app) (14:33)


Commercial control system (15:05)


Residential control system (17:33)


"Play well with others" (19:25)


No centralized control (20:05)


Home automation (21:08)


Landscape lighting smart control (21:58)

  • Marriage: Residential + commercial lighting control
  • Residential: Simplicity and flexibility
  • Commercial: Data and adjustments


Residential influence (23:01)

Flexibility and convenience:

  • Integrate with smart home products
  • Integrate with home automation systems
  • System-level control system


Commercial influence (23:50)

Usable data and system adjustments:

  • Integrate with complex IoT devices
  • Integrate with BMS systems via the cloud


Smart landscape control capabilities: examples (24:43)


Commercial control ecosystem (28:00)


Smart landscape considerations (29:05):

  • Security: 3rd-party audit
  • Connectivity: Reliable method
  • Dynamic: Data driven
  • Flexible: Full range of integration


Smart landscape: Benefits (31:00):

  • Expand: Product offering
  • Value: Product and brand
  • Innovative: Design

32:03 – end: Landscape Lighting Control: The Future

Capabilities of Luxor (FX Luminaire's advanced control system) (33:48)


Possibilities of connecting a lighting control system with an irrigation control system (39:50)


Question: Will the integration of future smart homes with future management systems be more at a smart control level or a control systems level? (41:25)

Answer: Probably at the control systems level. Bottom line: Whatever product you have, it will need to interact with smart home products and produce valuable data.


Recommendations for using smart or connected devices for people who are skeptical of them (42:50)

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