Major EyeNut upgrade adds Emergency Test Capability and 3rd Party Sensor Integration


Harvard Engineering, world leader in the design, development and manufacture of energy saving lighting products, has launched version 1.6 of its revolutionary EyeNut wireless monitoring and management system for indoor lighting, featuring some major updates.

Version 1.6 builds on the recently announced move to cloud hosting by introducing significant new functionality, combined with an improved user interface. One of these new functions is the ability for EyeNut to interface with emergency luminaires.

With the new emergency functionality, users will be able to set up automatic scheduling of functional and duration tests via the calendar feature in the user interface. Tests then run automatically and can be scheduled when a building is empty or distributed throughout the building to ensure minimum interruption to business operations. Once tests are complete, results automatically appear in the EyeNut interface and can be exported to external systems for audit tracking.

Emergency luminaires can be enabled for auto-testing using the new EyeNut Emergency Interface Adaptor. The simple adaptor interfaces with existing DALI self-test inverters, identifying the luminaire as emergency, initiating tests and reporting results. The Emergency Interface Adaptor contains all the functionality of a regular adaptor so emergency luminaires can also be controlled in regular operation mode.

Andy Davies, business development manager for indoor controls, commented, “The new EyeNut updates represent another significant step forward in wireless lighting management, and demonstrates Harvard’s ongoing commitment to invest in this technology. I am particularly excited to announce the emergency interface since this has the potential to save users significant labour costs whilst ensuring their emergency lighting systems remain compliant with regulations.”

EyeNut version 1.6 also allows 3rd party sensor devices to be used on the wireless network, using a new feature where the EyeNut Adaptor processes their signal via volt free contact through a digital input terminal. This has the potential to further expand the already wide range of applications to which EyeNut is suited.

Other features in the new version include personalised map views to show any particular area of a building, updated energy reporting including LENI calculations, and other user interface updates based on customer feedback.

All new deployments of EyeNut from today will automatically receive version 1.6, whilst Harvard plans to rollout the new version to existing cloud-based deployments over the coming weeks.

EyeNut was launched at LuxLive in November last year. The market leading indoor lighting monitoring and management system was the winner of the Controls Innovation of the Year Award at the Lux Awards 2013.

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