Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

November 12, 2016

Legrand’s ELIOT IoT Program Advances Connectivity and Intelligence in the Built EnvironmentLast week Legrand North and Central America launched ELIOT, a groundbreaking IoT program that advances connectivity and intelligence in the built environment and enhances value in the use of connected products.

Legrand is joined by partners Amazon Alexa, Samsung and Cisco in launching ELIOT, which offers a purpose-built cloud, gateways for installed legacy offerings, an array of natively-connected new products, and innovative solutions comprising connected, intelligent technologies and services.

According to John Selldorff, Chief Executive Officer of Legrand North and Central America, Legrand’s expertise in manufacturing products that are integrated with building infrastructures, coupled with its understanding of how electrical technologies are purchased, deployed and used, improves the experience with the built environment.

“There is permanence to the work of our partners in the architectural, design, engineering and IT communities, so when they wish to create a space — a home, workplace or data centre — they consider how it will be enjoyed today, and used tomorrow. They consider its impact, inside and out, on the community at large,” says Selldorff. “At Legrand, we have the technologies to facilitate better connectivity and intelligence that enable enhanced productivity, efficiency, comfort and sustainability. ELIOT aggregates these technologies and signals our intent to assure the market that Legrand will continue to advance connectivity and intelligence in the Built Environment.”

Stephen Schoffstall, Chief Marketing Officer of Legrand North and Central America, says “Legrand is built in, not simply plugged in. This distinction is critical when you consider that ELIOT is an expression of Legrand’s determination to evolve the experience of living, working and operating in buildings - and to minimize the impact those buildings will have on the environment.”

“The success of IoT requires proximity to both the people who will use IoT devices and services, and to the power and data connectivity that will enable those IoT devices and services,” Schoffstall continues. “Electrical real estate where people live and work is fundamental to the success of IoT. Legrand and our partners are optimally positioned to flip the IoT switch on electrical real-estate and transform spaces into highly connected, highly efficient and autonomous environments.”

It’s fast becoming a connected world. As of November 2016, there are over 22 million Legrand connection points already in existence. Annual sales of Legrand connected devices are over US$350M in 2015, up 34% since 2014.

Legrand is targeting double-digit average annual sales growth for connected products by 2020 and doubling the number of connected product families from 20 in 2014 to 40 in 2020.

Legrand has an existing footprint in most North American homes and buildings that includes intelligent power distribution units (PDU) and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems from its Raritan, Middle Atlantic and Racklink brands, robust wireless networking from Legrand’s Luxul brand, Wattstopper residential and commercial lighting control systems, multi-room audio from Nuvo, and Intuity home automation.

“Advanced connectivity and the application of practical but progressive smart building strategies will transform the spaces in which people live and work,” says Selldorff. “ELIOT brings us closer to a world where residential and commercial buildings will be smarter and better connected, easier to design and build, and deliver simpler yet more productive occupant experiences.”

 

Electricians Provide Assistance in TD Centre's 50th Anniversary Illumination Project

Contractors Guild, Ainsworth, Symtech, Plan and ACML donated their services to temporarily reconfigure the buildings' automated lighting systems, while a crew of staff and volunteers worked to open and close blinds on over 6,000 windows across the TD Centre's five towers to create the message "Less is more or" in 100-foot-tall lights.

A media statement called it the largest public art project of its kind undertaken anywhere in the world.

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By William (Bill) Burr

In this article: Section 56 — Optical fibre cables. Section 56 is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies to the installation of optical fibre cables in conjunction with all other electrical systems. Rule 56-002 provides a special terminology definition for an Optical Fibre Cable — a cable consisting of one or more optical fibres that transmits modulated light for the purpose of control, signalling or communications.

Rule 56-102 outlines that there are three types of optical fibre cables.



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