Based on its recent analysis of the green lighting controls market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Lumisys with the 2008 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Industry Innovation & Advancement of the Year for its MINT™ Demand Response (DR) solution. Lumisys’ energy management solution solutions reduces costs by eliminating stand-alone lighting controls and enhancing interoperability of lighting with building automation, thereby optimizing energy savings.

According to Frost & Sullivan, Lumisys’ R&D initiatives and go-to-market strategy reflect an indisputable understanding of the needs of the building environment to optimize efficiencies. Lumisys’ lighting control solutions are based on localizing core functionalities of building automation systems (BAS) and lighting controls with respective experts and enabling an integrated systems infrastructure with a single point of accountability. This setup lowers the building owner’s infrastructure costs and enhances energy savings.

Lumisys’ MINT™ DR combines the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI), an internationally recognized standard for architectural dimming, with BACnet®, the leading standard data communication protocol for building automation, to control DALI-compliant digital ballasts within a building.

“This seamless unification of two open standard protocols enables the BAS system to address a building’s key energy management aspects, such as demand-response load shedding and daylight harvesting, to reduce wasteful energy consumption,” says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Konkana Khaund. “Open standard protocols ensure interoperability and help influence the intrinsic value of BAS for efficiency and operational performance in buildings.”

With North America’s utility grid currently reeling under increasing pressure, there is a focus on curtailing peak load. This can be achieved by having an understanding of how buildings can be better configured and implementing more innovative demand-side management strategies, such as addressing thermal storage and backup power issues.

“From this perspective the MINT™ DR solution is a time-critical integration solution for buildings, as the lighting load is by far the largest component of a building’s total energy consumption,” notes Khaund. “Besides regulating lighting load as per usage-requirement, the MINT™ DR is capable of incorporating day-light harvesting with seasonal control and monitoring.”

Such a solution is made possible by the digital ballasts of the MINT™ DR, which are designed based on a logarithmic dimming curve. This technology can naturally modulate light with little or no visible difference to the human eye.

When not engaged in demand-response, MINT™ DR can automatically adjust the electric lighting based on the available daylight. Because of this operational efficiency and low power consumption of digital dimming technology, the MINT™ DR can offer energy savings of up to 70 percent.

“As a key player in the fast-growing addressable dimming market, with a high degree of market concentration at the top end, Lumisys’ innovative solution has enabled the company to secure a niche for itself,” observes Khaund. “The company’s top line has grown over 50 percent over the last three years, and a 20-30 percent annual growth rate is expected over the next three years.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has proven to be a leader in the industry and that, through its pioneering technology, sound business strategy, and research efforts, has been successful in moving the industry forward. Excellence in the field has extended beyond its technical advancements and encompasses a comprehensive view of market participants, resulting in an ongoing improvement in the industry over time. This Award recognizes the company for its broader, more comprehensive participation in the industry and for its contributions to the advancement of the market.

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