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Join the Lighting Industry Academy as we look into lighting

The Lighting Industry Academy ‘popped up’ at Lux Live this year. Here the LIA delivered an educational programme, where delegates gained a greater understanding of the key aspects of the lighting industry.

We held two mornings of educational sessions, targeted at the Lux Live audience. The sessions helped provide the right level of understanding to support the choosing and using of the fantastic lighting products on show at the exhibition.

Due to its success and demand from the industry, the LIA are re-running the sessions for one day only.

So do you want to know what you should consider when evaluating and comparing lighting products?

Do you know how and where to use lighting products to get the best from them?

Want to learn more? Then join us at the Lighting Industry Academy in Telford on 31st January 2018, from 10 am to 1:30 pm.

As the lighting industry changes, how we learn about it needs to change too. Lighting education had been lacking for too long and was certainly not strong enough to support the skills needed for a fast moving and evolving lighting industry.

2016 saw the LIA take on this challenge and the Lighting Industry Academy opened its doors in the September of that year. It’s been a great first year and the LIA were delighted to be invited to bring the Academy to Lux Live.

What people had to say about the LIA Lighting Academy at Lux Live:-

“I did enjoy your LIA Lighting Academy on 15 November at Excel it was very informative and mind blowing, excellent speakers and brilliant content”.

“Academy sessions were very impressive and professional”

“I have to say it was a really worthwhile morning.   The knowledge passed on was great and the speakers were really good”

Cost LIA Member and Non-Member - £25+VAT, includes buffet lunch.


 

Priva UK comments on the Industrial Strategy: What are the implications for BEMS manufacturers?

It’s been a little while since the Industrial Strategy was released by the Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark MP. Gavin Holvey, UK and Ireland Sales Manager at Priva UK comments on the investment and policy details set out by the Government, and warns against losing impetus in the drive to a lower carbon, energy efficient future.

The last couple of months have seen the release of major ‘clean’, low carbon and efficiency policy announcements; with the Clean Growth Strategy in October, the Chancellor’s Budget and finally the Industrial Strategy, announced by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in November.

Mr. Holvey said, “It is crucial that world-leading innovators within the clean energy, energy efficiency and energy management space can continue to expand and develop technology, secure in the understanding of guaranteed investment and political support from government and Parliament.

“Embedded as we are within the energy sector we have intimate knowledge and experience of the influence of government policies across our customers’ businesses. We are particularly looking forward to seeing the impact that proposed government policies and investments have, such as the support for business and industry investment in R&D the government’s direct £725m investment in Challenge Fund programmes and the commitment to education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) subjects. However, we are unlikely to see return on these immediately.

“In the short term, we need to see more action on the Paris 2015 targets to lower carbon emissions and move towards cleaner growth. According to the Industrial Strategy statement, by one estimate[1], the UK’s clean economy could grow at four times the rate of GDP.

“We will be monitoring the government’s action focused on growing the AI and data-driven economy. The Secretary of State stated that according, to a recent study[2] digital technologies, including AI, created a net total of 80,000 new jobs annually across a population similar to the UK. A separate study estimates[3] that AI could add £232bn to the UK economy by 2030.

Gavin Holvey concluded, “We hope that this presages a whole system approach, incorporating the Government investment and policies outlined above; harnessed with the potential of AI and the Transforming Construction programme; taking advantage of new techniques and existing technologies to build safer, healthier and more energy efficient places to live and work.”

Sources:

[1] Ricardo Energy and Environment for the Committee on Climate Change (2017) ‘UK business opportunities of moving to a low carbon economy’ https://www.theccc.org.uk/ wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ED10039-CCC-UKBus-Opportunities-Draft-Final-Report-V7.pdf

[2] Mckinsey (2017), ‘Shaping the future of work in Europe’s 9 digital front-runner countries’ https://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/ europe/shaping-the-future-of-work-in-europes-nine-digital-front-runner-countries

[3] PwC (2017), ‘Sizing the prize, PwC’s Global Artificial Intelligence Study: Exploiting the AI Revolution’ https://www.pwc.com/ gx/en/issues/data-and-analytics/publications/artificial-intelligence-study.html


 

Foyleside shopping centre using SmartTask to ensure visitor safety through high quality FM service delivery

Foyleside Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination in the North West of Ireland, has adopted workforce management tool SmartTask to ensure high levels of public safety and meet its duty of care commitments. Derry-based PWP Complete Maintenance has rolled out the advanced software solution to monitor onsite cleaning, maintenance, security and car park teams, while enabling staff members to quickly report any spills, hazards or other safety concerns at the retail development.

SmartTask has replaced a previous system that was no longer meeting the needs of Foyleside Shopping Centre and PWP Complete Maintenance in terms of reliability and accuracy. Following a successful trial period, the cloud-based SmartTask was selected as the preferred workforce management option. This was based on its ability provide complete visibility of all FM activity in internal and external public areas, as well as peace of mind that any safety issues are being resolved in a fast and efficient manner.

Cleaners, engineers, security officers and car park staff are now using SmartTask-enabled mobile devices to scan more than 700 RFID tags located around the shopping centre when work has been completed or checks undertaken. In addition, SmartForm functionality allows employees to quickly complete and submit electronic forms, including photographic evidence, to report any problems. PWP Complete Maintenance’s onsite control room uses SmartTask to monitor all activity, ensuring that contracted levels of service are achieved and any raised alerts are responded to.

Emmett Page at PWP Complete Maintenance commented: “We needed a workforce management solution that guaranteed high levels of reliability to avoid any issues with data loss. If we are unable prove that work took place or actions were taken to resolve a safety issue, it potentially increases liability in the event of an accident. Foyleside Shopping Centre is committed to protecting all visitors, so it’s a priority that the retail site is managed in the most responsible way possible. SmartTask has given us the added visibility and control we needed.”

Paul Ridden, CEO of SmartTask said: “An increasing number of security, cleaning and FM operations are using our proven software solution to performance manage staff, improve employee accountability and enhance incident reporting. This is helping them to achieve reliable, efficient and high quality service delivery through improved communications, increased management control and added transparency.”


 
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