Managing lighting systems. A lighting control app, by MakoLab

Supervise and regulate standard and emergency lighting systems
Lighting control app. Summary
The client required a web platform for managing the lighting systems in office and warehouse spaces, using dedicated networking devices in the form of Wi-Fi communication. Our engineers created and built a solution enabling industrial companies to monitor, control and manage the lighting installed in selected areas, such as shop floors, warehouses and offices. It allows users to manage lights singly or by group via a website which features a log system, graphics for work schedule planning, control over lighting times and light intensity, and a rapid lamp identification mechanism. All the functionalities developed by the MakoLab team were implemented for standard and emergency lighting configurations.
Client
Industry
Manufacturing
Service
Solution delivery
Deliverables
Web application
A new collaboration with a company specialising in the design and production of standard and emergency lighting systems.

Details

The client

The client was a company specialising in the design and production of standard and emergency lighting systems.

The challenge

The challenge was to create, build and deploy a web platform for managing lighting systems in offices and warehouses. There was a requirement for multiple functions and the use of dedicated networking devices in the form of Wi-Fi communication.

The goal

The goal was to write and develop a web lighting control application which would allow the end user to manage and control lamps via a router.

A number of functionalities were required:

  • controlling single lamps:

-      registration in, and deregistration from, the system;

-      turning lights on and off;

-      adding lamps to a group or removing them from it

-      changing the power consumption;

  • controlling groups of lamps; as above;
  • monitoring and verifying the logs from the router;
  • controlling the movement of the signals sent to the lamps;
  • controlling the lighting shown on a current plan of a building or area;
  • monitoring the work of the lamps/groups of lamps/system;
  • monitoring the power consumption of the lamps/groups of lamps/system.

Our engineers also had to develop a log system which would record all the information on the operation of the lighting in the databases. Another requirement was for the precise verification of the signals sent and received by the Wi-Fi router. This was to be achieved by analysing the operation of every command issued from the website.

The solution

The project was divided into stages:

 

·      building the library for communicating with the router;

·      implementing the commands for managing single lamps;

·      implementing the commands for managing groups of lamps;

·      creating the module responsible for the logs;

·      creating the module responsible for the work and power consumption statistics;

·      implementing the commands for managing the lamp switches (KNX and activator);

·      creating the module responsible for managing the lamps on the graphic plan.

 

The first, crucial stage of the work was to build a library for communicating with the router. Every command or functionality, which we implemented was also connected with writing unit tests and with manual tests on the real devices provided to MakoLab by the client.

The lighting control web application we developed features all the functionalities required by the client. It connects with the router. Communication is carried out via the router by sending signals containing low-level commands. In effect, what our developers did was create and enable the translation of the commands sent and received into the C# programming language.

The technologies used were Net 5, Net 6 and Vue.js 2. The environment was integrated on the basis of the Bitbucket service.

Key results

In addition to the required functionalities, users can:

  •      observe and analyse:
    - the system operations
    - the times when lighting is in use
    - the power consumption involved

  •      lamps can be controlled automatically, in line with a schedule established on the website

  •      the user can manage an unlimited number of lamps with the system