CC of Allegheny County Modernizes Occupancy, Lighting Systems Using COVID Relief Funding

The upgrades include occupancy sensing, improved LED lighting controls, and Internet of Things (IoT) platform.
Published: February 13, 2022

PITTSBURGH, Penn. — Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) announces it is modernizing buildings across its campuses with occupancy sensing, improved LED lighting control systems, and Internet of Things (IoT) platform as part of a COVID-19 mitigation initiative and infrastructure upgrade from Enlighted, a part of Building Robotics Inc., a Siemens company.

Using funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the initiative will retrofit more than 1.8 million square feet of indoor spaces with an LED lighting and controls system made up of 17,000 Enlighted IoT sensors. It will be implemented across four campuses, one center located across the city, and thirteen buildings.

The IoT sensor, located in lighting fixtures, will connect to Enlighted’s Data as a Service (DaaS) offering, Space, which will provide occupancy and utilization insights to lower energy usage and costs and make strides to further CCAC’s sustainability initiatives, according to the company .

“Our goal is to reinvent and transform our campus into the most innovative, safe and sustainable campus of the future to create new research and innovation opportunities for our faculty and students,” said Carlo Vazquez, VP and Chief Facilities Officer at CCAC. “We recognized the importance of a strategic partner in supporting our COVID mitigation efforts while meeting ambitious sustainability goals. Enlighted delivers a level of data insights and analytics, as well as platform-agnostic integration, that is unmatched in the industry. Having access to Siemens Empower and workforce development programs was also compelling as we sought the ideal partner for this critical initiative.”

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Benefits obtained by modernizing all building spaces are said to include:

  • Automated operation that will adapt based on the use of the spaces by students, faculty and staff
  • Data insights and analytics to help direct campus cleaning and sanitation efforts for high traffic areas
  • Ensuring proper ventilation of air in spaces that are occupied
  • Understanding of space usage to help achieve social distancing and meet local capacity requirements
  • Analysis of space utilization for facilities planning and reduction or new construction guidance

“We are proud to partner with CCAC in shaping a safe, healthy and energy-efficient environment for its students, faculty and the larger Pittsburgh community,” said Stefan Schwab, CEO at Enlighted. “By deploying the latest IoT sensors and lighting control technologies, CCAC will succeed in optimizing its energy infrastructure and providing a template for other higher education institutions striving to create energy-efficient, sustainable and smart campuses.”

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