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Creating a new market with the help of IBM Watson IoT Platform

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A discussion with James McKenzie, CEO of PhotonStar

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting represent the largest energy costs for businesses and prime targets for suppliers of Smart Building systems. Vendors claim that understanding detailed energy usage patterns and being able to control and manage consumption based on that information will deliver results to the bottom line very quickly. PhotonStar, a leading British designer and manufacturer of intelligent lighting solutions, is using IBM’s cloud-based Watson™ IoT Platform to help deliver an affordable, integrated building management system that can be retrofitted to almost any building to reduce operational costs and increase levels of service for building owners and occupiers.

The new product, called halcyon cloudBMSTM, is based on PhotonStar’s next generation wireless lighting control system, halcyon PRO2™. With a halcyonPRO2 platform in each building and configurable cloud-based analytics, cloudBMSdelivers an extremely capable multi-site Building Management as a Service (BMaaS™) solution. The low cost of entry and monthly subscription approach enables owners of small- to medium-sized businesses to reduce energy and operating costs and realize new insights into their operations.

James McKenzie talks smart lighting

In a recent conversation, James McKenzie, PhotonStar CEO, talked about the halcyon cloudBMS system, the Watson platform, and how it helped the company expand into a new market.

“We developed our first cloud-based customer care platform in ten days. We were amazed that happened. I was expecting someone to tell me it’d take three or four months. But we got a programmer in, defined what we wanted, and were able to deliver a fully working system that hasn’t needed tweaking, rewriting or changing. We were able to do all it in ten days, and that included the Christmas holidays! … We were able to put a product like this together in a very short period of time, at very low cost because we’re leveraging a lot of IBM investment and capability that’s already in place…. Hooking up with IBM Watson IoT has opened up an area of new revenue for the company. It’s allowed us to move up the food chain – from supplying connected lighting systems to becoming a building systems integration company….We would never have dreamed of stepping out of our comfortable lighting space if there wasn’t a platform as powerful as this to build on.” – James McKenzie, CEO, PhotonStar Technology

Read the full interview and learn how PhotonStar created a new market using IBM Watson IoT Platform.

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