USIlluminations recently installed an emergency lockdown and evacuation notification system that could lessen or even prevent future tragedies. Every second matters when it comes to securing a building in a potentially tragic situation.
The emergency lockdown and evacuation system features a wireless paging controller, that when pressed, 911 dispatchers are automatically notified. Important personnel can also be notified directly. An automated message can be broadcast over a public address system throughout the building for everyone to follow lockdown procedures or silent visual alerts can be displayed on video boards. Continue reading →
The Business Academy Bexley, a public school in London, has been upgraded with 8point3 LED lighting and Lutron adaptive wireless controls. The school reduced its lighting energy costs by 60%, which resulted in an annual savings of EUR 25,000 ($34,860). A seven-year financing scheme allowed zero upfront cost for the project.
Using 8point3 LED fixtures and Lutron’s controllers, sensors, and drivers, the artificial light in the Academy is automatically balanced against the natural light streaming through the windows. (Photo courtesy of 8point3 LED)
On the fringes of Islamabad, Pakistan, live thousands of migratory families that struggle to survive each and every day. These families fight so hard to make a living that many of their children are denied a basic education, which continues the cycle of poverty for generations. The non-profit organization JAQ Education Trust exists to stop this sad cycle and provide these kids with opportunities to improve their own lives and hopefully break the cycle once and for all. Their informal schools, known as Pelhi Kiran or “The First Ray of Light,” bring school to them in a way that fits into their unusual lifestyle. The schools are open when the children can attend around their work and family duties, and they even relocate when the community does.
Solar-powered LED lights like the lantern in this picture are helping poor Pakistani children stay in school. The lights are awarded through an initiative known as “first ray of light,” started in 2003. It has helped 1,450 poor families so far.