Intelligence in the Limelight

Future of Lights


Future of Lights

What would you do if you had a security solution that was always present, everywhere in your facilities, that can see through walls but never exposes individual integrity?

That can be used for evacuation scenarios and to deter intruders? What if we told you that you already have all the necessary infrastructure to make this happen and that you could decrease your electricity bill together with Securitas? What if we told you that you can do all of this with your existing light installation?

In collaboration with industry partners, we have developed a solution that uses the sensors in automated lighting solutions to also deliver security features. Today, the sensors are used to monitor the presence of people and automatically turn lights on and off to save energy. In our future, these sensors will be completely integrated into security monitoring solutions to make them even more effective and advanced.

Let’s look at a few cases that we have developed based on this technology.

Smart systems for emergencies

Automated evacuation guidance

In case of an emergency it is critical to know, in detail, if all people have evacuated from the premises or not.

Today, the most used method is to count people as they enter and then check them off as they leave. This is very basic and it is easy to forget to sign either in or out.

office windows with lights on at night

Light sensors can instead detect any individual still in a building and exactly what room they are in. Now imagine that you connect these sensors to a people flow tool and to the fire alarm system.

security officer walking in a corridor at an office

If a fire breaks out somewhere in a building, the integrated solution detects the location of the fire and all people in the building and can automatically plan the evacuation. The system can monitor if people are moving or not, it can turn on video monitoring if needed to take a better look and even use loudspeakers to give people directions during the evacuation.

The system also keeps track if there are any people left in the building and can in a very precise and efficient manner sign off when the building is completely evacuated.

Empty stairs at a train station

Seamless security experience

Deterrence through automated lights

Another feature of the connected sensors is that the lights in a building could be completely controlled from a remote location.

This means that we can, from the Securitas Operation Center (SOC), override the automated lighting control, and control exactly how the light should turn on or off. First line of defense!

Imagine a break in into an office building. The perimeter protection system detects a breach, a door has been opened, and the light sensor system can follow the movement of the intruder without even turning on the lights.

At the right time, we can control the lights to give the feeling of multiple security officers being present in the building and steer the movement of the intruder to where the security officers really are. We could of course also choose to turn on the lights immediately and use loud speakers to alarm the intruder to turn away before they even get in.

Turn on the bright lights

Guided by the lights

Imagine a facility guarded by mobile units from Securitas, i.e. security officers are not on site 24/7 but rather on a need basis.

An alarm comes in about a water leak in the basement and a security officer goes to check the situation. However, the facility is large and hard to navigate.

security officer walking in data central

Here we can use the automated light sensors to guide the security officer from our SOC towards the origin of the alarm by gradually turning on the lights where the security officer should go.

This is a way to dramatically reduce the time it takes to find the source of an alarm instead of using a map to navigate. This could of course be used for any kind of event, a break in, a malfunctioning door or an open window.

room in an office, with a sofa an a lamp in the ceiling

Individualized lighting system

Automatically access control

male security officer in an office

In future iterations of our solution, the sensors will not only detect people through presence technology but will also be able to detect different kinds of electronic signatures such as Wifi or Bluetooth. This opens a lot of opportunities for automated access control – by keeping track of employees Bluetooth identity we can e.g. light up the office for them but for no one else. In this way, we individualize the lighting system.

Smart and cost-efficient solution

The case of recycling infrastructure

What this system does, can be done in a variety of ways. However, most solutions require an installation of new hardware and sensors in buildings.

The true genius behind this solution is that it builds on top of already existing infrastructure. Building on existing infrastructures is a smart way to fast and cost-efficiently roll out security solutions.

This is the beginning of infrastructure recycling and Securitas is a frontrunner.

modern office with a lot of people working on laptops