Energy Efficiency, Smart Grid

Qualcomm pairs with GE smart grid unit on San Diego Smart Campus

The Qualcomm Smart Campus in San Diego is upping its IQ with the addition of smart, digital sensing technology from Current, powered by GE.

GE and Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., today announced that Current’s sensors, microservices and intelligent LED infrastructure will help drive more energy efficiency, operational savings for Qualcomm’s Smart Campus, all while extending the company’s existing intelligent environments showcase for visiting customers.

As part of the deployment, Current’s sensors will detect and analyze building occupancy levels to help control lighting and HVAC in real time, with the goal of driving down energy costs in the locations where they are used. Air-quality sensors for temperature, humidity and CO2 will work in concert with ventilation systems to enable optimal temperature and environmental conditions based on building occupancy, with the goal of enhancing the comfort and productivity of occupants.

To support Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions’ efforts to gain more intelligence and further increase efficiencies on its Smart Campus, edge intelligence gateways powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors will support the collection of critical data, while normalizing and filtering for various sensors in real time. These edge intelligence gateways will also promote seamless communications between various enterprise assets such as lighting, water, energy and HVAC.

As an additional activation, the project puts to work the technology integration between Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and Current, where Qualcomm Technologies’ Visible Light Communication (VLC) indoor positioning technology, Qualcomm Lumicast, pairs with Current’s LED infrastructure. LED light fixtures can be used to send VLC signals to a customer’s smartphone, and Lumicast can determine their location with centimeter-level accuracy.

Current’s microservices will also arm Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions with actionable data to use in other applications over time, such as detecting unoccupied conference rooms or meeting areas to give employees immediate insights into which meeting rooms are available.

The installation will connect Qualcomm Intelligent Solutions’ edge intelligence gateways powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors to GE’s Predix cloud, and makes the data pulled actionable, predictive and prescriptive.