Intelligent lighting prospects focus executive hiring drive

Intelligent lighting prospects focus executive hiring drive

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Based in Finland, smart lighting company Helvar has appointed Tommi Raivisto to take up a a new role within the organisation – Chief Digital Officer and Director of
Research & Development. Raivisto is charged with sparking the company’s digital transformation.

To fill the new role, Helvar has brought in an executive from outside the lighting industry who has experience in the cloud services and IoT sectors.  Raivisto brings to his role seven years’ experience in executive positions at HERE/Nokia Germany as well as a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Aalto University.

Raivisto will be responsible for Helvar’s product development and the company’s Research and Technology operations. He will be prominent in the digitalisation of
Helvar’s business, and further strengthen the development of its smart lighting which will include hardware components and products, as well as world-class software and cloud based services and applications.

"There are many new opportunities for Helvar arising from automation and IoT. In addition to smart hardware products such as drivers, user interfaces and sensors,

Helvar already delivers advanced lighting solutions with, for example, networked lighting controls, self-learning systems and mobile applications for end users,”
explained Raivisto.

Helvar’s appointment is part of a recent trend in which the IoT-inspired smart lighting technologies have seen lighting companies look outside the lighting industry towards the IT sector for exectuive recruits to drive and shape upcoming ‘connected lighting’ or ‘intelligent lighting’ initiatives.

GE recently recruited the former vice president of IBM’s Watson cloud computing services group to lead the digital drive at GE’s Current LED and energy services

GE named Jeff Gordon as Current’s chief digital officer, which is a new position.  At IBM, Gordon was responsible for launching Smarter Cities innovation programs.
Intelligent street lamps developed by Current are already gathering data in US cities such as San Diego and Jacksonville.

The combination of LEDs and analytics is putting a computer where a light bulb used to be and the ubiquitous nature of lighting is going to make intelligent lighting solutions the ideal platform for data and innovation in the commercial, industrial, and city markets. Intelligent LED street lamps are already able to see, hear and measure air quality of the surrounding environment.

Light fixtures such as the intelligent LED street lamp will be a key component of future ‘intelligent cities’.  The lamp’s cameras are able to monitor traffic and parking and the lamp’s built-in microphone will help with potential crime detection.
In lighting, GE has been piloting outdoor implementations of smart, IoT-connected lighting in San Diego and in Jacksonville, tying data into the company’s cloud-based Predix software for data analysis.  Connect believes that lighting and energy touch every corner of business and see intelligent lighting technologies becoming the nervous system for organizations.

Another hiring trend in the smart lighting sector was highlighted this week by Gothenburg-based Heliospectra AB, a global leader in intelligent LED grow light
technology, who has hired Caroline Nordahl Wells as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Heliospectra’s North American operations.

As a co-founder and former executive of LumiGrow, a horticultural lighting company, Wells was responsible for recruiting and leading a successful sales organization.  Wells has been credited with advancing the LED grow light category and accelerating market adoption of LED lighting for commercial horticultural applications.

"Heliospectra was the obvious choice for me because it uniquely fulfills the promise of LED grow lights. There’s no company out there with more knowledge of the effect of light on crop outcomes, and Heliospectra baked this know-how right into their product line. Every Heliospectra fixture installed is driving consistent crop
performance and grower profitability, and that’s exactly what the North American market has been waiting for," said Wells.

Wells will be responsible for continuing Heliospectra’s sales growth in the medicinal cannabis market, where the company made significant inroads with large commercial installations in 2015. Wells will also expand Heliospectra’s market share within the traditional commercial greenhouse grower and emerging urban agriculture and vertical farming market segments. Heliospectra doubled its US sales headcount in 2015 and will add more sales professionals in 2016 to fuel growth.

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