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iDrive® Powers Ethernet-based Lighting Refurbishment of International Hub


IST’s iDrive® White Knight 36 and Thor 36 centralised LED drivers have recently been used for a full Ethernet-based lighting refurbishment of several halls within the impressive Austria Center Vienna (ACV).  The project was delivered by IST’s partner in Austria, Leman GmbH, which has over 40 years’ experience in the delivery of technical services across a wide variety of settings globally, such as event, film and TV productions, as well as the design and implementation of architectural lighting.

The ACV is one of Europe’s largest and most modern conference and exhibition centres and is used for international conferences, corporate events and concerts. Linked internally to the adjacent Vienna International Center, the campus forms part of the UNO-City, which is an imposing site located on the north bank of the River Danube housing several international organizations, including one of the United Nations 4 Headquarters. About 5,000 people work at the site, which is constantly a veritable hub of international activity.


The Problem

The ACV is vast with ceiling heights of up to 15m and thus requires a substantial number of luminaires to illuminate the space sufficiently. As such a high profile international hub, the client wanted to lead from the front and only implement the most innovative technology, offering the very best in energy savings. Installing single channel LED drivers next to luminaires high in the ceilings proved to be a massive stumbling block at the planning stage, however, with the potential of generating significant costs for installation, commissioning, not to mention the potential operational headache for future maintenance and the associated spiralling costs.

The client therefore sought an energy efficient lighting solution with impact, for which power could be supplied at a distance from the luminaires from a centralised location at ground floor level, in order to significantly simplify installation, commissioning and allow easy access for any future maintenance.


The Solution

iDrive® centralised LED drivers were absolutely ideal for the refurbishment of this highly impressive international conference centre. With each individual centralised, rack-mounted LED driver capable of powering up to 36 luminaires from a single point, the drivers could be installed at ambient temperature in a designated ground floor location, without compromising on power supplied to each luminaire. Installing LED drivers at ground-level in ambient temperature not only serves to significantly prolong the lifetime of the LED drivers, but also vastly simplifies installation, commissioning and any future maintenance required for the project.

In addition to its unique rack-mounted, centralised design, the iDrive® centralised LED driver range boasts the smoothest dimming on the market and provides totally flicker-free, healthy lighting, which is recognised as being of critical importance for the health and wellbeing of workers and people in their everyday environments.


Project Roll-out

Initially, 55 x iDrive® White Knight 36 and 14x iDrive® Thor 36 were installed in Halls A, B and C. The 4312m² space can either be configured as independent halls, or combined as one to create a huge conference hall capable of seating 4,320 people.

The 36 channel iDrive® White Knight 36 models are used to control approximately 800 x 32W downlights and 415 x 30W-40W high bay luminaires. The Thor 36 LED drivers are controlling approximately 1100m of flexible RGB tape and a further 150m of flexible white LED tape, which gives the room a really modern ambience and allows for the mood of the space to be dramatically changed using colour variations, according to the event it is hosting.

A further 6 x iDrive® White Knight 36 are installed in Hall N and 19 x iDrive® White Knight 36 have been installed in Halls D, G and K to power 442 x downlights (33W).

The iDrive® LED drivers are all controlled by DMX, ARTNET and sACN. BMS is also configured into the scheme for the emergency lighting. Dimming and colour changes can be conveniently made via iPad.

Ethernet connectivity was chosen as the control solution because the client wanted to use an IP-based control network as the large numbers of luminaires were easier to integrate and control as well as providing the client with a future-proof solution when new halls and luminaires are added to the system.

In addition the iDrive® product range supports modern Ethernet control protocols, such as streaming CAN, Art-Net 3 and Art-Osc to allow the lighting system to be controlled by the resident BMS system or temporary control systems found in touring event management.

IST’s LED drivers are designed with smart buildings in mind, to allow seamless integration of multiple IP networks to facilitate facilities management and to improve the overall user experience for employees in their everyday environments. Our unique flicker-free LED drivers ensure that everyone who works, rests or plays under luminaires powered by iDrive® will not be adversely affected by flicker found in most other LED systems.

Integrated System Technologies Ltd.
Serenity House
31 Gate Lane
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B73 5TR
+44 (0)121 362 1810

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