Open Technology’s smart lighting for brain research hub

8 December 2016

Open Technology has delivered intelligent lighting at the facility housing Europe’s most powerful brain scanning centre.

Clinical staff and patients at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre, or CUBRIC for short, are now benefitting from Open Technology’s LiGO smart lighting system at the Maindy Park medical facility.

The centre brings together four high-tech MRI scanners under one roof and has been called the “most significant advance in brain imaging in Europe in the last 10 years”.

One of those scanners, described as the “Hubble space telescope of neuroscience” is the first outside the United States.

CUBRIC is the biggest of its kind in Europe and one of the best equipped in the world.

Open Technology was commissioned to install its LiGO intelligent lighting system throughout the building to provide the correct light for the exacting clinical work undertaken as well as providing controllable light to promote a restful and healing environment for patients.

Working with one of the UK’s leading independent building services companies, Lorne Stewart Engineering, the LiGO system is connected to the Trend Building Energy Management System (BMS) to further reduce energy wastage.

Open Technology’s Sam Bedford, who managed and commissioned the system, said that it was fitting for Europe’s leading brain imaging centre to have intelligent lighting included in its building services.

“We have a secure remote connection to the system so we are on hand to make adjustments promptly as the staff use the building,” Mr Bedford said.

“It’s very difficult to plan for every eventuality at the building commissioning stage but LiGO’s flexibility means we can accommodate any changes without going through time consuming contractual chains of communication.”

The University’s own staff will maintain the system, and as part of its one-stop service Open Technology will provide all the tools and training to ensure university staff can manage the system self-sufficiently.