Zumtobel Group‘s patent involves a driver for emergency lighting with a test switch that activates a commissioning mode based on a specific operation pattern. This mode allows for input of location data for the emergency lighting, enhancing efficiency and organization in emergency situations. GlobalData’s report on Zumtobel Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Commissioning mode driver for emergency lighting with test switch

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Zumtobel Group AG

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11901763B2) discloses a driver for emergency lighting means that includes output terminals for supplying emergency lighting and a test switch to initiate a test routine controlled by a controller. The driver can be set to a commissioning mode instead of the test routine if the test switch is activated according to a specific operation pattern. In the commissioning mode, the driver can receive commissioning data related to the location of the emergency lighting means or their assignment to a group of lighting means. The driver also features a visual status indicator that is active during the test routine and signals when the driver is in the commissioning mode.

Furthermore, the patent describes a method for commissioning the driver, involving setting the driver to the commissioning mode by activating the test switch according to a predefined pattern, inputting commissioning data, and visually signaling the status using the visual status indicator. The method also includes forwarding commissioning information to a central unit via a communication interface of the driver. This patent also covers an emergency lighting system comprising multiple drivers forming a mesh network and capable of forwarding commissioning information to a central unit, such as a cloud storage, through the mesh network. Overall, the patent aims to streamline the commissioning process for emergency lighting systems by introducing a systematic approach and efficient communication between the drivers and a central unit.

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