Siemens is technology partner to Green Space Dark Skies.
The challenge was to design and manufacture the devices that thousands of volunteer ‘Lumenators’ will hold in the chosen wild spaces around the UK as part of the festival.
The devices therefore needed to be rugged, easy to use and reliable. They also needed to enable the choreographers at Walk the Plank the ability to configure them for a variety of special effects to create the amazing, visual spectacles that are planned.
Our engineers including graduates combined the benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) and proven wireless technology already in use by the events, media and arts industries to design a system architecture and new devices suitable for mobile use in large scale, outdoor environments. Technologies used include real time location tracking, batteries and their energy storage and wireless connectivity.
We have successfully tested early prototypes outside the Siemens HQ in Manchester and the technology will be embedded within adapted hand-held lamps, manufactured by the Gloucester-based events lighting specialists, Core Lighting.