BPA releases LRC report on pilot tests of LED lighting and adaptive controls

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has announced the release of a report on pilot tests of dimmable LED luminaires and adaptive controls in an actual office environment. The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a US Department of Energy (DOE) agency that operates the Federal Columbia River Power System, commissioned the research and released the full report on its website. The researchers found that the connected lighting systems were difficult to commission and also at times frustrating for… Read this article

STORES Trends: August 2016

Cashing is on Pokémon GO. The new mobile augmented reality game from Niantic Labs and The Pokemon Company has transformed kids,teens and adults into Pokémon GO "trainers" in search of the iconic creatures.   Pokémon GO uses a smartphone’s GPS and camera, along with augmented reality, to turn the real world into an expansive hunting ground. A new lexicon has even emerged to accompany the game’s success: Local attractions and businesses are turned into Pokémon Gyms; PokéStops are places where… Read this article

Quick Service Restaurants

The fast food industry is projected to grow only about 2 percent annually over the next five years, according to IBIS World. A major challenge is presenting menu offerings for price-sensitive diners who want healthy options. Price competition was evident in the fast food world last year, with promotions that offered consumers menu items at $1 each if bought in combinations of, say, two for $2. “It’s price wars,” says Warren Solochek, head of NPD Group’s food service practice. “If… Read this article