Encelium introduces Polaris 3D™ – it’s next generation of lighting control software
for the Energy Control System. Polaris 3D is used to commission, configure, and
manage the Encelium ECS system and also stores system data to enable various reporting
features through the Encelium energy reporting module. It enables configuration
of every system parameter in a building (or campus of buildings) for each individual
user or space.
Polaris 3D is a web based application that features an industry first three dimensional
view of a building or complex. Facility managers are now able to navigate through
an entire facility in a single three dimensional multi-floor view allowing for faster
and easier navigation. Users will no longer need to navigate through a tree architecture
to get to their desired control zone and will be able to see their entire facility
in a convenient 3D “snapshot”.
Polaris 3D provides the ability to manually change light levels anywhere in a complex,
modify default light levels, select or modify pre-defined lighting scenes, manually
turn lights on or off in a zone and to set lighting time schedules. Advanced system
features such as creation of zone hierarchies, overlapping and support zone definitions,
user access rights, timeout settings for occupancy sensors, calibration of light
levels for daylight harvesting and the setting of multiple configured time schedule
profiles are controlled through Polaris 3D.
Polaris 3D also features a mapping interface which enables convenient “drag and
drop” mapping (addressing) of all hardware devices connected to the system such
as light fixtures, sensors, relays or lighting controllers. Mapping links the physical
location of a device to a defined zone and associated lighting functionality. No
pre-assigned addresses are therefore required upon installation of hardware devices
making for simple specification and mistake free installation. Changes in the association
of a device (such as a sensor or lighting controller) to a grouping of fixtures
or zone is done via a simple software setting rather than physical rewiring. In
the event of a building reconfiguration or renovation, updated floor plans are easily
imported from AutoCAD.
Polaris 3D can run on any PC connected to the local area network (LAN) thus permitting
multiple levels of access for users such as building security or facility managers.
Polaris 3D uses Microsoft’s Silverlight technology providing for an enhanced user
experience and allowing access to the system from a simple web browser. This eliminates
the need for installation of software resulting in faster set up and start times,
fewer IT security issues and easier integration with other web based building control
Energy Reporting Module
The Encelium Energy Reporting Module is an extremely powerful software tool that
reports on energy consumption and demand in a wide menu of formats.
- The software enables a customer to review and compare energy savings against a baseline
by providing analytical reports with charting capabilities. Essentially the
customer sets the baseline and the software takes over from there.
- The customer may opt for reports on an entire space (building) or subdivisions thereof
and view energy savings by zone (down to the individual fixture if desired) or individual
light management strategy deployed (Task tuning, load shedding, personal control,
daylight harvesting and occupancy sensing).
- Reports may be generated and displayed in several convenient formats as required
by the customer such as bar charts, pie charts or line graphs.
- Savings may be expressed as dollars saved, kilowatts saved or as a percentage saving
over the baseline values.
- The software allows the customer to manipulate the data by both zone and time periods
allowing load shedding thresholds to be set accurately. Occupancy sensor efficiency
may also be assessed in areas where that strategy is deployed.
On system commissioning, the system is set up to deliver report(s) in the format
desired by the user. If changes are required from the initial format(s) specified
by the customer, the system administrator will be able to modify report content
parameters and presentation format.
Personal Controller Software (PCS)
Personal Control Software (PCS) is a lighting control software application that
enables individuals to control lighting levels in their workspace from their own
desktop PC. The user easily accesses PCS by clicking on a light bulb icon appearing
in the system tray found on the lower right hand side of their PC screen. With this
application, the user can control the light level of each fixture in their workspace
or can control all of the fixtures together as a group. Preset lighting scenes may
be stored, recalled and modified from this application to suit the individual’s
personal preferences or task at hand.
PCS can also be used to control light levels in larger spaces such as boardrooms,
conference rooms or auditoriums. In addition to the dimming functionality, PCS can
be used to simply turn individual fixtures on or off within that same workspace.
Users can only control light fixtures assigned to their workspace according to the
configuration of the system.
Communication with Encelium lighting control equipment is established through a
connection to the existing local area network. PCS energy management software also
has the unique capability of acting as a “virtual occupancy sensor” for the system.
By detecting keyboard or mouse activity on each PC, PCS provides additional occupancy
information to the system to ensure that lights remain in the desired state while
a workspace is occupied.
Web Enabled Personal
Control Software (PCW)
For those clients that desire personal lighting control from their desktop without
the installation of the Personal Control Software application on each PC (or without
a direct connection to their computer networks), Encelium offers an Adobe Flash
web interface that mirrors the functionality of PCS (PCW).
Each individual can access the interface through their web browser and achieve the
same functionality and utility as with PCS with the exception of the “virtual occupancy
sensor” feature which is not available with PCW. The PCW user interface is
similar to that of PCS but utilizes HTML such that it will be compatible with virtually
any web browser, computer operating system or network security settings.
The individual fixture dimming control, on/off switching and ability to save and
modify pre- selected lighting scenes is identical to that of PCS. PCS is generally
recommended over PCW so that users can take advantage of the virtual occupancy sensor
feature of PCS.
ECS BacNet ®Interface Module
The BACnet®Interface Module enables the integration of the Encelium Energy Control
System (ECS) with any BACnet®compatible building automation system. ECS operates
autonomously while lighting status, lighting levels and energy usage are all shared
and may be controlled via BACnet®. Connection between the two systems is established
The BACnet®Interface Module:
- Enables BACnet®switching and dimming control.
- Provides load shedding control over the lighting load (also referred to as demand
- ECS provides information about the estimated amount of lighting load available for
reduction, either by selected groups (Group Sheddable Load) or in total (Sheddable
- In turn, load shedding requests can be made for each selected group individually
or ECS can initiate prioritized load shedding by predefined zones through a single
request to reduce the total lighting load.
- Both types of load shed requests can be defined in Watts to achieve precise load
reduction or by the common method of shedding by a percentage of the current lighting
- Notifies ECS of an emergency through a BACnet®connected fire alarm input to turn
all lights on.
- Shares occupancy information obtained by ECS with a BACnet®client to integrate HVAC
- Utilizes a centralized BACnet®time schedule.
To ensure smooth and user-friendly integration, the BACnet®Interface Module creates
access points with names and descriptions that can be customized to accommodate
any BACnet®client’s naming scheme. It also exports standard BACnet®object
properties in a clear, structured manner and can define an unlimited number of groups
The Niagara Driver enables the integration of the Encelium Energy Control System
(ECS) with Niagara based building automation systems. ECS operates autonomously
while lighting status, lighting levels and occupancy information are all shared
and may be controlled via the Niagara framework. Niagara
creates a common environment that connects to almost any embedded device to provide
a seamless, uniform view of the device data. This interoperability with the
Niagara framework will enable easier integration of lighting with HVAC and other
building systems thus contributing to lower operating costs and improved ROI.
The Niagara Driver:
- Enables switching and dimming control from within the AX platform.
- Provides load shedding control over the lighting energy load (including load shedding
based on a demand response signal).
- ECS provides information about the estimated amount of lighting energy load available
for reduction, either by selected groups (Group Sheddable Load) or in total load
(Sheddable Load). In turn, load shedding requests can be made for each selected
group individually or ECS can initiate prioritized load shedding by predefined zones
through a single request to reduce the total lighting energy load.
- Both types of load shed requests can be defined in either Watts to achieve precise
load reduction or by the common method of shedding by a percentage of the current
- Notifies ECS of an emergency through a Tridium connected fire alarm input to turn
all lights on.
- Notifies Tridium of an emergency through connected fire alarm input to turn all
- Shares occupancy information obtained by ECS to integrate HVAC control with occupancy.
- Utilizes central Niagara time schedules.