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Acuity Brands, Inc. , is an electronics manufacturing company. It was founded in 2001 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.Acuity Brands has spun off its specialty chemicals business effective November 1, 2007. The new company is known as Zep Inc. and is traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol ZEP. Wikipedia.

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Digest of Technical Papers - SID International Symposium | Year: 2013

Panel efficacy is one of the most important metrics in OLED lighting. We review strategies for outcoupling enhancement and propose a new device architecture: OLEDs with meshed cathodes to reduce energy loss to the metal cathode, otherwise known as loss to the metal surface plasmon polariton modes. The amount of outcoupling enhancement and practical implementation will be discussed. © 2013 Society for Information Display.

News Article | October 19, 2015
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SAVANNAH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at the IES Street & Area Lighting Conference, North America’s largest conference dedicated to improving the outdoor lighting business of electric utilities and energy service providers, Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE:AYI), through its subsidiary Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc., and Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE:SSNI) announced an agreement to jointly develop an intelligent lighting platform for utilities, cities, and large campus operators which will allow them to upgrade their aging lighting infrastructure and establish a path to additional smart city applications and services. In the first step of the relationship, the two industry leaders will jointly develop a networked street light control solution. This solution will integrate Silver Spring’s standards-based Gen5 IPv6 networking platform and Streetlight.Vision smart city management software, which enables operators to monitor and control networked streetlights, with Acuity Controls’ DTL® DLL Elite™ intelligent photocontrols. With more than 45 million street and highway lights in the US, and nearly 300 million street lights worldwide, there is an ongoing trend to upgrade aging infrastructure to networked, long-lasting and efficient LED street and area lighting. Older street lights can consume up to 40 percent of a city’s energy budget, and require manual identification and maintenance to repair individual luminaires. By networking upgraded LED luminaires, cities can lower costs by as much as 60 percent by reducing energy expenses and increasing operational efficiency. Intelligent street lights can also vary brightness based on traffic flows, time of night, and inclement weather, helping increase road safety for drivers and pedestrians. “This joint development effort brings the strengths of two market leaders together. We are delighted to collaborate with Silver Spring to add to our portfolio of technology to deliver proven, smart lighting control and networking to large-scale lighting operators. We anticipate that these solutions will enable our customers to leverage their smart lighting canopy to easily and cost-effectively deploy additional smart city applications over time," said Audwin Cash, Vice President of Acuity Controls. “We’re honored to work with a leader such as Acuity Brands and be a core part of their solutions portfolio. Like Acuity, we believe that the pace of innovation in networked lighting controls is increasing rapidly, and that combining Acuity’s deep industry knowledge and broad customer base with Silver Spring’s leading networking and smart city management platform will accelerate adoption and value,” said Brandon Davito, Vice President of Smart Cities and Lighting, Silver Spring Networks. “We look forward to being able to help utilities, cities and other operators around the world utilize their smart lighting networks as the linchpin for even more sophisticated smart city applications and services.” Acuity is one of the world’s largest outdoor lighting solution providers with customers across the US, Europe, and Asia. Acuity’s DTL DLL Elite photocell has set the standard for long-life light sensors and will provide the foundation for the integrated Acuity and Silver Spring solution. Silver Spring Networks has delivered more than 21.5 million critical infrastructure devices worldwide, including selection for nearly 500,000 street lights in what is believed to be the world’s largest smart street lights program in Miami and South Florida. Silver Spring also connects critical infrastructure in iconic global cities such as Chicago, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Melbourne, Mexico City, Paris, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Washington, D.C., among others. To learn more please visit the Acuity Booth (# 17) and the Silver Spring Networks Booth (#23) at the 2015 Street and Area Lighting Conference in Savannah, Ga. October 5-7. Acuity Brands, Inc. is a North American market leader and one of the world's leading providers of lighting solutions for both indoor and outdoor applications. With fiscal year 2014 net sales of $2.4 billion, Acuity Brands employs approximately 7,000 associates and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with operations throughout North America, and in Europe and Asia. The Company's lighting solutions are sold under various brands, including Lithonia Lighting®, Holophane®, Peerless®, Gotham®, Mark Architectural Lighting(TM), Winona® Lighting, Healthcare Lighting®, Hydrel®, American Electric Lighting®, Carandini®, Antique Street Lamps(TM), Sunoptics®, RELOC® Wiring Solutions, eldoLED®, Distech Controls® and Acuity Controls™. For more information, visit www.acuitybrands.com. Silver Spring Networks is a leading networking platform and solutions provider for smart energy networks. Silver Spring’s pioneering IPv6 networking platform, with more than 21.5 million Silver Spring enabled devices delivered, is connecting utilities to homes and business throughout the world with the goal of achieving greater energy efficiency for the planet. Silver Spring’s innovative solutions enable utilities to gain operational efficiencies, improve grid reliability, and empower consumers to monitor and manage energy consumption. Silver Spring Networks customers include major utilities around the globe such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Commonwealth Edison, CPS Energy, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Progress Energy and Singapore Power, among others. To learn more, please visit www.silverspringnet.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements about Acuity Brands’ and Silver Spring Networks’ expectations, plans, intentions, and strategies, including, but not limited to statements regarding the scope and benefits of the relationship between the companies. Statements including words such as "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect" or “future” and statements in the future tense are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, which, if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause the results of either company to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties include the successful implementation of the relationship between Acuity Brands and Silver Springs Networks, as well as those described in documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission by either company. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Acuity Brands and Silver Spring Networks as of the date hereof. Acuity Brands and Silver Spring Networks assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

News Article | October 2, 2015
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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A surge in global demand for Soraa’s full visible spectrum GaN on GaN™ LED lamps and Optical Light Engines has led the company to name George Stringer as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. Stringer, who most recently served as Vice President of North America Sales and Marketing for the company, will report directly to Jeffery Parker, CEO of Soraa. Stringer will lead the company’s global sales organization with offices in U.S., London and Tokyo. “With our industry-leading GaN on GaN™ LED technology, Soraa continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in lighting. Today, our LED lamps are widely regarded as the best in the world in terms of beam, brightness and colour rendering. This outstanding market reception has created the need to have top talent strategically align and oversee our global sales and marketing operation,” said Jeffrey Parker, CEO of Soraa. “George is a highly recognized leader throughout the lighting industry with a history of success in building top sales talent and innovating sales processes. I’m pleased to announce his promotion to Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing.” Stringer joined Soraa in 2013 and has led the company’s successful sales expansion in North America. His technical expertise in lighting and keen focus on delivering successful projects has helped Soraa increase sales, particularly in retail, hospitality, and gallery/museum spaces. In his new role, Stringer will work closely with leading lighting designers, architects and building owners and operators on projects globally. Prior to joining Soraa, Stringer worked at Acuity Brands Lighting for 16 years in a variety of senior level sales and sales management roles. His last role at Acuity was as Vice President and General Manager for Corporate Accounts, Renovation, and Government, where he revitalized the National Account organization introducing a new strategic vision and turning it into a high performance sales channel. Stringer has considerable expertise in all sales channels: distribution, agent specification, corporate accounts and consumer. “Soraa has the rare ability to constantly innovate and produce quality, industry-leading products, while remaining agile to meet market demand—no matter where that demand arises from,” said Stringer. “I’m excited about my new role and look forward to working with international customers and the sales and marketing teams in London and Tokyo.” Pioneering lamps using LEDs built from pure gallium nitride substrates (GaN on GaN™), Soraa has made ordinary lighting extraordinarily brilliant and efficient. Soraa’s full spectrum GaN on GaN™ LED lamps have superior colour rendering and beam characteristics compared to lamps using LEDs created from non-native substrates. Founded in 2008, Soraa is located in Fremont California, where it manufactures its GaN on GaN™ LEDs in the company’s state-of-the-art facility. The company also has sales offices in London and Tokyo. For additional information, please visit www.soraa.com and follow the company on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

News Article | April 20, 2015
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Acuity Brands provides lighting solutions to a wide variety of industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sites. Acuity has recently been exploring use of their LED lights for indoor location positioning for mobile applications. Acuity's acquisition of ByteLight makes clear the importance of cutting edge technologies for future growth of even the most mainstream industries. Last week, Acuity Brands (NYSE:AYI) announced their acquisition of ByteLight, a U.S.-based start-up company whose technology enables mobile phones to use signals from LED lights to track their location indoors. Followers of the technology industry are used to seeing acquisitions of start-up companies, particularly in indoor location and other mobile-related areas, by major technology companies. Other indoor location technology start-ups have been acquired by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), InvenSense (NYSE:INVN), Aruba (NASDAQ:ARUN) and others. Why is a lighting solutions maker acquiring a high-tech start-up? As smartphones and mobile applications have become mainstream, the desire for smartphones to track their locations is becoming even stronger. Even the least cutting-edge smartphone users have come to rely on Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Maps and Waze applications to help them navigate. These users are naturally wanting to be able to find their way around large indoor sites as well. If we can use Waze when driving, why can't our smartphones help us find our way around shopping malls, museums, hospitals, airports and big office complexes? Unfortunately, the GPS technology that enables our phones to track our locations outdoors doesn't work indoors. This has inspired over 150 companies to research how smartphones can track locations indoors. Many major companies and start-up companies have announced and started selling technology for indoor location applications. Unfortunately, indoor location technology has proven to be a challenge to deploy. Many solutions involve deploying "beacons," or small radio units, all around a site. These beacons communicate with phones to help them track their locations. Deploying and maintaining beacons every forty or fifty meters around a site is harder than originally thought. Many other solutions, based on Wi-Fi or other technologies, have proven hard to deploy as well. This is what led Acuity, ByteLight and others to focus on lighting. Any site that wants to deploy indoor location applications already has lighting installed throughout. Increasingly, as sites are seeking to lower their costs, they are switching to LED lighting. LED lighting is an opportunity to deploy indoor location solutions based on infrastructure that's already deployed and budgeted. The key innovation is that LED lighting generally includes a microcontroller, a small computer that controls the lights. A number of companies have researched how these microcontrollers can "modulate" the light they produce, and in doing so, encode signals in the light waves that communicate the light unit's location to any device that's nearby. Smartphones can pick up these modulated light signals with their built-in cameras, while people cannot see any difference in the light. This technology is called VLC, or "visual light communication." VLC has been worked on by start-up companies like ByteLight and a few others, as well as major companies such as Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), Samsung, LG, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Sony (NYSE:SNE) and others. VLC offers the promise of delivering indoor location positioning to smartphones throughout a site without having to deploy or maintain any additional infrastructure such as beacons or Wi-Fi access points. VLC provides fairly accurate location tracking. ByteLight's technology determines location to within one to two meters, which is sufficient for most applications and better than the five or six meter accuracy delivered by many other technologies. As more and more sites want to deploy indoor location solutions, VLC technology is becoming a differentiator in the selection of lighting. If Acuity's lighting supports VLC, and a competitor's lighting doesn't, a site's plans for the future may lead them to use Acuity's lighting. Several lighting providers have announced or started selling lighting that supports VLC. By acquiring ByteLight, Acuity has taken this one step further, bringing the mobile solution in-house for receiving signals and delivering location-based applications. As indoor location goes from early-adopter to mainstream, and more and more big sites plan to deploy indoor applications, VLC technology will increasingly be a differentiator in the lighting industry. What will be the next mainstream industry to be impacted by cutting edge technologies such as mobile indoor location? Will future acquisitions of mobile start-up companies be done by companies in mainstream industries? Acuity's acquisition of ByteLight may signal a shift in which high-tech and mainstream are blending and a wide variety of mainstream industries will be looking to cutting edge technologies.

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