Remote Monitoring of Emergency Lights

If you have a Facilities Manager or maintenance person on site then an emergency light test system that indicates the fault at the control panel is ample. But what about those other locations, like social housing or many offices and shops, where there is no dedicated maintenance person present every day.

This is where remote test or remote monitoring systems for emergency lighting come in. These systems allow access via the Internet (or perhaps just within a corporate network) to check the condition of the emergency lighting in a building. They carry out the emergency light testing, archive the results then provide Ethernet/Internet/Cloud based access to the data and the system.

For communication between the emergency lights and the control panel some systems use DALI, some use proprietary wired communications. Some even use the old-fashioned central battery systems with lead-acid batteries plus communication wiring as well.

There are a few wireless systems. These usually have a far faster payback due to the much simpler installation. Unfortunately often these are “me too” systems added on to wired system at the behest of marketing. Why would you have a system that had some wired emergency lights and some wireless if the wireless system worked perfectly? Remote monitoring systems like this can be problematic and clunky to install. There are good systems out there though and one of these together with remote access is ideal for many buildings. However, watch out for systems that tie you in to an ongoing monthly charge to access your own system and data.

The Miresa system was designed as wireless from the ground up. It has no monthly fees. Given an Ethernet connection it will provide remote access, configuration and test results. It will generate PDF reports and send you emails when faults are detected.

That’s automatic wireless testing of every emergency light with automatic record keeping, PDF reports, emails and remote access – what more could you want!