The Mandalay Bay Convention Center is the 10th largest exhibition space in the United States, and thanks to its close proximity to a world-famous casino and hotel, it’s also one of the most popular. When it comes to choosing a convention centre, lighting isn’t usually a top priority – but it makes a huge difference, as the Mandalay Bay management team would learn after 1,600 lighting fixtures were digitised at the venue.

The 1,600 lighting fixtures cover approximately 1 million square feet of floor space across six exhibit halls. To digitise the lights, the team at Energy Resources of Boulder, CO, opted for Current’s Daintree wireless controls network, which reduced the amount of supplemental lighting required for major trade shows, while gaining exhibitor-specific control capabilities. Daintree, which combines Intel technology with web-based software to automate energy management, building control and system configuration from any location, was recently designated as an Intel Market Ready Solution.

The new digital network was showcased earlier this year at one of Las Vegas’ largest trade exhibitions, UBM Fashion’s MAGIC Trade Show, where organisers reported that the need for supplemental lighting was nearly eliminated compared to prior years. The ability to modify light levels from 0-100 percent, along with real-time management capability above each booth, was a major benefit for a fashion-forward show like UBM’s MAGIC.

“Current’s Daintree controls are supporting our energy saving goals while improving the customer and client experience,” says Chris Magee, Vice President of Sustainable Facilities at MGM Resorts.

“Strong partners with significant commitment to the environment are what makes these types of projects a success.”

The Daintree system is first step toward fully digitising the facility’s lighting infrastructure. MGM Resorts is also exploring adding additional functionality that would integrate the lighting system data with its corporate building analytics platform.

“For many years, Las Vegas has sat at the epicenter of building innovation, and we are excited to be working with the MGM Resorts team to pioneer the next generation of digital lighting technology,” says Garrett Miller, Chief Digital Officer at Current, powered by GE.

“The granular control capabilities of our Daintree system at a site as large as Mandalay Bay demonstrates the potential to extend beyond energy savings.”

Daintree is Current’s second platform to be designated as an Intel Market Ready Solution. Current and Intel also jointly market and sell Current’s CityIQ platform, which is being deployed in cities like San Diego, Atlanta and Portland, OR.

“From office buildings to convention centres to city streets, our collaboration with Intel is transforming urban infrastructure into more intelligent environments,” concludes Miller.

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