RFID based Efficient Lighting Control

Farhan Manzoor Khan, David Linton, Michael Loughlin, Karsten Menzel

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)
680 Downloads (Pure)


The Kyoto Protocol and the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive put an onus on governments
and organisations to lower carbon footprint in order to contribute towards reducing global warming. A key
parameter to be considered in buildings towards energy and cost savings is its indoor lighting that has a major
impact on overall energy usage and Carbon Dioxide emissions. Lighting control in buildings using Passive
Infrared sensors is a reliable and well established approach; however, the use of only Passive Infrared does not
offer much savings towards reducing carbon, energy, and cost. Accurate occupancy monitoring information can
greatly affect a building’s lighting control strategy towards a greener usage. This paper presents an approach for
data fusion of Passive Infrared sensors and passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based occupancy
monitoring. The idea is to have efficient, need-based, and reliable control of lighting towards a green indoor
environment, all while considering visual comfort of occupants. The proposed approach provides an estimated
13% electrical energy savings in one open-plan office of a University building in one working day. Practical
implementation of RFID gateways provide real-world occupancy profiling data to be fused with Passive
Infrared sensing towards analysis and improvement of building lighting usage and control.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of RF Technologies: Research and Applications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 08 Oct 2012


  • RFID

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'RFID based Efficient Lighting Control'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this