Superior Essex, Platformatics reformulate historical preservation with connected lighting offerings

Superior Essex announced on Monday that it has joined Platformatics, an innovator in intelligent lighting solutions, in the retrofit of the West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick, Indiana.

Seeking to boost operational efficiencies and improve its user experience, the Cook Group, which owns the French Lick Resort, sought the expertise of Superior Essex and Platformatics in converting its lighting infrastructure to the latest intelligent LED lighting technologies. Together, they provided a connected lighting solution that not only offers West Baden Springs Hotel a unique user experience and greatly improved energy efficiency, but also establishes a foundation for future converged network applications that will continue to add value as the hotel expands its in-building network.

The West Baden Springs Hotel is one of America’s oldest and most treasured resort hotels, with a history that stretches back more than 100 years. Its domed atrium, often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” is remarkable for both its size and aesthetic and serves as one of the hotel’s main attractions.

Previously, the dome was equipped with a lighting system that was both inefficient and difficult to customize, repair and maintain. With the new system provided by Superior Essex and Platformatics, the dome now includes over 500 tunable, IP-ready lights that are interconnected over a single local area network (LAN) by more than 30,000 feet of Superior Essex PowerWise 1 Gigabit 4-pair Power-over-Ethernet cabling.

This solution offers a myriad of benefits for the hotel, including data gathering and analytics, ease of use, improved energy efficiency, occupant health, safety and productivity.

“We were thrilled to uphold the West Baden Springs Hotel’s premier reputation by installing our state-of-the-art Power-over-Ethernet lighting system,” says Matt Laherty, President for Platformatics. “Our high-tech solution preserves the atrium’s historic character while providing the hotel with even more lighting and data-monitoring options than were previously imaginable…all while being 98.5% more energy efficient.”

“The connected lighting solution provided for West Baden is a great example of how technology and architecture can be blended together to produce a truly unique user experience, while also adding value in terms of operational efficiencies,” says Will Bryan, Vice President of Technology and Market Development for Superior Essex.

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