WIRED OR WIRELESS
Premier’s 5G, 128 Bit Encrypted and IP Private Network Wireless Lighting Control
In today’s tech-savy world of the internet, Bluetooth, WiFi and other wireless platforms,
Premier has harnessed the power of new private IP 5G wireless encrypted technology
to allow even the smallest sports venue to ‘dance and flash’ its new LED lighting just like
a professional or college venue. Why settle for costly ‘hard wired’ lighting control offered
by all of our competitors when our 5G, IP private network and 128 bit encrypted wireless lighting control can achieve the same level of theatrical fan experiences for considerably less cost?
What’s meant by ‘lighting control’ of LED lighting systems? Unlike the 60+ year old
metal halide technology now lighting sports fields, LED offers instant on-off features so
LED can be quickly ‘cut on and off’ and ‘dimmed’ from full brightness too low light levels.
Thus, LED fixtures today installed for sports play can turn any Plain-Jane football game
into a concert venue boosting player spirits and exciting fans in the stadium. However,
for such LED lighting control to work, there must be a ‘communication path’ between the
typical press box located lighting control console and individual LED driver components
of each fixture installed on the field. Vendors offering such sophisticated lighting control
are mostly limited to the major sports brands; Musco, Ephesus, GigaTera and Premier.
What’s the difference between ‘hard wire’ and ‘wireless’ lighting control systems?
The path of lighting control ‘communication’ between the press box located central light
control console and the individual LED fixture drivers can be either ‘hard wired’ copper
underground or overhead circuits or communication can be ‘wireless’ through the air. As
information, the major LED sports lighting brands (including Premier) offer ‘hard wired’
lighting control; either for basic (3-step dimming) or as advanced theatrical control of its
fixture system (dancing, flashing, etc). Each brand accomplishes such lighting control of
individual LED fixture drivers with DMX or POE Ethernet ‘hard wiring’; actual copper
wiring. These communication ‘hard wired’ circuits are buried in the ground or installed
overhead in approved conduit systems routed from the lighting control console location
to every LED fixture driver; either to the integral LED drivers mounted atop each pole or
the drivers grouped together at the pole base for a remote system.
Such hard wired light control is great but it’s very expensive for a sports venue owner. A ‘hard wired’ control installation is costly because new trenches must be excavated under or around existing barriers (concrete walks, drives, underground utilities, etc) or more expensive boring equipment must be used for installation of hard wired copper communication circuits.
Premier recognized many smaller owners as high schools and recreational venues also
desired advanced lighting control of their LED systems but just couldn’t afford the costly
‘hard wiring’. Thus Premier partnered with respected wireless communication OEM’s to
now offer both basic and advanced (theatrical) lighting control with state of the art 5G
wireless technology featuring Private IP addresses protected by 128 Bit Encryption. This
new wireless lighting control insures a high school owner can dance its LED lights just
like a professional or collegiate venue but without the huge costs of hard wiring; yet
protected from hacking as advanced 5G wireless technology now offers.
What is 5G Wireless Communication?
5G is the fifth generation wireless technology standard for broadband cellular networks which phone companies began deploying in 2019. It is the successor to the 4G networks which provide connectivity to most current cellphones. The main advantage of new 5G networks is greater bandwidth giving higher download speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. Due to its increased bandwidth, 5G is expected to not only exclusively serve cellphones like existing cellular networks but also to make possible new applications in the internet of things (IoT). This last statement is exactly what Premier and its 5G partners have accomplished with new ‘wireless lighting control’. Simply speaking, our lighting control components create our own 5G private IP (aka hidden or undiscoverable) wireless network and communicates wirelessly to LED drivers located integrally or remotely on the sports field with up to 10 Gigabyte a second 128 bit encrypted (hack proof) communication.
But what does 128-Bit Encryption mean?
According to Techopedia; 128-bit encrypted wired or wireless data or file encryption techniques use a 128-bit key to encrypt and to decrypt data or files. Such is one of the most secure encryption methods used in most modern encryption algorithms and technologies. Communication with 128-bit encryption is considered to be logically unbreakable. It is considered secure because it would take massive computation and virtually thousands of years to be cracked. As an example, it would take 2128 different combinations to break the encryption key, which is out of reach for even the most powerful computers. 128-bit encryption is implemented in most network/Internet communications technologies such as in web browsers and websites”.
What’s a Private WiFi Network?
These Private WiFi signals are referred to by other names; aka hidden or undiscoverable. Private IP addresses can’t be seen by an internet user because they are in effect an internal network or closed group. By default, all WiFi networks broadcast so-called Service Set Identifier (SSID) every 100 milliseconds to let other devices know about their presence. We all know what this means; our cell phone picks other nearby WiFi router signals and displays them on our cell phone. However, only if we know the password of that alternate WiFi signal are we able to use such a signal for our wireless cell communication. However, today’s wireless technology has advanced to where a router can be configured to broadcast its SSID identity ‘privately’ or hidden from all the other wireless reception devices.
In summary, contact an experienced Premier team member should you have questions
about 5G wireless lighting control or desire an LED upgrade or ground-up installation
quote with our integral or remote products featuring basic or theatrical advanced lighting control. www.premier sports lighting.com