Norwegian school installs tunable LED lighting to enhance learning (MAGAZINE)

A human-centric lighting project is intended to improve learning performance and sleep patterns for students, explains Maury Wright, and the lighting design also optimizes cylindrical illuminance. A human-centric lighting project is intended to improve learning performance and sleep patterns for students, explains MAURY WRIGHT, and the lighting design also optimizes cylindrical illuminance. The new Holla comprehensive school near Telemark, Norway opened for the 2016 school year with LED-based lighting inside and out, including tunable-white lighting in class and group rooms. The tunable lighting is considered human-centric lighting (HCL) or what is sometimes referred to as lighting for health and wellbeing. The spectrum can be set to boost alertness at times, for instance, during an exam, or for a relaxed environment at other times. The school hopes the system will improve learning and also help students sleep better at night. The solid-state lighting (SSL) project further included other standard LED fixtures with fixed spectrum indoors and out. Interested in articles & announcements on tunable LED lighting in human-centric lighting applications? Glamox Luxo Lighting supplie...

Swedish fintech Zaver has raised $1.2M seed for its P2P payments platform

Zaver, a Swedish fintech that has built a payments platform to facilitate peer-to-peer trades and more, has picked up just over $1.2 million in seed funding. Backing the burgeoning startup are VC firms Inventure and Inbox Capital, as well as a number of relatively well-established angel investors. They include Joen Bonnier (partner at Atomico), Tom Dinkelspiel, Pontus Hagnö, Fabian Hielte (owner of Ernström & C:o and a previous investor in Spotify and iZettle), Bo Mattsson (founder of Cint) and Fredrik Österberg (founder of Evolution Gaming). Aiming to disrupt the market for P2P payment solutions, Zaver is developing a SaaS and accompanying apps to bring together buyers, sellers and merchants with the promise of “secure payments on your terms.” The fintech startup aims to facilitate trades between peers by enabling the use of flexible payment methods such as direct payments, “buy now, pay later” and installments. To support this, Zaver’s platform claims to embed “intelligent fraud detection” algorithms in tandem with the automatic creation of “verified digital agreements” between transacting parties. “The Zaver app is the first platform-independent checkout solution for P2P ...