Celebrate the wilds of the United Kingdom with new lighting technology

Siemens graduate engineers have developed an innovative geolocation lighting system that is used as part of the Green Space Dark Skies project to create works of art in national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.

The lights, called Geolights, are designed to allow thousands of people to be part of the creation of artistic displays in beautiful landscapes, led by Walk the Plank and commissioned as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK.

More than 20,000 volunteers from all walks of life, including many who do not often experience the beauty of the countryside due to urban, physical or cultural constraints, will create impressive lighting models with the help of Geolights, which will be filmed and broadcast as short films. movies online.

Siemens graduates Anabel Ochen and Nathaniel Fernandez, based in Manchester, are working on the devices, along with engineering interns Sam Rhodes and Sam Newton, who joined the team during the development phase.

Developed devices include GPS technology, along with innovations including Internet of Things (IoT), real-time location tracking, energy storage and wireless connectivity.

By remotely changing the color of the lights, each participant, or “Lumenator”, will effectively turn a pixel into a coordinated image of living works of art in the landscape.


Geolights are designed to allow thousands of people to be part of creating artistic displays in beautiful landscapes.  Credit: Green Space Dark Skies, (Dinas Dinlle), photographer: Geraint Thomas

Geolights are designed to allow thousands of people to be part of creating artistic displays in beautiful landscapes. Credit: Green Space Dark Skies, (Dinas Dinlle), photographer: Geraint Thomas


The engineers worked with the lighting company CORE Lighting to integrate Siemens processing technology into the CORE lights produced in Gloucester, using mainly parts supplied by the United Kingdom.

Nathaniel Fernandez, a graduate engineer at Siemens, said: “The work on this project is really testing what is possible when it comes to self-locating lighting systems in the outdoor environment. It was great to work on something that has a fantastic social purpose, but also has potential applications in industries such as manufacturing and logistics, where outdoor geolocation can support automation. This is a perfect example of a technology that can benefit both organizations and individuals. “

Robin Phillips, head of Siemens Advanta Consulting UK, said: “Green Space Dark Skies and UNBOXED are leading fantasy initiatives celebrating both art and science. This is a project in which the talents of our graduates really shone and they played an important role in inventing the technology needed to make this project work on a large scale. We are excited to see the displays as part of the event. ”

John Wassel, creative producer, Green Space Dark Skies and co-founder of Walk the Plank, said: “Green Space Dark Skies celebrates nature, our responsibility to protect it and our right to explore the countryside. Technology is a cornerstone of event lighting – meaning that event directors can coordinate and automate outdoor displays in new and exciting ways.

Phil Ion, Managing Director of CORE Lighting, said: “The technological advances created by Geolights and its management system are the result of extensive design and testing work packed into just a few short months. Designing, equipping and supplying everything in the current short supply market was extremely challenging in the short term. This innovation has created a concept that the event lighting industry has never seen before, allowing any event, including medium to large gatherings, to be turned into a massive light show and will be seen as a key milestone in event technology.

The next event will take place on June 11, 2022 in the Dorset of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Green Space Dark Skies is open to all and anyone can register.

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