Innovative light dimmer project goes overseas

EEE-OD-FineTuners team at the PS21 ExCEL Awards & Convention 2012, exhibiting their i-Save project that won the Gold Award.

What started as a simple idea to cut wastage in electricity usage on campus by using motion sensors, the i-Save project, has snowballed to achieve commercialised status, with companies like Frazers Centrepoint Properties and Suntec City Mall adopting it. It has even gone beyond Singapore’s shores.

“The dimmers are currently undergoing the initial installation phase in Malaysia,” said EEE-OD FineTuner project team leader Toh Ser Khoon, Deputy Director of School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE).

Hui Wing Hong added: “The i-Save project is a light dimmer device aimed to save energy and reduce costs. Just recently, together with our partners, we have engaged interested stakeholders to install another 10,000 light dimmers across Singapore."

Adding to the string of awards and accolades the team has won over the recent years, FineTuners bagged the Gold Award for Best PS21 Project atthe PS21 ExCEL Awards & Convention 2012 in November.

The PS21 ExCel Awards recognise innovative ideas by individuals or teams who have made a significant impact within their organisations and beyond.

During the PS21 Awards Ceremony on 15 Nov, the team put up a skit - they were allocated a ten-minute window - to present their i-Save project before the many VIPs present, including Head of Civil Service Mr Peter Ong.

“To wow the audience, we decided that the presentation had to be purposeful, meaningful, impactful and yet entertaining at the same time. We took to the stage to share our entire learning journey while conveying the idea in a simple and elegant way. It was an enjoyable and memorable learning experience for the team,” shared Ser Khoon.

Click the links below for previous articles on FineTuners and their i-Save project:
EEE team wins big with innovative project
Champions at national Team Excellence Competition

The team put on a skit during the “Wow Show” segment of the PS21 event to explain their i-Save project, which wowed the audience and gained them voting points.

Head of Civil Service Mr Peter Ong, who presented the PS21 awards, with the team (from left): Deputy Director Toh Ser Khoon (EEE), Senior Research Engineer Hui Wing Hong (TDO), Senior Lecturer Jolyon P Caplin, (EEE), Senior Lecturer Chia Chow Leong, (EEE), Senior Lecturer Tsui Ping (EEE) and Technical Support Officer Chong Wee Tat (TDO).

Photos courtesy of LTA.

Published by Dept of Corporate Communications