Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Industry-leading organizations like Enlighted, Tridonic and DesignLights Consortium™
are working to establish a standard for “IoT-Ready™” light fixtures that can easily be
upgraded with sensors and connectivity modules after installation.
Philadelphia – May 9, 2017 – Leading lighting and LED driver manufacturers, Internet of
Things (IoT) technology companies, and industry groups have established the IoTReady
™ Alliance, dedicated to making installation of IoT technology in luminaires easy
now and in the future. The Alliance is setting industry standards that will enable LED
light fixtures to be “IoT-Ready™,” facilitating a quick and easy installation of advanced
IoT sensors - as simple as changing a light bulb. This will also enable building operators
to easily upgrade the sensors, ultimately future-proofing their buildings as IoT
technology continues to advance at a much more rapid pace than that of LED fixtures.
Lighting fixtures are an ideal carrier for IoT technology in smart buildings, providing
ubiquitous location for granular data collection throughout the building while delivering
electric power to the sensors. Yet today, only a small percentage of LED fixtures have
smart sensors. After the initial installation of LED fixtures, installing a sensor is cost
prohibitive, making the later addition of sensors unlikely.
LED light fixtures typically boast a long lifetime of 15 years or more, while IoT and smart
sensor technology is evolving rapidly, at a similar pace to that of the mobile phone. This
means major IoT technology upgrades will certainly occur throughout the LED fixture’s
life. These upgrade cycles for the IoT sensors call for a cost-effective, low-impact
method of changing sensors.
Enlighted CEO Joe Costello stresses the need to solve this challenge immediately – a call
which is being answered by the IoT-Ready™ Alliance. “There is tremendous urgency to
enable today’s shipping LED luminaires to be easily upgraded with IoT technology.
Otherwise, these luminaires condemn buildings to be unintelligent for the entire
lifecycle of those fixtures. Fifteen or more years is a long time before building owners
have another chance to install smart sensors. With IoT-Ready™ fixtures, customers can
install future-proof LED luminaires in their buildings.”
The Alliance’s initiative addresses this challenge head on – standardizing an interface
between any luminaire and any IoT sensor. This allows the sensors to be easily added or
upgraded at any point in time.
“We are very pleased key players from the lighting industry have come together to meet
the needs of our customers, and Tridonic is a driving part of it,” said Guido van Tartwijk,
CEO at Tridonic. “IoT-Ready™ future-proofs lighting fixtures so that customers do not
have to worry about forward compatibility to upcoming technology upgrades that are
expected in the fast-developing world of IoT.”
The IoT-Ready™ Alliance is currently working to standardize the key interface
characteristics needed to make this happen. Both fixture-integrated and external
sensors are being addressed. The IoT-Ready standards will include definitions for
electrical interfaces, connectors, and mechanical form-factors.
“IoT-based lighting systems have tremendous potential to optimize energy efficiency
and bring new kinds of value to the lighting and building industries and beyond,” said
Gabe Arnold, Technical Director at DesignLights Consortium™. “By standardizing the
interface between these IoT systems and the luminaires they are attached to, the IoTReady
™ Alliance is addressing an essential aspect needed to unlock the full technology
potential and enable widespread adoption.”
Initial industry participants include Aruba (a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company),
Click Technology Co., Ltd., DECO Lighting, DesignLights Consortium™, Enlighted, ERP
Power LLC, Focal Point, MEAN WELL, Orion Energy Systems, Inc., Selux, Shenzhen
Lighting Control Co., Silergy Corp, Tridonic, Universal Lighting Technologies and USAI
The Alliance is open to any organization interested in driving the future of IoT and smart
buildings. Visit www.IoT-Ready.org or Lightfair booth #3849 to learn more about the
IoT-Ready™ Alliance and how to participate.
ABOUT THE IOT-READY™ ALLIANCE
IoT-Ready™ is an alliance of leading lighting, building management, and Internet of
Things (IoT) companies and organizations that are creating a common standard for IoTenabled
lighting fixtures. This standard will ensure all new LED lighting fixtures can be
shipped with a standard socket to easily add intelligent IoT sensors to the fixture after
the fixture has been installed.
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Mark Milligan for the IoT-Ready™ Alliance
IOT Ready™ Alliance
930 Benecia Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94085