Industry unveils first IoT lighting standard

THE LONG-AWAITED first standard for internet-connect lighting has been unveiled.

Dubbed ‘Specification V1’, the standard has been unveiled by the industry group, the IoT-Ready Alliance. It’s hoped that the first agreed standard will provide a boost to the growing IoT lighting sector.

‘The interface specification is a very important first step by the IoT-Ready Alliance to make the installation of IoT technology in luminaires easy today, and in the future,' said smart lighting evangelist Joe Costello of Enlighted.

It defines a socket that allows any type of Internet of Things (IoT) sensor or control module to connect seamlessly to a luminaire or other building system.
The standard is network-protocol independent, which enables IoT-compliant products to use any networking protocol, either wired or wireless and is suitable for all LED lighting and building control networks. 

Joe Costello, CEO of connected lighting specialist Enlighted, said: ‘The interface specification is a very important first step by the IoT-Ready Alliance to make the installation of IoT technology in luminaires easy today, and in the future.

The standard specifies all the interface elements including mechanical, electrical and software, and allows for parts to be retrofitted and replaced on site without disassembly.

The specification is developed under a royalty-free license and works with any network protocol including Thread, BLE, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi and IP/Ethernet.

It is backwards compatible with legacy lighting controls and can be implemented with traditional lighting controls until IoT is needed

‘We’re announcing our fifth generation sensor and it will be IoT-Ready interface specification compliant. We are also committed to ensuring all future sensors meet IoT-Ready standards. We look forward to collaborating with the member companies to develop new technologies to speed the adoption of LED lighting and enable smarter buildings.’ 

Karl Jónsson of  Tridonic told Lux: ‘The Alliance has come a long way and in just one year, we have not only developed the IoT-Ready Interface Specification, but Tridonic is introducing the first IoT-Ready LED driver based on the specification and available for purchase today’.

 

  • A detailed presentation  on internet-connected lighting will be included in the Lighting Fixture Design 2018 conference, which takes place on Wednesday 20 June and Thursday 21 June 2018. Organised by Lux and LEDs Magazine, the event takes place at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London. For more information and to reserve you place, click HERE.

 

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