New specifications future proof IoT lighting
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Manufacturers of commercial lighting and control devices that connect to the Internet of Things now have a universal specification to ensure all components will work together.
The IoT-Ready Alliance introduced its first specification, The IoT-Ready Interface Specification V1.0, at Lightfair International in Chicago, Ill. The specification 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-Ready-compliant products to utilize any networking protocol, either wired or wireless and is suitable for all LED lighting and building control networks.
Evan Petridis, Chair of the IoT-Ready Alliance Technical Committee, said, "We're very pleased that our collaborative environment and focus on results has enabled us to converge on a robust Specification so quickly. The Specification achieves our design goals of broad industry support, extensibility, low-cost, and simplicity of implementation. In working with a range of companies from the lighting, lighting-control and IoT industries, I've seen what we can accomplish when we focus on results instead of defending industry turf. Now that our first Specification is published and products are on the market, we look forward to working together with other technical standards bodies in the lighting, building management, and IoT spaces to ensure a single set of coherent standards worldwide."
Key Benefits of Adopting the IoT-Ready Standard:
- Specifies all interface elements: mechanical, electrical and software
- Provides a complete family of interoperable solutions to Smart Building IoT interface problems
- Allows in-field retrofit, replacements and upgrades without disassembly
- The specification is developed under a Royalty-free license
- Works with any network protocol including Thread, BLE, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, IP/Ethernet etc.
- Is backward compatible with legacy lighting controls
- Can be implemented with traditional lighting controls until IoT is needed
- Provides a low-cost option to future-proof luminaires or other system components in buildings
- Suitable for a range of applications, from simple low-cost lighting control to high-end IoT sensing
"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 Enlighted CEO Joe Costello. We announced our 5th generation sensor at Lightfair International 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."