The lighting industry is now the backbone of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), but it still faces some daunting challenges, including a problem: although the LED interior lights can last for decades, but equipment operators may have to frequently change Embedded in the same lamp in the chip and sensor.
Not the chip will be destroyed, but because the chip every 18 months there is a more advanced version of the update. This means that commercial companies that have installed IoT lamps will have to use old technology or make expensive upgrades.
Now, a new standard initiative hopes to avoid this problem in commercial buildings. The IoT-Ready Alliance wants to ensure that there is a consistent, simple, inexpensive way to keep the indoor smart lighting updated.
"The alliance is developing industry standards to make LED lighting a 'IoT-Ready', making it easier to install advanced IoT sensors," the organization said at the International Lighting Fair in Philadelphia this week.
The IoT-Ready Consortium claims that since IoT technology continues to move forward faster than LED lighting, it will "allow building managers to easily upgrade their sensors" by making the replacement of the sensor "as easy as replacing a light bulb" , And ultimately benefit their buildings.
The lighting industry hopes to persuade commercial and outdoor lighting operators, fixtures are a perfect off-the-shelf skeleton that can accommodate chips and sensors that collect data for Internet of Things, because the lights are ubiquitous and can power the power lines for lamps It is also possible to supply power to these devices, eliminating the need for battery components.
The so-called "network lighting" will be from the room occupancy, human movement, air quality and other aspects of observation. The collected data can trigger other operations, such as resetting the temperature, reminding the device administrator how to reallocate space, or help retail stores to attract traffic and sales.
In the outdoor environment, it can help manage traffic, find parking spaces, remind the police and firefighters to the emergency location. IoT lighting usually requires data to be bound to the cloud computing system for analysis and sharing.
"Lighting is an ideal carrier for IoT technology in intelligent buildings, providing a ubiquitous location for particle size data acquisition throughout the building and powering the sensor." But today, only a small part of the LED fixtures There are smart sensors. The cost of installing the sensor after the initial installation of the LED fixture is high, which makes it impossible to add the sensor later. "
The lead companies include Enlighted, Sunnyvale, Calif. (Specializing in energy services for things and buildings), Tridonic GmbH (a subsidiary of Zumtobel Lighting Control in Dornbirn, Austria), and DesignLights Consortium Is committed to improving the efficient lighting of non - profit organizations).
"Today's LED lighting is urgently needed to be easily upgraded through the Internet of Things technology, otherwise the lamps in the building will never be intelligent," said Joe Costello, CEO of Enlighted. "The owner will have to be in fifteen years or more Will be able to install smart sensors, while the use of IoT-Ready lamps, customers can install in their construction for the future of LED lamps.
Ruio's chief executive, Guido van Tartwijk, agrees with this statement: "The future-oriented IoT-Ready lighting allows customers to worry about the upcoming escalation of the Internet of Things technology, which is backward compatible with high-speed development Networking technology. "
And some industry observers may question whether they need to replace the sensor and chip hardware, because the software sent via wired or wireless connection can provide updates. The industry has also worked on other efforts to screen for the development of standards that contribute to the development of the Internet of Things, which is characterized by a variety of technologies that use different languages such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-Wave, NarrowBand IoT, VLC and so on.
Some lighting companies are supporting the Thread Group, an IT-driven initiative for building a common IoT protocol for IPv6-based low-power versions. The IPv6 protocol provides a common identification and location scheme for Internet computers. While some lighting IoT companies such as Aurora and Gooee are eagerly waiting for a long delay in the Bluetooth grid standard landing.