July 13, 2017: The LED lighting industry has realized that it cannot just survive by simply selling light bulbs–now the LED bulbs have to become smarter and get connected with the Internet of Things (IoT). The LED industry has the expertise in illumination; it does not have expertise in the domain of IoT, like networking, wireless protocols, Ethernet gateways, Bluetooth beacons, cloud computing, data analytics, etc. Hence, the LED lighting manufacturers would need support to get connected to IoT.
Potential of IoT
IoT is the ultimate guide to fasten some 30 billion devices to the internet over a course of few years, thus creating a world where everything can be digitized, facilitating miscellaneous objects to talk to one another and assemble and hand out information to the advantage of business and society. IoT has the potential to add $6.25 trillion to the worldwide economy by 2025.
Transformation into smarter LED lighting solutions provider
At present, majority of the LED lighting manufacturers understand that smart lighting technology will assist them in transforming into intelligent LED lighting solutions provider. The LED companies need to unite with technology companies to make it happen. Technology companies such as Cisco, Google, Apple, Huawei, IBM, and others are making a strong bid. Apart from these leading firms, a number of startup companies have emerged, with the aim to make smart LED lighting solutions through IoT
Gooee has signed up with seven lighting companies to embed the Gooee Internet of Things engine inside luminaires. Gooee is also signing OEM deals with other lighting companies andwith a couple of building automation firms.
The company promises to build operators and retailers to gain enormous advantage by using sensors to monitor building occupancy, lighting levels, and climatic conditions like temperature and humidity, especially if they collect that data and send it off for analysis in cloud computing systems, the way Gooee’s self-proclaimed ecosystem does.
New firms emerging to make smart LED lighting solutions with IoT
The company is also using Bluetooth beacons to communicate with shoppers via their smartphones and engage them with in-store promotions. To help secure a place in the industry’s future, Gooee is adding other features to its set of chips.
Another upcoming company is Organic Response, which aims to help alter office luminaires into IoT nodes. For this, the company is offering a kit of sensors on an OEM basis for sellers to include in their luminaires.
The sensors permit end users to observe room occupancy and lighting levels, and control lights on a smart basis in which luminaires switch on and off and lighten and soft as desired. The instant advantages include energy savings of 20-40%, along with common improvements in light quality and in bringing the right light levels at the right time.
One of the key highlights here is the two other features of its hardware and software offering, which include cloud-based occupancy analytics and Bluetooth-based indoor location service. Including occupancy sensors in luminaires paves way for the opportunity to collect enormous amounts of information about what’s happening in a building, which we can collect in the cloud and offer back to tenants and property owners as actionable imminent.
With a two-pronged task to optimize commercial workplaces, Senzo IT is looking to them healthier and productive. The company also wants to get rid of the multifaceted and expensive waste of empty and unused desks, rooms, and floors.
Senzo IT is deploying sensors and information technology in its campaign for better buildings. LED luminaires can connect to the sensors that, when tied into smart control systems, can do so a lot of things to advance the operation of workplace facilities. They can tune lighting levels to most favorable brightness and wavelengths to ease worker morale and output.
Senzo IT is not essentially looking to implant its sensors in LED luminaires. In actual fact, Senzo’s sensors can frequently work better when not mounted within the light. For instance, sensors that calculate light intensity are more dependable when mounted at ground level. When they’re mounted in a luminaire in ceilings, they reproduce a deceptive brighter intensity than what’s really hitting the genuine place of work.
Mivune creates software that renews the control of building systems like lighting, heating and cooling, etc. The Mivune OS is not an operating system as such but is middleware written in the Java programming language. In standard, it can run on top of any operating system such as Windows and Linux.
The initiative is to facilitate building operators to centrally control systems through a computer screen, and to also offer the individual users the aptitude to control systems with the help of their smartphones.
It offers a number of features to obtainable controls like DALI and KNX, adding things like data, event logging, debugging, calendar, licensing, commissioning, configuration, and connection to web browsers and cloud computing systems. The technology comes initially from ETH, the famous Swiss technology university, also known as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
EnModus provides a technology that carries data to and from ceiling luminaires with the help of the conventional wiring system. The system, known as Wattwave, is inxpensive as compared to other wired approach to smart lighting, Power over Ethernet (PoE). Like with PoE, the same cable carries both data and electricity to LED light fixtures.
In addition, Wattwave can trump a wireless move to smart lighting in examples where the physical environment makes it tricky to spread signals long distances through the air, such as in factories with high ceilings or in buildings full of structures that can wedge Wi-Fi signals. The technology is also suitable for controlling and monitoring other systems powered by electricity.
Anything that’s in the building plugged into the mains, we can monitor and control and the company will soon be able to tie a building’s heating, cooling, security, fire alarm, and other systems into Wattwave.