IoT Interface Specification Future-proofs Smart Buildings

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To make the installation of the Internet of things (IoT) technology in luminaires easy today and in the future, the IoT-Ready Alliance introduced its IoT-Ready Interface Specification V1.0.

The alliance established a year ago, comprises leading lighting, building management and IoT companies which aim to create a common standard for IoT-enabled lighting fixtures.

The Specification defines a socket that allows any type of IoT sensor or control module to connect seamlessly to a luminaire or other building system.

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Notably, 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.

Products based on the new IoT Interface specification:

Alliance co-founders Tridonic and Enlighted also announced their first products based on the new Specification at Lightfair International from May 8-10, 2018.

Tridonic showcased the first IoT-Ready LED driver interacting with several systems such as its net4more and including Enlighted’s IoT Solution for smart buildings. Enlighted unveiled the Enlighted Sensor based on the new standard.

Key benefits of adopting the new 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
  • 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
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Karl Jónsson, Chief Commercial Officer, Tridonic Inc. said, “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. For Tridonic, as an IoT solutions provider with deep experience in lighting and a new player in the U.S., our goal is to bring real differentiating value to the industry. We can accomplish this through our collaborations with the IoT-Ready members. We look forward to creating additional products based on the IoT-Ready Specification for the U.S. marketplace.”

Both the Tridonic IoT-Ready LED driver and Enlighted IoT-Ready sensor are available for purchase.

For more information, visit: www.iot-ready.org

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