IoT-Ready Alliance Introduces Standard for IoT-Enabled Lighting Fixtures

IoT Lighting

Smart buildings can now be built even easier with the introduction of a common standard for internet of things (IoT)-enabled lighting fixtures.

The IoT-Ready Alliance, a San Ramon, Calif.-based group of lighting, building management and IoT companies, this month introduced its first specification, The IoT-Ready Interface Specification V1.0, which defines a socket that allows any type of IoT sensor or control module to connect seamlessly to a luminaire or other building system.

“The specification achieves our design goals of broad industry support, extensibility, low-cost and simplicity of implementation,” said Evan Petridis, chair of the group’s technical committee. “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.”

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“Now, the IoT-Ready Alliance wants to ensure that all the LED lighting fixtures can be shipped with a standard socket to easily add intelligent IoT sensors to the fixture after the fixture has been installed,” as stated by Bitcoin Exchange Guide.

Key benefits of adopting the IoT-Ready Standard include:

  • It specifies all interface elements: mechanical, electrical and software
  • It provides a complete family of interoperable solutions to smart building IoT interface problems
  • It allows in-field retrofit, replacements and upgrades without disassembly
  • Specification is developed under a royalty-free license
  • It works with any network protocol including Thread, BLE, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, IP/Ethernet, etc.
  • It is backwards compatible with legacy lighting controls
  • It can be implemented with traditional lighting controls until IoT is needed
  • It provides a low-cost option to future-proof luminaires or other system components in buildings
  • It is suitable for a range of applications, from simple low-cost lighting control to high-end IoT sensing

The alliance’s co-founding firms Tridonic GmbH & Co KG and Enlighted Inc. are debuting their first products based on the new specification this week at Lightfair International in Chicago. Tridonic is showcasing the first IoT-Ready LED driver interacting with several systems, and Enlighted will be presenting its 5th-generation smart sensor based on the new standard.

“We look forward to collaborating with the member companies to develop new technologies to speed the adoption of LED lighting and enable smarter buildings,” said Enlighted CEO Joe Costello.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert has more than three decades of experience writing about the construction industry, and her articles have been featured in the Associated General Contractor’s Constructor magazine, the American Fence Association’s Fencepost, the...

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