By Ellen Cools
November 16, 2017 — Lighting and LED driver manufacturers, Internet of Things (IoT) technology companies and industry groups have established the IoT-Ready Alliance, dedicated to creating a common standard for IoT-enabled lighting fixtures.
Initial industry participants include Click Technology Co. Ltd., Deco Lighting, DesignLights Consortium, Enlighted, ERP Power LLC, Orion Energy Systems, Tridonic, Universal Lighting Technologies, and more.
“There is tremendous urgency to enable today’s shipping LED luminaires to be easily upgraded with IoT technology. Otherwise, these luminaires condemn buildings to be unintelligent for the entire lifecycle of those fixtures,” said Enlighted CEO Joe Costello.
The Alliance is currently working to standardize the key interface characteristics needed to make this happen. Both fixture-integrated and external sensors are being addressed. The IoT-Ready standards will include definitions for electrical interfaces, connectors and mechanical form-factors.
Any organization interested in “driving the future of IoT and smart buildings” can join the Alliance.