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Interact aims to unlock lighting potential

One of the early users of the Interact Office system is Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University in Dubai where sensors detect a person’s presence

Philips lights the way at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University
Philips lights the way at Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University

Philips Lighting has launched an Internet of Things (IoT) platform that aims to enable its professional customers to unlock the full potential of connected lighting for the IoT. The platform, called Interact and announced at this week’s Light+Building event in Frankfurt, Germany, supports the company’s strategy to deliver new data-enabled services.


Philips Lighting has already installed 29 million connected light points worldwide and plans for every new LED product it produces to be connectable by 2020. This growing number of connected light points, sensors and devices, as well as systems, can collect large volumes of data for which Interact was designed to handle.


The cloud-based Interact platform uses data-management and data-processing capabilities, including machine learning, to manage and analyse all manner of data. A typical example of the new service that could be offered is combining and analysing occupancy data from different buildings. This could help to predict how people use office space and deliver savings by optimising the use of existing space.


In addition, data from authorised third-parties can also be analysed by Interact. For example, for a municipal authority, news articles and social media posts, reacting to a new lighting installation on a bridge, can be analysed and data sent to a social impact app dashboard that summarises the public sentiment.


“Now that light points are smart enough to collect data on their performance and the environment around them, we are tapping into that intelligence,” said Harsh Chitale, leader of Philips Lighting’s professional business.


“By analysing the data from our connected lights, devices and systems, our goal is to create additional value for our customers through data-enabled services that unlock new capabilities and experiences.”


Interact is also designed to foster innovation from third-party developers, development partners and customers. It includes a developer portal and a growing suite of licensed APIs, so that various data-enabled services can be developed.


Interact is also the name of the connected lighting systems that will not only support customers to improve their lighting experiences but can also generate and upload data to the Interact IoT platform. These connected lighting systems, offering a unified user experience, feature applications that address industry-specific verticals. Available now are:

  • Interact City for public space lighting, roads, streets, pedestrian areas, parks and plazas
  • Interact Landmark for architectural lighting
  • Interact Office for offices and commercial buildings
  • Interact Retail for large retail and food stores
  • Interact Sports for stadiums.

Later this year, the company will launch Interact Industry, which will be geared to the specific lighting needs of factories, warehouses and logistics centres. Other segment-specific Interact lighting systems will be added to the Interact portfolio in the months ahead.


One of the early users of the Interact Office system is Dubai’s Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU). The connected lighting system supports the university’s commitment to use technology to make learning environments more engaging, adaptive and immersive.


Instead of using light switches, HBMSU’s lighting is controlled by occupancy sensors in luminaires that detect people’s presence, switching on and off lighting, by automatic adjustment of light levels according to the availability of natural daylight and by a smartphone/tablet app or from a central console.


Faculty staff can control light settings using a smartphone app, while students can be guided to rooms using an app that works with the company’s indoor navigation technology. Interact Office is integrated with the university’s Building Management System. Information on energy consumption, the performance of each light point and the occupancy of each room can be accessed on a mouse click.


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