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IoT lighting alliance is ready with its first standard

It defines a socket that allows any type of IoT sensor or control module to connect seamlessly to a luminaire

The new standard aims to speed the adoption of LED and enable smart buildings
The new standard aims to speed the adoption of LED and enable smart buildings

The IoT-Ready Alliance has introduced its first specification, the IoT-Ready Interface Specification V1.0 to help future-proof buildings.


The alliance, established a year ago, comprises leading lighting, building management and Internet of Things (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. The standard is network-protocol independent, which enables IoT-Ready-compliant products to utilise any networking protocol, either wired or wireless and is suitable for all LED lighting and building control networks.


"The Interface Specification is a very important first step by the IoT-Ready Alliance to make the installation of IoT technology in luminaires easy today, and in the future,” said Joe Costello, CEO of Enlighted, one of the co-founders of the alliance.


“We are announcing our 5thgeneration sensor at Lightfair International and it will be IoT-Ready Interface Specification compliant. We are also committed to ensuring all future sensors meet IoT-Ready standards. We look forward to collaborating with the member companies to develop new technologies to speed the adoption of LED lighting and enable smarter buildings."


Co-founder Tridonic is also introducing the first IoT-Ready LED driver based on the specification.


Evan Petridis, chair of the IoT-Ready Alliance technical committee, said: "We’re very pleased that our collaborative environment and focus on results has enabled us to converge on a robust specification so quickly.


“The specification achieves our design goals of broad industry support, extensibility, low-cost, and simplicity of implementation. In working with a range of companies from the lighting, lighting-control and IoT industries, I’ve seen what we can accomplish when we focus on results instead of defending industry turf."


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
  • its specification is developed under a royalty-free license
  • it works with any network protocol including Thread, BLE, ZigBee, Z-Wave, wi-fi, IP/Ethernet
  • it is backwards-compatible with legacy lighting controls and 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.

Tridonic and Enlighted are announcing their first products based on the new Specification at Lightfair International in Chicago, which runs 8-10 May.


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