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Osram buys US software provider

Via integrated sensors, the platform facilitates customised applications beyond lighting control

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The acquisition will enable Osram to offer future-focused digital solutions that go beyond lighting
The acquisition will enable Osram to offer future-focused digital solutions that go beyond lighting

Digital Lumens, which specialises in industrial IoT (IIoT) solutions, has been bought by lighting manufacturer Osram.


The Boston-based company’s software platform can be used to run applications covering everything from intelligent lighting control, energy use, and security systems to the measurement of environmental parameters such as air quality. The cloud-based platform is said to be compatible with components and hardware of other manufacturers.


Osram said the acquisition will enable it to expand its business with digital lighting solutions and add to its expertise in software, sensors and connectivity.


“The acquisition of Digital Lumens puts Osram in a strong position when it comes to offering future-focused digital solutions for the facilities management sector and IoT applications,” said Stefan Kampmann, chief technology officer at Osram.


“By integrating software and sensors in a single platform, we will be able to give businesses a deeper insight into the environment within their buildings and their utilisation of space. As a company that understands space, Osram is taking the next step in developing new business models that go beyond lighting. What’s more, the platform is also compatible with light products made by other manufacturers.”


Customers using the Digital Lumens cloud-based IoT solution pay a monthly service charge to access data that is continually recorded and analysed by its lighting management system. This allows them to optimise business processes and document process-critical environmental variables.


Plans are in place to integrate some of Osram’s existing digital services into the platform. This includes the navigation and location solution Einstone, which uses Bluetooth to send targeted offers to users’ smartphones, for example, when they are in retail environments.


“I am delighted that we will be working with Osram’s technology experts to pave the way for further growth and new customer applications. Our existing and future customers can look forward to even more value-adding innovations,” added Tom Pincince, president and CEO of Digital Lumens.


Building on its existing product and services business, Osram said it intends to increasingly position itself not only as a provider of platform-based industrial IoT applications but also as a partner for tailor-made solutions, which optimise processes within buildings.



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