Lighting and the IoT

Lighting and the IoT

This piece was originally published in the April 2018 issue of electroindustry.

Steve Rood, Director, Codes & Standards EWS, Legrand/Pass & Seymour

The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) presents a new era for the built environment, with the connected-device market in the building sector expected to grow by more than 20 percent a year by 2020. Total spending on IoT solutions is projected to grow to as much as $11 trillion in the next ten years.[1]

In response to these changes, software programs can amplify communications and provide enhanced value for personal and professional customers. One opportunity for leveraging this strategy lies in smart lighting devices and solutions. Recent developments give users a choice between IP networks such as Thread and Wi-Fi.

Partnerships with Samsung, Amazon, Google, and other industry consortiums are also important in order to deliver the most open, secure, and interoperable platforms for connected wiring devices. Security in smart lighting is doubly ensured by using transport layer security and industry-standard cryptographic algorithms to protect communication between devices and the cloud.

Further, devices must be able to receive over-the-air updates to ensure the latest security and interoperability standards. Installation is another key metric: switches, dimmers, and outlets must install easily and adapt quickly to user needs.

The challenge of digitalization and IoT can be daunting, but if your solutions offer enhanced value, ease of use, and respect for the user, then you can ensure that the devices and systems will last long into the constantly shifting future.

[1] Memoori, The Internet of Things in Smart Buildings 2014 to 2020, 2014,

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