IoT-Ready Alliance Introduces Its First IoT-Ready Interface Specification V1.0

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IoT-Ready Alliance Introduces Its First IoT-Ready Interface Specification V1.0

The IoT-Ready Alliance introduces its first IoT-Ready Interface Specification V1.0, which defines a socket allowing any type of IoT control module to connect seamlessly to a luminaire or other building system.

The IoT-Ready Alliance, an alliance of leading lighting, building management, and Internet of Things (IoT) companies creating a common standard for IoT-enabled lighting fixtures, introduces its first specification, the IoT-Ready  Interface Specification V1.0. The launch coincides with the alliance’s one-year anniversary.

The IoT-Ready Alliance is a trademark of the IoT-Ready Alliance, formed last year to address the U.S. market. The IoT-Ready Alliance was set up by industry-leading organizations like Enlighted, Tridonic and DesignLights Consortium with the aim to establish a standard for “IoT-Ready” light fixtures that can easily be upgraded with sensors and connectivity modules after installation.

The IoT-Ready Alliance today is an industry organization working to make it easy for all LED lighting fixtures and the buildings they are installed to be made “smart’ by simply plugging in a compatible IoT sensor. This standard is suitable for all LED lighting and building control networks.

According to the press release, the Internet of Things Interface Specification defines a socket that allows any type of Internet of Things (IoT) sensor or control module to connect seamlessly to a luminaire or other building system. The standard is independent from network-protocol, which enables utilising both wired and wireless networking protocols by IoT-Ready-compliant products. What is more, it will ensure all new LED lighting fixtures can be shipped with a standard socket to easily add intelligent IoT sensors to the fixture after the fixture has been installed.

Enlighted CEO Joe Costello said: “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. We are announcing our 5th generation 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.”

Alliance co-founders Tridonic and Enlighted are announcing their first products based on the new Specification at Lightfair International in Chicago, Ill. from May 8-10, 2018. IoT-Ready Alliance member companies have access to specifications. They gain early insight into new channels and markets as well as collaborate openly with a range of forward-thinking smart lighting and IoT companies. The result is industry-leading technology standardization that enables the Internet of Things.

“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. Now that our first Specification is published and products are on the market, we look forward to working together with other technical standards bodies in the lighting, building management, and IoT spaces to ensure a single set of coherent standards world-wide,” said Evan Petridis, Chair of the IoT-Ready Alliance Technical Committee.

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