Developing the internet of lights
Follwing the trends of the creation of the "The Internet of Things" (IoT) and the rapid penetration of SSL based lighting, it is very advantageous to connect the luminaires in buildings to the Internet. OpenAIS defined an open system architecture for inclusion of lighting for professional applications in to IoT, with a focus on office lighting. This enables a transition from the currently existing closed and command oriented lighting control systems to an open and service oriented system architecture.
Openness and service orientation enables an eco-system of suppliers of interoperable components and a market for apps that exploit the lighting system to add value beyond the lighting function. Added value can e.g. be related to more efficient use of the building, reduction of carbon footprint and increased comfort and wellbeing. In addition, IoT will facilitate smooth and effective interaction of the lighting system with other functions in a building such as e.g. HVAC, security and access control. Extensibility and security of the system architecture are important aspects and will be guaranteed.
The OpenAIS project defined the requirements and use cases for offices in 2020, defined the best open system architecture, identify existing ICT components to be used and develop additional components. The system was validated by a pilot installation in a real office setting.
The key innovations of the system architecture have been transferred to standardization bodies (ie OMA/IPSO, Fairhair), fostering the creation of the leading standard for Internet connected lighting. The project brought together a strong collaboration of the leading lighting companies Zumtobel, Tridonic, and Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) and the major players in IoT technology ARM, NXP and Dynniq. Consortium partner Johnson Controls represented the end user and the building management industry. Academic knowledge on ICT and system architecture was present through TU/e and TNO-ESI.