The OpenAIS project will have impact in three ways:
- Continuation of industrial leadership of the European industry: Until now, most of the luminaires for European buildings are supplied by European companies. In the coming years there will be a transition to Internet connected luminaires in the market. The OpenAIS project will enable European lighting companies to continue their leading position in the European market. For European IT companies, the transition to IoT connected luminaires offers an opportunity to setup an IT infrastructure and create new applications for the 182 million light points for offices that will be sold globally per year in the year 2020. This new market will create employment in Europe. In addition, the presence of connected light points in buildings will allow other devices to be connected to either the lighting system or the Internet, offering a wide variety of new added value applications. This project targets an open architecture and it is expected that many (new) companies will grab the opportunity to develop and sell new devices and applications. As European companies know their customers in Europe best, they can best take advantage of this opportunity.
- Major benefits for the users through the wide market introduction of intelligent lighting systems: Towards 2020 connected light points will be present in buildings everywhere. Once the OpenAIS system has been introduced it will allow for more efficient utilization of the building and it will lead to lower operational cost and increased safety. The IoT allows daily users to directly access the lighting for advanced lighting and comfort. Third parties can develop advanced applications for the OpenAIS system to control the lights and get access to other functions like heating, cooling and ventilation.
- Increased sustainability: OpenAIS will reduce carbon footprint and CO2 emissions of European buildings. Intelligent luminaires according to the new open system architecture will use 30% less energy because of context of use awareness. Studies show even higher improvement benefits (more than 50%) due to the highly granular lighting controls4. With current lighting controls systems, like e.g. DALI, the complexity of installation and the likelihood of mistakes during installation, often leads to unforeseen installation costs and hampers wide introduction of controlled lighting systems. It is beyond any doubt that lighting controls reduce energy consumption. The OpenAIS system architecture will deploy proven methods for installation and commissioning from the IT industry. This allows fast adoption of technology and hence facilitates massive penetration of lighting controls. Moreover it helps Smart grid technology to access a substantial user of energy.