Project overview

The objectives of OpenAIS are:

  • To prepare the EU lighting industry to successfully supply products for 2020’s offices, and maintain its leading position.
  • To define an optimized and well thought-through open system architecture, based on IP to the  luminaires, and have it accepted by the European lighting industry
  • To standardize this system architecture, either during the project, or after the project
  • To put the European lighting industry within a renewed value space of components, services and applications in office lighting based on this architecture.
  • Contribute to Europe’s energy reduction goals by combining the full power of IoT technology, LED technology and Smart Grid into a dominant lighting technology.

OpenAIS integrates concerns of all stakeholders and strengthens their

  • End users experience a high quality, adaptive and anticipatory lighting system. They have full control through simple interactions, including the use of their smartphones, and experience that the system improves its behaviour over time.
  • Building managers have information and tools to manage their building. Automatic and robust energy management and optimization of room occupancy increases efficiency of use of the building. Commissioning information is easy and fast and seamlessly included into the upcoming world of “Building Information Management” (BIM). BIM systems will be prevalent before 2020 and aim to reduce construction costs by eliminating repeated tasks over the full lifecycle of design, construction and facility management. Buildings are more and more used in a flexible way; the ability to adapt lighting easily to new use of a building is a great advantage. Personalisation and optimal comfort is becoming a discriminating success factor for the on the  office rental market. In addition, regulations will require CO2 neutrality for buildings
  • Installers and commissioners experience that the plug ‘n play commissioning is straightforward and robust; a basic high-quality functionality is available out of the box
  • The building owner has a highly efficient building which can easily be (re-)used for multiple purposes. The system is extensible and capable to evolve with new technological developments.
  • Manufacturers of electronic components can reduce and focus their investments because of the open system with open standardised interfaces; they integrate their components based on standard specifications.
  • A special category is formed by application developers that use the open interfaces to develop new applications (“apps”) that can be downloaded and installed by users, building managers or other stakeholders.

Although the application focus of OpenAIS is on office buildings and other professional buildings,
most to-be-developed concepts will transfer to other indoor lighting environments. As the lighting  system in a building is a subsystem of the building management system, this project will also address the interfaces of the lighting subsystem to its environment including the advancing
European Smart Grid developments.