IoT-Ready Alliance launches Internet of Things interface specification to deliver future-proof buildings

The IoT-Ready Alliance introduced this week its first specification, the IoT-Ready Interface Specification V1.0 that 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 network-protocol independent, which enables IoT-Ready-compliant products to utilise any networking protocol, either wired or wireless and is suitable for all LED lighting and building control networks.

IoT-Ready is an alliance of lighting, building management, and Internet of Things (IoT) companies and organizations that are creating a common standard for IoT-enabled lighting fixtures. This standard will ensure all new LED lighting fixtures can be shipped with a standard socket to add intelligent IoT sensors to the fixture after the fixture has been installed.

The IoT-Ready Standard specifies all interface elements: mechanical, electrical and software; provides a line of interoperable solutions to Smart Building IoT interface problems; and allows in-field retrofit, replacements and upgrades without disassembly. It also includes specification that is  developed under a Royalty-free license; works with any network protocol including Thread, BLE, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, IP and Ethernet, and is backwards compatible with legacy lighting controls.

The standard can be implemented with traditional lighting controls until IoT is needed; provides a low-cost option to future-proof luminaires or other system components in buildings; and is suitable for a range of applications, from simple low-cost lighting control to high-end IoT sensing.

“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,” said Enlighted CEO Joe Costello. “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.”

“The Alliance has come a long way and in just one year, we have not only developed the IoT-Ready Interface Specification, but Tridonic is introducing the first IoT-Ready LED driver based on the Specification and available for purchase today,” said Karl Jónsson, Chief Commercial Officer, Tridonic. “For Tridonic, as an IoT solutions provider with deep experience in lighting and new player in the U.S., our goal is to bring real differentiating value to the industry. We can accomplish this through our collaborations with the IoT-Ready members. We look forward to creating additional products based on the IoT-Ready Specification for the U.S. marketplace.”

“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,” said Evan Petridis, chair of the IoT-Ready Alliance Technical Committee. “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.”


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