Global lighting tech giant Philips Lighting, soon to be renamed as ‘Signify’, today announced a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform ‘Interact’. This, the company said, will enable its professional customers to unlock the full potential of connected lighting for the IoT. The platform supports the company’s strategy to deliver new data-enabled services as value expands from lighting products and systems to services.
Also, the company announced the connected lighting systems that can generate and upload data to its Interact IoT platform to power a “growing” portfolio of data-enabled services.
According to the company, the lighting technology major has installed 29 million connected light points worldwide and plans for every new LED product it produces to be connectable by 2020. This growing number of connected light points, sensors and devices, as well as systems, can collect large volumes of data for which Interact has been designed to handle. The “highly” secure, “scalable” cloud-based Interact platform uses “sophisticated” and modern data management and data processing capabilities, including machine learning, to bring sense to all manner of data — creating data-enabled services for customers that will deliver benefits beyond illumination.
This means, the company said, the service enables occupancy data from different buildings is combined and analyzed to help managers to understand and predict how people use office space. Such insights can help deliver savings by optimising the use of existing office space and support better designed, more efficient buildings.
In addition, data from authorised third-parties can also be analysed by Interact. For example, for a municipal authority, news articles and social media posts, reacting to a new lighting installation on a bridge, can be analysed and data sent to a social impact app dashboard that summarises the public sentiment.
“First, we led the way in energy efficient LED lighting, then in connecting lighting to deliver operational benefits for our customers. Now that light points are smart enough to collect data on their performance and the environment around them, we are tapping into that intelligence. By analysing the data from our connected lights, devices and systems, our goal is to create additional value for our customers through data-enabled services that unlock new capabilities and experiences,” said Harsh Chitale, leader of Philips Lighting’s professional business.
According to Chitale, Interact is also designed to foster innovation from third-party developers, development partners and customers. It includes a developer portal and a “growing” suite of licensed APIs, so that various data-enabled services can be developed.
In a similar move, the company has unveiled Interact connected lighting systems to support customers to improve their lighting experiences and also generate and upload data to the Interact IoT platform. These connected lighting systems, the company said, offering a unified user experience, feature applications that address industry-specific verticals. This includes: ‘Interact City’ for public space lighting, roads, streets, pedestrian areas, parks and plazas; ‘Interact Landmark’ for architectural lighting; ‘Interact Office’for offices and commercial buildings; ‘Interact Retail’ for large retail and food stores; and ‘Interact Sports’ for stadiums.
Later this year, the company will launch ‘Interact Industry’, which will be geared to the specific lighting needs of factories, warehouses and logistics centers. Other segment-specific Interact lighting systems will be added to the Interact portfolio in the months ahead, the company also informed.