As organizations weigh the many variables around retrofitting for lighting and building control automation, now is the time to understand the value of open standards. For many organizations, the push for open standards will start with wireless lighting controls. The initial ROI calculations show lighting as the low-hanging fruit for initial entry into wireless control. By choosing open standard-based lighting control systems, organizations provide themselves with an easy upgrade to other related controls, such as thermostats, plug-loads, CO2 sensors, and more.
The flexibility of open standards allows the ability to tie into existing lighting control frameworks without needing to buy a separate system to manage each additional device or system. As a result, wireless lighting controls are a catalyst ushering building controls into the Enterprise Internet of Things (E-IoT).
The interoperability of multiple applications under open standards-based wireless control forms the foundation for the E-IoT.
Looking back to move ahead
In the early days of networking (pre-Ethernet protocol) proprietary protocols hurt adoption rates and held up networking innovation in the process. It wasn’t until Ethernet came onto the scene that the other interconnected technologies could proliferate. For example, in the case of notebook computers with Wi-Fi capabilities, while there are several notebook and router vendors, connectivity is not an issue because customers know that all laptops communicate with all routers. Just as open standards drove rapid advancements in other industries such as computers, the same approach is expected to drive the smart lighting and building automation industry. Innovators use standards to advance technology with the knowledge that their products will work the same every time.
By 2020, the growth of the smart lighting market is expected to reach $56 billion at an estimated CAGR of 16 percent, while the total global market for networked lighting controls will be over $5 billion. In an industry currently dominated by proprietary systems, it’s believed that open standards-based wireless technologies will be the catalyst