OpenAIS project fosters all-IP based LED lighting configuration

April 04, 2018 //By Julien Happich
OpenAIS project fosters all-IP based LED lighting configuration
Over the past three years a consortium of leading European companies worked on the OpenAIS project, partly funded by the EU within the Horizon 2020 program, to address the challenges of the Internet of Lights.

Connecting the luminaires in buildings to the Internet offers many advantages and creates new areas of business opportunities. However, standard IoT protocols and components are not optimized for the particular requirements of a lighting (control) system in a professional building.

The OpenAIS project developed technical solutions to fulfil the requirements of a professional lighting system, building as much as possible on existing and emerging IoT standards and components and adding only what was really necessary. The resulting OpenAIS system architecture enables advanced IP based lighting controls, and in addition the use of the lighting system as an infrastructure for other services.

OpenAIS aims at setting the leading IoT-standard for inclusion of lighting for professional applications, with a focus on office lighting. This will enable a transition from the closed and command oriented lighting control systems currently used, to an open and service oriented system architecture.

Openness and service orientation aims to create an eco-system of suppliers of interoperable components and a market for apps that exploit the lighting system to add value beyond the lighting function. Added value can for example be related to more efficient use of the building, reduction of carbon footprint and increased comfort and wellbeing. In addition, IoT will facilitate smooth and effective interaction of the lighting system with other functions in a building such as HVAC, security, room booking and occupancy. Extensibility and security of the system architecture are important aspects and is guaranteed.

At the upcoming OpenAIS symposium, consortium members will present the project results and learnings,  and will demonstrate the pilot implementation of the OpenAIS architecture in the industrial heritage building “De Witte Dame” in Eindhoven (NL).

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