We live in a world of “hyperconnectivity”, which is a term invented by Canadian social scientists Anabel Quan-Haase and Barry Wellman (source) in 2001. Think of how digitally interconnected we are to the physical world around us. Beyond the smartphones, tablets, and computers we use each day, there are countless smart sensors in the cars we drive, the places we work, and the communities we live in.
For the lighting industry, and especially in commercial applications, Internet of Things (IoT) has brought forth a plethora of smart lighting solutions with the promise of greater energy savings and future capabilities (e.g. indoor positioning) that can transform how we transform our work space. While the benefits are exciting, the smart lighting journey can be intimidating and confusing. If you take the wrong turn, you may end up with one of the three undesirable outcomes that my colleague Al Marble explained in his LEDs Magazine webinar from May 30 2018. If you are a lighting designer or specifier, can you afford to design a smart lighting system that has high risk of incompatibility, largely unanticipated operating cost, or a proprietary solution that looks like an island paradise?