Data Is the New Lighting as Philips Unfurls IoT Platform - Energy Watch News

Data Is the New Lighting as Philips Unfurls IoT Platform

In the biggest declaration yet that the Internet of Things represents the industry’s future, the world’s largest lighting company, Philips Lighting, unveiled an IoT platform that turns lighting into a byword for collecting and analyzing data about everything, everywhere. Sounding as much the head of an IT company as a lighting company, CEO Eric Rondolat repeatedly emphasized the importance of data acquisition and analytics in introducing the new lights-to-cloud-and-back capability, called Interact. Interact puts sensors and chips into lights and the lighting infrastructure to spot activity such as room occupancy, road traffic, and air quality. It connects this information through wired and wireless communication networks to a cloud computing system that provides analysis such as how to better use space inside a commercial building, and how to improve the flow of cars on a highway. The company is showing all of the new IoT wares and services, including Interact, at the Light+Building trade fair in Frankfurt.

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