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Philips launches IoT platform for connected lighting

Steve Rogerson
April 10, 2018

Philips Lighting, which has just changed its name to Signify, has announced an IoT platform called Interact that will let its professional users unlock the potential of connected lighting.
The platform supports the company’s strategy to deliver data-enabled services as value expands from lighting products and systems to services. The company also announced connected lighting systems that can generate and upload data to its Interact IoT platform to power a growing portfolio of data-enabled services.
The Dutch company has already 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 can collect large volumes of data for which Interact was designed to handle.
The secure, scalable cloud-based platform uses data management and data processing capabilities, including machine learning, to bring sense to all manner of data, creating data-enabled services that will deliver benefits beyond illumination.
A typical example of such a service is occupancy data from different buildings, combined and analysed to help managers 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,” said Harsh Chitale, leader of Philips Lighting’s professional business unit. “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.”
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.
Interact is also the name of the connected lighting systems that will not only support users to improve their lighting experiences but can also generate and upload data to the IoT platform. These connected lighting systems, offering a unified user experience, feature applications that address industry-specific verticals. Available now are:

  • 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 plans to launch Interact Industry, which will be geared to the specific lighting needs of factories, warehouses and logistics centres. Other segment-specific lighting systems will be added to the portfolio in the months ahead.