AllSeen to Shine a Light on Internet of Things
The IoT consortium has formed a working group that will develop an open standard for smart lighting.The AllSeen Alliance, one of several industry consortiums developing open standards for the Internet of things, is turning its attention to lights in homes and businesses. AllSeen, which launched 10 months ago, is putting together the Connected Lighting Working Group, which will develop an open framework that will enable smart light bulbs to communicate with people or other connected devices. Such capabilities would open up a realm of possibilities in a range of areas, from energy conservation to security. "Connected lighting has the potential to be one of the most dramatic applications of the Internet of Everything in homes and businesses," Marc Alexander, CTO at smart lighting company LIFX and chairman of AllSeen's Connected Lighting Working Group, said in a statement. "To meet that potential, lights need the ability to proximally discover one another and other things, regardless of brand, platform or OS. That's why there is a strong need in the market for a connected lighting framework based on open standards." AllSeen, which has 80 members that include tech vendors and appliance makers, is creating an open framework based on the AllJoyn code originally developed by Qualcomm engineers. The Internet of things (IoT) envisions a world where billions of smart appliances and devices communicate with each other. Analysts and tech vendors estimate that, by 2020, there will be between 26 billion and 50 billion connected systems, from smartphones and tablets to cars, industrial systems and home appliances. Ensuring that these devices can communicate through an open framework is the goal of AllSeen and similar groups.
Lighting is the first focus area for AllSeen, and with good reason. The group cited numbers from market research firm TechNavio indicating that the connected lighting market will grow 36.4 percent a year between 2013 and 2018.