SSL and IoT: Growing Pains and Future Outcomes
Wednesday, March 01, 2017: 1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
The current market turmoil driven by the confluence of two disruptive technologies, LED lighting and ubiquitous sensing and control (Internet of Things) is opening new market opportunities for augmented lighting systems. While much of what might be called Smart Lighting today is neither very good lighting or nor a very smart solution, there are indications of new areas and markets where the integration of advanced lighting capabilities uniquely enabled by LED (and perhaps laser) technology and embedded non-lighting systems (sensors and communications) will provide real value. Most of these new areas will seek to integrate responsive illumination and environmental awareness to simultaneously maximize energy savings, lighting quality, and data generation for other intelligent systems. Early applications will most likely be in the healthcare/eldercare fields, where value will be derived from quality of care improvements in order to compensate for the initial higher lighting system costs. Retail/commercial applications (mostly involving indoor GPS related services and low bitrate data communications) and digitized light sensing is also emerging as an early market driver. This talk will describe a taxonomy for describing advanced lighting systems, challenges and opportunities that remain for adoption, and other advanced SSL system developments coming down the road that will likely keep these disruptive technologies on the tip of its toes for the next several decades.