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Energies 2017, 10(8), 1187; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10081187

The Internet of Lights: An Open Reference Architecture and Implementation for Intelligent Solid State Lighting Systems

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Embedded Systems Innovation by TNO, 5612 AP Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Eindhoven University of Technology, 5612 AZ Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Received: 30 June 2017 / Revised: 4 August 2017 / Accepted: 8 August 2017 / Published: 11 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Lighting Environments: Sensing and Control)
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is opening up new services and is stimulating changes in industries. The lighting industry is also embracing this change by establishing an Internet of Lights (IoL). This article highlights the main benefits and the challenges to face while going towards IoL. To address these challenges and cater to the specific requirements of lighting networks, an IoL reference architecture, Open Architecture for Intelligent Solid State Lighting Systems (OpenAIS), has been proposed. This article provides an overview of the OpenAIS architecture and explains how one can design specific systems based on this architecture. It also zooms into the configurations and design choices made in a pilot system in a real office building showing the validity of the architecture. A comparison of the OpenAIS system with a state-of-the-art commercial solution shows that IoL systems can exceed proprietary systems in several key performance indicators, such as security, interoperability, extensibility and openness. View Full-Text
Keywords: Internet of Things; Internet of Lights; reference architecture; lighting systems; building automation Internet of Things; Internet of Lights; reference architecture; lighting systems; building automation
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Mathews, E.; Guclu, S.S.; Liu, Q.; Ozcelebi, T.; Lukkien, J.J. The Internet of Lights: An Open Reference Architecture and Implementation for Intelligent Solid State Lighting Systems. Energies 2017, 10, 1187.

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