Lunera Introduces Smart Lighting Platform with No Hardware or Firmware Licensing Fees

Santa Clara, California-based Lunera reported that lighting producer Technical Consumer Products Inc. (TCP) is the first lighting maker to incorporate Lunera’s Smart Lighting Platform into their products.

Lunera’s smart lighting platform for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) includes an open and secure, cloud-based IoT software platform and a royalty-free Smart Module reference design. According to Lunera, the smart lighting solution integrates into lighting maker’ standard LED products such as lamps, luminaires, retrofit kits, and accessories. In addition, the platform gives OEMs access to a robust set of end-user applications that Lunera developed as well as a wide-ranging ecosystem of third-party software developers.

Lunera Smart Lighting (Ambient Compute/IoT) platform diagram

Lunera Smart Lighting (Ambient Compute/IoT) platform diagram

The company says its novel approach gives LED lighting producers a definite cost advantage in terms of material and design work. Furthermore, the company claims that its Smart Module reference design furnishes data speed and scale advantages over other available OEM solutions.

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Additionally, Lunera micro-service architecture, which the company says it made from the ground up for security, is said to enable rapid development and deployment of applications. Lunera asserts that with its Smart Lighting solution platform lighting makers can go from a standard, non-connected LED product to a fully cloud-connected, highly differentiated Smart Product in just a few months.

No Hardware or Firmware Licensing Fees

Lunera says it works with lighting producers to integrate its Smart Module reference design and offers the firmware for Smart-ready products. Then, the lighting manufacturer can distribute their own Smart-ready luminaires, lamps, or retrofit kits via their existing channels. In order to make the platform as economical as possible, OEMs using the company’s smart lighting development platform pay no hardware or firmware licensing fees paid to Lunera.

“We recognize the forward thinking that the team at TCP demonstrated when considering how best to deliver a robust, open, networked lighting system which supports interoperability to ensure long term value for their customers,” said John Bruggeman, CEO of Lunera. “They chose our solution because it is easy and cost-effective to implement and it demonstrates leadership with their customers by delivering an elegant energy management platform that extends to offer sophisticated indoor location services capability,” Bruggeman continued.

“The core of our business is developing and manufacturing energy-efficient lighting products for practical applications and now our customer base will have access to Lunera’s software expertise demonstrated in their open, cloud-connected Smart Lighting Platform,” stated Ellis Yan, CEO of TCP. “The customer experience will be simple. Customers will be able to install our Smart-ready products as they would any standard lighting product, and when ready, they can realize added-value from our lighting retrofit by connecting to the Lunera Smart Lighting Platform. This is the first step for them to easily transform their lighting system into a smart building infrastructure.”

Lunera points out that TCP Smart-ready luminaires and LED lamps connected to the Lunera Smart Lighting Platform can form what the company describes as a universal IoT gateway infrastructure that can enable energy management such as networked lighting controls, and location-based services. Also, the company insists that commercial and industrial customers such as hotels, retailers, warehouses, corporate campuses, airports, schools, and hospitals can quickly deploy a future-proofed smart building infrastructure with Smart-enabled TCP products. TCP is working with Lunera to have products commercially available for customers sometime in 2018.

Platform Creates IoT (Ambient Computing) Backbone

The smart lighting platform can serve as an IoT backbone (or as the company describes it next-generation ambient computing) with potential services including Networked Lighting Controls (NLC), occupancy-based HVAC integration, energy management such as automated demand response, and a multitude of Real-Time Location-based Services (RTLS) like indoor GPS, as well as space utilization mapping and asset and people tracking, and proximity messaging.

According to Lunera, buildings utilizing Smart OEM products connected to the platform experience extraordinary system Wi-Fi bandwidth. The system can reportedly track more than 50 assets per device. The company claims that commissioning is done in minutes through software, and that the costs of installing and maintaining gateways, beacons, routers, or controllers is eliminated.

Another benefit of the platform, the company notes is that independent software developers can easily access the cloud-based Smart Lighting Platform micro-services software through APIs (application program interface).

Their apps are then made available in the cloud-based Lunera Marketplace, similar to Apple or Google app stores.

Interested lighting manufacturers should contact Lunera at 877-354-3870 to speak with an OEM relations team member or send an email to oemsmartlighting@lunera.com.