Lunera IoT Strategy Focuses on End-Device Capability with Reduced Need for Communication with Cloud

Like many other LED lighting makers, Lunera has chosen to delve into the IoT Lighting market. However, unlike other IoT Lighting product makers, Lunera has introduced several IoT related products and technologies all at once in what one industry observer described as a bold leap into the IoT market.

Lunera of Santa Clara, California USA an IoT infrastructure company, reported that the firm is launching Lunera Smart Lamps, the Lunera Ambient Compute software platform and the Lunera Ambient Compute Marketplace. The company’s Smart Lamp embeds advanced IoT-edge technology including sensors, networking, computing, and controls directly into the end-cap of a LED bulb.

The approach that Lunera is taking to their IoT technology appears significantly different from most of its competitors. The company is focusing on integrating the technology into the end luminaires and bulbs so that less communication is needed to and from the cloud. The company claims that this alternative IoT strategy is more secure and uses much less bandwidth than conventional IoT-connected light systems that do most any operation, computation, or sensing at the cloud.

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While the Lunera Ambient Compute software platform automatically creates a self-organizing, Wi-Fi mesh network that is always connected to the cloud, at least some of the processing that would have required communication with the cloud can be done at the device itself.
Furthermore, the company claims that its technology can connect billions of IoT devices to the cloud. The network supports devices that use Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, EnOcean, and IEEE 802.15.4 protocols.

Each Lunera Smart Lamp uses embedded processors, memory, and storage that with the help of the Lunera Ambient Compute platform can create what the company calls a fog and edge cloud. According to Lunera, this fog and edge cloud lets users lessen their dependency on the cloud, reduce latency, increase speed, improve security and privacy, and lower costs.

“Not too long ago, we went from believing that the computer is the computer, to understanding that the network is the computer. Today, Lunera is leading the next shift, one that has the potential to be even bigger: the network is everything around us,” said John Bruggeman, CEO, Lunera. “Until now, no one has conceived of the light bulb as the network or the platform for ambient computing. We believe Lunera is perfectly situated to realize the promise of this new compute paradigm.”

Like other IoT-Connected lighting systems, when deployed within indoor settings on a massive scale, Lunera says its technology can enable context-aware applications.

Potential applications for the system include indoor wayfinding, asset tracking, and Wi-Fi monitoring, proximity messaging, monitoring space utilization, offering occupancy-based HVAC control and providing automated demand response to run in and between the cloud, the edge and the device itself.
Applications from Lunera and third-parties are available in the Lunera Ambient Compute Marketplace.

Lunera points out that light bulbs are everywhere in an indoor space. For this reason, Lunera claims that LED light bulbs can serve as the ideal hardware to drive the shift to ambient computing. Additionally, the company says that leveraging its patented, plug-and-play technology, can justify an end-to-end deployment based on the money saved from reduced energy consumption.

Lunera says it built its Ambient Compute Marketplace on an open, standards-based microservice architecture
This architecture, according to Lunera, enables rapid development, deployment and integration of third-party IoT ecosystem applications.

First Wave of Marketplace-Available Applications

Among numerous supported applications, the Lunera Ambient Compute Marketplace supports real-time location-based services that transform each lamp into a beacon that can both transmit and receive signals. The company’s Ambient Compute Software platform supports both Apple iBeacon and Google Eddystone for indoor GPS, proximity messaging, asset tracking, and space utilization.

The company claims that unlike traditional lighting-based beacons, its LED lighting based beacon system can deliver pinpoint accuracy and can connect to the cloud. Overall, the company says that the location-based services using its Ambient Compute Software platform allow customers to create new revenue streams via the offer of new services. At the same time, Lunera says that such location-based services can help protect important assets, secure, and optimize indoor settings, and allow end users to find indoor places quickly.

Also, the Marketplace offers IoT networking that Lunera says enables connectivity of everything smart to achieve the full potential of the IoT within indoor settings. Also, the company says that using its technology customers will be able to watch the usage levels of their Wi-Fi networks to assure better predictability, reliability and always-on availability while reducing the cost of operations.

Utilizing Wi-Fi connectivity, Lunera says that each lamp will be able to send energy usage data to the cloud for interpretation and action, and each lamp can be adjusted automatically to its surroundings.

The company also says it offers Automated Demand Response (ADR) controls at the lamp and HVAC level, its technology can deliver occupancy-based HVAC control.

“Every day we are presented with ‘innovative’ technologies that will improve our employees’ work experience and increase productivity,” said Brett Hautop, senior director of global design and build, “However, very rarely do we encounter a company like Lunera that has such a unique approach to change the way context-based applications are run in and between the cloud, further changing the way we all operate.”

Several business have already begun to take advantage of Lunera’s lighting and IoT-based services including Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport, Jabil Inc., and IDI Logistics.

DFW Airport

“DFW Airport is committed to leveraging technology to create new experiences for our customers and further enhance our sustainability efforts,” said Robert Horton, vice president environmental affairs, DFW Airport. Lunera shares our vision for innovation, and we look forward to partnering with them to find creative solutions with a variety of applications to improve the customer experience.”

Jabil Inc.

“At Jabil, we partner with companies that help us deliver the best, most innovative technology to our customers,” said David Kipling, vice president, commercial & industrial energy efficiency business, Jabil Inc. “We see the enormous potential of Lunera’s software platform and the significant role it will play in enabling a rich ecosystem of value-added services, particularly around asset tracking and energy management. Lunera has the vision, technology and expertise to enable the shift to context-aware, automated applications and services.”

IDI Logistics – a portfolio company of Brookfield Property Group

“We welcome the opportunity to work with Lunera in an effort to create new customer experiences that enhance the value and operational efficiency of our industrial portfolio,” Paul Roeser, senior vice president, global head of corporate development at IDI Logistics – a portfolio company of Brookfield Property Group. “We believe in the shared value of connectivity, and look forward to developing innovative applications on the new Lunera Ambient Compute platform while also providing our customers with the best possible lighting for their operational demands.”