Philips Lighting Expands Interact Platform to All IoT Applications Using Lighting as a Backbone; Launches New Connected Lighting Systems

Previously, Philips Lighting launched Interact as an office IoT platform. (Ref. Coverage). Now the company has apparently expanded the Interact platform to include all IoT applications. The platform supports the Philips Lighting’s plan to deliver new data-enabled services as value extends from lighting products and systems to services.

The company also introduced new connected lighting systems that can generate and upload data to its Interact IoT platform to implement a burgeoning portfolio of data-enabled services. The company points out that it has already deployed 29 million connected light points worldwide and intends to make every new LED product it manufactures to be connectable by 2020.

This swelling number of connected light points, sensors and devices, as well as systems, can manage large volumes of data for which Interact was designed to handle. According to the company the scalable, and highly secure Interact platform uses advanced data management and data processing capabilities, including machine learning, to make sense of all types of data for creating data-enabled services for customers that will offer benefits beyond illumination.

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A common example of such a service is using data from sensors to estimate occupancy and define usage patterns in different buildings. Such occupancy and usage pattern data can be combined and analyzed to help managers understand and predict how people use office space. Such data-derived insights can help provide savings by identifying and suggesting ways to optimizing the use of existing office space and supporting better designed, more efficient buildings.

Interact Platform Can Analyze Data from Authorized Third-Parties

The company says that the Interact platform can also analyze data from authorized third-parties. Philips Lighting gives the example of , a municipal authority, that uses the system to track news articles and social media posts reacting to a new lighting installation on a bridge. The platform can analyze the data about articles and social media posts to help gauge and summarize public sentiment with a social impact app.

“First, we led the way in energy efficient LED lighting, then in connecting lighting to deliver operational benefits for our customers. Now that light points are smart enough to collect data on their performance and the environment around them, we are tapping into that intelligence. By analyzing the data from our connected lights, devices and systems, our goal is to create additional value for our customers through data-enabled services that unlock new capabilities and experiences,” said Harsh Chitale, leader of Philips Lighting’s Professional Business.

Philips Lighting asserts that it also designed the Interact platform to promote innovation from third-party developers, development partners, and customers. The platform offers a developer portal and a growing suite of licensed APIs, so that third-party developers can create innovative data-enabled services.

Interact Platform Connected Lighting Systems

Interact is also the brand name of the connected lighting systems that will support customers to improve their lighting experiences and generate and upload data to the Interact IoT platform. These connected lighting systems, that offer a unified user experience, feature applications that address industry-specific sectors.

  • Interact City will be utilized for providing lighting and IoT connectivity for services centered around public spaces, roads, streets, parks, plazas, and pedestrian areas.
  • Interact Landmark will manage architectural lighting applications.
  • The previously released Interact Office will manage and connect office lighting and IoT within commercial and office buildings.
  • Interact Retail will provide lighting and IoT-connection for large retail and food stores.
  • Interact Sports will offer lighting and provide an IoT platform for data-based services at sports venues and stadiums.
  • Later this year, the company plans to launch Interact Industry, which will be geared toward the specific lighting and IoT needs of factories, warehouses, and logistics centers. The company intends to launch other segment-specific Interact lighting systems in the months ahead.

The company explained that existing customers using Philips Lighting’s connected lighting systems will seamlessly transition to the Interact platform through software updates. These existing connected lighting system customers will reportedly retain the features they have now and will also gain access to the richer Interact software environment.