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IoT-Ready Alliance to turn LED fixtures into smart lights

IoT-Ready, an alliance of lighting, building management, and Internet of Things (IoT) companies plan to create a ‘common standard’ for IoT-enabled lighting fixtures.

It will be a standard socket to easily add intelligent IoT sensors to the fixture after the lighting fixture has been installed. The solution also aims to upgrade the sensors during the lifetime of the fixture.

The alliance’s main partners are Aruba, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise company, Qiang Li, ERP Power, Focal Point, and Mean Well USA, Orion Energy Systems, and more.

A major challenge that ‘IoT-Ready‘ alliance of leading IoT vendors plans to address is the lack of an ability to append smart sensors in LED fixtures. Adding sensors as an after-thought involves greater costs. Rather than keeping these lighting fixtures as unintelligent throughout their lifespan of 15+ years, IoT Ready will make the fixtures literally IoT-ready.

“The reason a majority of consumers will never benefit from smart lighting is that the expense of going in and retrofitting an existing LED fixture with a sensor after the fact is too high to justify it. That’s what we want to fix by having a standard socket that will eliminate the need for retrofitting sensors”, says Joe Costello, Chairman & CEO Enlighted Inc.


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Ikea Trådfri smart lights will get support for Assistant and Alexa later this year

What’s the point of having smart home devices if you can’t control them with your preferred voice interface? Ikea’s Trådfri  lights are a little cheaper than Phillips Hue, but they don’t work with Assistant right now. That’s going to change soon, though. Now if only you could pronounce it.

The press release on the news is only available in Swedish at the moment, and Google Translate does rather mangle that language. From what we can gather, the update for the Trådfri Gateway will roll out during the summer or fall.

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Ikea Tradfri smart bulb system will get Apple HomeKit upgrade in the summer

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In late summer or early autumn Ikea will roll out a firmware update to its Tradfri network gateway, to make its line of smart bulbs compatible with Apple’s HomeKit.
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