Signify Launches New IoT Platform for Lighting Products in India

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Signify claims to have installed 29 million connected light points worldwide till date. By 2020, it plans to make all its new LED products connectable. 

Sumit Padmakar Joshi, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Signify’s operations in India, at the launch of Interact IoT Platform

Dutch lighting company Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting, on Tuesday, launched its new Internet of Things (IoT) platform, called Interact, that connects lighting products.

The Interact IoT platform enables connected LED lighting systems and embedded sensor networks to deliver insights, benefits and new data-enabled services to customers, the company said in a statement.

This would help customers drive operational efficiencies and take more effective decisions, it added.

Signify claims to have installed 29 million connected light points worldwide till date. By 2020, it plans to make all its new LED products connectable.

Interact was designed, as per the company, to handle large volumes of data collected by this growing number of connected light points, sensors and devices, as well as systems.

Benefits beyond illumination

The secure, scalable cloud-based Interact platform uses data management and data processing capabilities, including machine learning (ML). It offers data-creating and data-enabled services for customers, delivering benefits beyond illumination, the company stated.

It also offers a growing suite of licensed open application program interfaces (APIs) that, Signify believes, will encourage innovation from third-party developers, development partners and customers, enabling various data enabled services to be developed.

Citing an example of such a service, the company said that the platform can help create efficient buildings by enabling businesses to understand how office spaces are used.

In addition, Interact can also analyse data from authorized third-parties.

Launching the platform in India’s Silicon Valley Bengaluru, Sumit Padmakar Joshi, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Signify’s operations in India, said, “By analysing the data from our connected lights, devices and systems, our goal is to create safer cities, energy efficient buildings and industries and smarter retail stores in the country. We are confident that this platform will deliver immense value for our professional lighting customers in India,” he added.

Interact connected lighting systems

The connected lighting systems offered by Signify feature applications that address industry-specific verticals.

While Interact Office enables user to turn office into a smart sustainable workspace, Interact City can help improve street lighting, safety and reduce energy consumption.

Other systems offered by the company include Interact Retail, Interact Landmark, Interact Sports and Interact Pro.

Philips Lighting came to be known as Signify from May 16, 2018. The new name will be adapted in India early next year.

Longjam Dineshwori

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