IoT-Ready Alliance introduces IoT interface spec

IoT-Ready Alliance introduces IoT interface spec

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The IoT-Ready Alliance has introduced its first specification – the IoT-Ready Interface Specification V1.0 – which defines a socket that allows any type of Internet of Things (IoT) sensor or control module to connect seamlessly to a luminaire or other building system.
By Rich Pell


The standard is network-protocol independent, which enables IoT-Ready-compliant products to utilize any networking protocol, either wired or wireless, and is suitable for all LED lighting and building control networks.

Evan Petridis, Chair of the IoT-Ready Alliance Technical Committee, said, “The Specification achieves our design goals of broad industry support, extensibility, low-cost, and simplicity of implementation. Now that our first Specification is published and products are on the market, we look forward to working together with other technical standards bodies in the lighting, building management, and IoT spaces to ensure a single set of coherent standards world-wide.”

Key benefits of adopting the IoT-Ready standard include:

  • Specifies all interface elements: mechanical, electrical and software;
  • Provides a complete family of interoperable solutions to Smart Building IoT interface problems;
  • Allows in-field retrofit, replacements and upgrades without disassembly;
  • Specification is developed under a Royalty-free license;
  • Works with any network protocol including Thread, BLE, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, IP/Ethernet and so on;
  • Is backwards compatible with legacy lighting controls;
  • Can be implemented with traditional lighting controls until IoT is needed
  • Provides a low-cost option to future-proof luminaires or other system components in buildings;
  • Suitable for a range of applications, from simple low-cost lighting control to high-end IoT sensing.

IoT-Ready Alliance member companies have access to specifications. They gain early insight into new channels and markets as well as collaborate openly with a range of forward-thinking smart lighting and IoT companies.

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