Lighting Trends by João Pola, CEO UK & Ireland, Signify

What is the big lighting trend of 2018?

There’s so many new and exciting developments within the lighting industry, it’s difficult to pick just one. But with enormous potential for today’s digital age, we’re proud to pioneer new and innovative services such as Light Fidelity (LiFi). A technology that delivers the finest quality energy efficient light along with state-of-the-art connectivity, LiFi is a two-way street – a high-speed wireless technology similar to WiFi, that uses light waves instead of radio waves to transmit data. 

The benefits of LiFi over WiFi will help to excel this trend in 2018. The key advantages? LiFi can be used in places where radio frequencies may interfere with equipment, such as in hospitals, or where WiFi signals cannot reach or are weak, such as underground. Other user cases include environments demanding high security; for example, the back office of a financial institution or government service. LiFi adds an extra layer of security as light cannot pass through solid walls and a line-of-sight to the light is needed to access the network.

What has been your company’s biggest achievement for 2018? This can be a project, technological advancement or business accomplishment.

Definitely the launch of our new company name, changing from Philips Lighting to Signify! Originating from the way light becomes an intelligent language, the choice of our new company name connects and conveys this meaning. As we’re driven by the principle that light is essential, the name Signify is a clear expression of our strategic vision and purpose to unlock the extraordinary potential of light, for brighter lives and a better, smarter world.

How is your company embracing IoT?

We are the leading lighting company for the Internet of Things (IoT). And at Signify, we know that where there’s light, there’s insight. Connected LED lighting systems use embedded sensor networks and IoT devices to deliver insights, benefits and new services to customers – and we’ve put this to use in our Interact IoT platform. Delivering an IoT ecosystem for our partners, open API enable the lighting software and system architecture to share data back and forth between LED light points, sensors, and the Interact IoT platform itself. Performing millions of data transactions every day, using the best processing capabilities available, we enable our customers to benefit from cutting edge technologies, big data processing and analytics, and machine learning – helping to drive operational efficiencies and effective decision making.

Additionally, as cities continue to become smarter, we know infrastructures and services play a key part in enabling cities to flourish. In lighting up the IoT, lighting plays a unique role in how smart cities can evolve further – making them more liveable, resilient, economically sound, and sustainable. Smart sensors and smart devices work together with an open, connected infrastructure to collect data about themselves, the environment, people, and events. This data can be analysed and shared to save energy, improve efficiencies, and make citizens feel both happier and safer.

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