Lighting and LED driver manufacturers, IoT technology companies and industry groups have teamed up to establish the IoT-Ready Alliance, dedicated to make IoT technology installation in luminaires easy.

The newly-formed alliance is planning to set up industry standards that will enable LED light fixtures to be "IoT Ready," which will make the installation of advanced IoT sensors as simple as changing a light bulb. This will enable building operators to upgrade sensors and future-proof their buildings easily as the IoT technology continues to advance.

LED light fixtures typically boast a long lifetime of 15 years or more, while IoT and smart sensor technology is evolving rapidly, at a similar pace to that of the mobile phone. This means major IoT technology upgrades will certainly occur throughout the LED fixture's life. These upgrade cycles for the IoT sensors call for a cost-effective, low-impact method of changing sensors.

The alliance's initiative addresses this challenge head on by standardising an interface between any luminaire and any IoT sensor, allowing the sensors to be easily added or upgraded at any point in time.

The IoT-Ready Alliance is currently working to standardise the key interface characteristics needed to make this happen. Both fixture-integrated and external sensors are being addressed. The IoT-Ready standards will include definitions for electrical interfaces, connectors and mechanical form-factors.

Initial industry participants include Hewlett Packard's Aruba, Click Technology, DECO Lighting, DesignLights Consortium, Enlighted, ERP Power, Focal Point, MEAN WELL, Orion Energy Systems, Selux, Shenzhen Lighting Control, Silergy, Tridonic, Universal Lighting Technologies and USAI Lighting.

The alliance is open to any organisation interested in driving the future of IoT and smart buildings.