intel joule

Interesting post from The Verge on a new chip set from Intel called Joule that is intended to bring powerful computer vision capabilities to low cost, IoT types of devices. The application for using vision systems in architectural lighting control, interactive lighting installations, retail tracking/interaction systems, etc. continues to hold great promise – and as tech like this from Intel continues to drop the price/complexity of such hardware and IP networking becomes pervasive in lighting, there will be a tipping point when camera vision becomes the de-facto sensing standard.  Despite the fear of “big bother” always watching, the system capabilities and advantages of … Continue reading intel joule


An interesting development in applying the Internet of Things to an urban scale:  A low-cost, low-power, low-bandwidth but wide-range network that is so cheap, volunteer groups are setting up city-wide test networks.  And even right here in my home city of Amsterdam! Via the LoRa Alliance: LoRaWAN™ is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery operated Things in regional, national or global network. LoRaWAN target key requirements of internet of things such as secure bi-directional communication, mobility and localization services. This standard will provide seamless interoperability among smart Things without the need of complex local … Continue reading LoRaWAN

openAIS project

OpenAIS is a new EU-funded research consortium which is developing open standards for Internet protocol (IP)-based lighting networks, specifically for office applications.  Philips Lighting, Zumtobel and Johnson Controls are among the participants. Good luck guys…the industry really needs this! From the OpenAIS website: Following the trends of the creation of the “The Internet of Things” (IoT) and the rapid penetration of SSL based lighting, it is very advantageous to connect the luminaires in buildings to the Internet. OpenAIS aims at setting the leading standard for inclusion of lighting for professional applications in to IoT, with a focus on office lighting. This … Continue reading openAIS project