Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) launched its new Internet of Things (IoT) platform, called Interact in New Delhi recently, which will enable its professional customers to unlock the full potential of connected lighting for the IoT. The platform delivers new insights to help customers drive operational efficiencies and take more effective decisions. It also supports the company’s strategy to deliver new data-enabled services as value expands from lighting products and systems to services.
Signify has already installed 29 million connected light points worldwide and plans for every new LED product it produces to be connectable by 2020. This growing number of connected light points, sensors and devices, as well as systems, can collect large volumes of data for which Interact was designed to handle. The highly secure, scalable cloud-based Interact platform uses sophisticated and modern data management and data processing capabilities, including machine learning, to bring sense to all manner of data – creating data-enabled services for customers that will deliver benefits beyond illumination. It also offers a growing suite of licensed open application program interfaces (APIs) which will foster innovation from third-party developers, development partners and customers, enabling various data enabled services to be developed.
A typical example of such a service is occupancy data from different buildings, combined and analysed to help managers to understand and predict how people use office space. Such insights can help deliver savings by optimising the use of existing office space and support better designed, more efficient buildings.
In addition, data from authorised third-parties can also be analysed by Interact. For example, for a municipal authority, news articles and social media posts, reacting to a new lighting installation on a bridge, can be analysed and data can be sent to a social impact app dashboard that summarises the public sentiment.
Launching the platform, Sumit Padmakar Joshi, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Signify Innovations India Limited (Previously known as Philips Lighting India Limited) said, “First, we led the way in energy efficient LED lighting, then in connecting lighting to deliver operational benefits for our customers. Now that light points are smart enough to collect data on their performance and the environment around them, we are tapping into that intelligence. 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”.
Interact connected lighting systems
These connected lighting systems, offering a unified user experience, feature applications that address industry-specific verticals. Available now are:
- Interact Office– enables you to turn your office into a smart sustainable workspace with software that allows you to increase building efficiency and employee productivity.
- Interact City – helps improve street lighting, safety, reduce energy consumption, improve efficiency and support your sustainability goals and beautify the urban landscape across roads.
- Interact Retail– enables customers to group, zone and schedule connected lighting to create stopping power in stores. It also supports in-store location-based marketing services to increase shopper engagement and indoor navigation to improve staff productivity.
- Interact Landmark– aids in managing and triggering light shows with dynamic architectural lighting to help increase tourism, regenerate downtown areas, and stimulate commerce.
- Interact Pro– an intuitive cloud-based software for small and medium enterprises that automates lighting and allows management via the Interact Pro dashboard.
- Interact Sports– aids in monitoring, managing and coordinating across all lighting infrastructure from a single dashboard from pitch lighting, entertainment light shows, hospitality areas and exterior architectural lighting.
Signify became the new company name of Philips Lighting as of May 16, 2018. The legal name of Signify has been adopted in India from January 2, 2019.