The Internet of Things

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What is the Internet of Things (IoT) and how does this relate to Newport’s LED project? The IoT is the interconnection of any device for communication purposes either wired or wirelessly. Basically the devices would be able to sense or collect data that in turn generates some kind of response to the acquired data. With LED lighting, since LEDs are essentially computer chips that glow, the range of possibilities for the Internet of Things is almost limitless. We need lighting in our buildings so why not take advantage of the abundance of lighting, especially in commercial buildings

“Beyond simple illumination, this “Internet of Buildings” built on top of next-generation lighting systems will forever change the way we interact with the spaces in which we live.

In your kids’ elementary school, biometric sensors will track students’ alertness, subtly shifting spectrum to automatically boost their focus any time it starts to wane.

Around the corner at the grocery store, beacons embedded in connected fixtures will track every movement you (or your mobile phone) make — from produce to dairy — beaming coupons at you along the way.

streaming-data-codeEven the lights around your home will be intelligent, learning from and responding to the steady stream of data generated by your wearable devices — using light to help de-stress you after a long day or to perk you up on a cold, dark winter morning.

All of these scenarios (and more like them) are just around the corner. Intelligent lighting will be one of the first markets to realize the dream of the Internet of Things — millions (if not billions) of connected devices, silently sensing and acting on our behalf.” Excerpted from techcrunch.com

As you can see there is a lot of buzz about what the Internet of Things can be and how it can help simplify our lives. Though major concern about interconnecting all of the devices is security. Would it be possible to access a network through one of these internet enabled devices?

While still in it’s infancy, we will see how the market accepts and adopts this newer technology.

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