August 16, 2016

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Recipe for IoT – Empowered Computers, Lots of Sensors, Lots of Data and Management of Human Factor Concerns

David Bay, Corporate Engineer


Given the relative immature status of RFID and internet technologies in 1999, I commend Mr. Ashton for recognizing the importance of such technologies as well as his identification of use cases enabled by their simultaneous use.


In a CY 2009 column (Reference B) in which Mr. Ashton provided additional commentary regarding his coining of IoT, my attention was drawn to the following:  “…we need to empower computers with their own means of gathering information, so they can see, hear and smell the world for themselves, in all its random glory…”  Profound!  As our world evolves into a morass of connected, smart and intelligent technologies, products, applications and services, including “lighting,” I submit that Mr. Ashton’s words are equally profound and applicable today.  His comments identify an approach which could help realize simpler, more user-friendly and ROI-justified IoT systems, applications and services, but we are not there yet. <read more>


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  New Products

LEDs Fuel Ultra Accurate Indoor GPS System

Researchers from the University of South Australia have developed a “GPS like” indoor positioning system that tracks movement with greater accuracy than contemporary RFID and Wi-Fi based systems. Developer Siu Wai Ho said LiPo used the light from energy efficient LED bulbs to triangulate a person’s location within a building. <read more>


LinkCom’s INCORE 18-30 W LED Power Supplies Target Commercial and Residential Lighting

LinkCom Manufacturing has announced the latest addition to its family of INCORE high-performance constant-current LED power supplies. The DBFE series units are offered in 18 Watt and 30 Watt versions and are compact (84 by 40 by 25 mm; 3.3 by 1.6 by 1.0 in) enough to be integrated into track-lighting, small flood lighting and landscape lighting luminaires. <read more>


Eaton Introduces Dim-to-Warm LED Technology Across Multiple Product Lines for Commercial and Residential Spaces

Power management company Eaton has launched the Dim-to-Warm (D2W) technology for its Portfolio and Halo light-emitting diode (LED) recessed downlighting product lines for residential and commercial spaces. <read more>


Cree MHB-B LED Lowers System Costs for High Performance Lighting Applications

Cree, Inc. has introduced the XLamp MHB-B LED, a new high-power LED that enables a more effective way to deliver lower system costs for high lumen, high efficiency applications designed to meet the new  DesignLights Consortium (DLC) 4.0 Premium requirements. <read more>


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  Industry News

Flexible Smartphone Displays Poised to Help Triple Demand for High-Barrier Films and Coatings in Printed Electronics

The high-barrier films coatings market environment is currently complex and in a state of flux as it undergoes some significant transitions driven by evolution of the technologies involved and end-user product demands according to the latest market data from Smithers Apex. <read more>


Illuminating Engineering Society Selects Seven Innovative Acuity Brands Luminaires for Annual Progress Report

Seven LED lighting solutions from Acuity Brands, Inc. were selected for the 2016 Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Progress Report, which showcases the year’s most significant developments in the art and science of lighting. Acuity Brands luminaires selected by IES address a variety of lighting applications in the commercial, educational, transportation and retail sectors. <read more>


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Event Listings

IoT West Conference Program Announced

The Internet of Things West conference has announced its final conference program. The event will host an array of IoT experts from companies such as Google, Oracle, Intel, PTC, Ingenu, and many more. This event provides a forum to discuss new developments in technology, market conditions and end-user requirements that are driving innovation, capabilities and features, application trends and performance improvements in M2M, connectivity/telemetry, machine intelligence, and the IoT industry.


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