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LIFX, Qualcomm to deliver WiFi-based smart lighting

09 Jan 2015  | Paul Buckley

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Qualcomm Atheros Inc., subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc., and LIFX, a smart lighting company, have teamed up to unveil a turnkey WiFi based smart lighting platform that aims to expedite the development of connected lighting.

In addition to working with established lighting manufacturers such as Havells Sylvania and home networking companies such as D-Link, Qualcomm Atheros and LIFX are also working with Arrow Electronics on global distribution to enable manufacturers of any size to quickly develop smart lighting solutions.

The platform consists of a lighting connectivity module (LCM) and complete LED bulb design. Both use Qualcomm Atheros' feature-rich, low-power WiFi solution (the QCA4002) to connect lighting systems directly to a home's WiFi network, without the need for a hub or translator. The solutions are fully compatible with the Allseen Alliance's open-source Lighting Service Framework (LSF) designed to ensure interoperability with AllJoyn enabled smart devices in the home. The LCM is the first lighting product certified 'Designed for AllSeen,' allowing smart lights using the solution to quickly get the same certification.

Manufacturers have two opportunities resulting from the Qualcomm Atheros and LIFX collaboration: Established lighting manufacturers can easily turn their products into smart lights by integrating the LCM, while manufacturers entering the segment for the first time can apply the complete LED bulb design. Both use the open source solution provided by the LSF. In addition to being controllable by a smartphone, lights using the LCM could communicate with other AllJoyn enabled devices in the home.

For home networking, consumer electronics or home appliance makers looking to provide a wide range of smarthome devices, but do not have a lighting portfolio, Qualcomm Atheros and LIFX have collaborated to provide turnkey bulb designs that can be quickly introduced. This bulb design integrates the LCM and offers all of the advantages that come with it.

The turnkey hardware and open source software make the solution suitable for lighting manufacturers of any size. Arrow Electronics is enabling global distribution of the solution so that anyone wishing to enter the smart lighting industry can do so quickly and easily.

The Lighting Connectivity Module and complete LED bulb design are available.

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