David is a successful inventor and technology entrepreneur. His previous ventures, enLighten Australia and Enlighten International, are fast-growing Australian suppliers of designs for LED luminaires to save energy costs in commercial buildings. He has won various international innovation awards for his lighting products and intelligent building systems. A former Australian Navy submariner, David has pioneered concepts as diverse as live seafood marketing, and real-time geo-addressing of mobile people and devices. David has earned patents for his innovations across several industries, and IoL continues in that vein as it garners new awards and recognition.
Light Net – Occupancy Intelligence for the Built Environment
The Internet of Light (IoL) has a vision to embed existing and emerging technologies into LED lighting and create a core enabler of the growth of IoT, through “Light Net” in the built environment. Light Net is a network of connected intelligent lighting, enabling the built environment to be connected globally, facilitating the collection of unlimited data that can be used to make the built environment more efficient in both energy and service delivery. Light Net can deliver energy savings up to 50% in a commercial building, but also navigate people to anyone or anything, anywhere in the building. It can collect data on the people that use the urban area or building and use that data to create a better user experience. Light Net creates a plug-and-play platform that enables almost any IoT technology to be connected to the built environment. Light Net provides the electricity to the sensor and moves the data from the sensor to the end user – via the Light Net gate way. Light Net will become the App platform for the built environment in the same way the smart phone delivers Apps that are human-focused. The ability to create data, move it where ever it is needed and use that data to reduce costs and or improve the user experience is the future of the built environment. Light Net will be the tool that enables IoT and the use of big data.
Networking and Communication
Lighting will be equipped with multiple communications technologies. These include but will not be restricted to PLC (Power Line Communications), BLE (Low Energy Bluetooth) and RF.
Li-Fi will become a core components of IoL communications strategy and expect to be market ready with Li-Fi during 2017. Light Net is the core of the communications strategy.
The following is an overview of the functionality of Light Net:
- Each light will become part of a mesh network
- Each zone of the mesh will be controlled by a zone controller
- A site will generally have multiple zone control units communicating with a primary control unit
- The site’s primary control unit will manage all data transfer to external controllers.
The Technology Outcomes
IoL is creating a distribute communications platform that is embedded into the building’s lighting system to provide some or all of the following functionality:
- Occupancy based, intelligent lighting
- Local-area and Wide-area communications independent of the phone and internet
- Mist – Li-Fi enabled, “near-cloud” computer networking
- Gathering of “Occupancy Data” to enable more efficient building systems
- Enhanced security for the built environment
- The ability to track and map people within the built environment
- The ability to create accurate three-dimensional locations within the built environment
- The ability to accurately navigate within the entire built environment
- A “human interface” naming system for locations, fixed and mobile
- Other technologies such as cameras and a range of detectors, including motion, noise, speed and pollution