Thomas’s background is in numerical mathematics and embedded software platforms with a Dipl.-Math. degree from Munich Technical University. The major part of his professional career he spent with Embedded Software Systems in the Automotive, Consumer Electronics and Lighting Industry. After initial career roles in software development, Thomas soon transitioned into leading Product Management roles. He successfully conceptualized and introduced Wireless Hands-free Platforms at many global car manufacturers in his role at Harman International and launched a wide set of Mobile Phones models in his Product Management role at NOKIA Mobile Phones. Thomas joined TRIDONIC GmbH & Co KG in October 2014 as Head of Product Management in the area of Controls and Emergency Lighting products. Since April 2017 he is leading the Application Segment “Controls & Connectivity” reflected the increasing demand for Connected Lighting Solutions. In this role he formulates TRIDONIC’s strategy in the area of Connected Lighting, leads Road mapping and Goto Market of Connected Lighting solutions while carefully observing emerging trends and standards. Thomas brings a wide knowledge in communication technologies and user interfaces and experiences in bridging the gap between the development cycles in consumer electronics and those cycles more common in traditional B2B industries like Automotive and Lighting.
The Architecture of IP Connected Lights can be the Blueprint for Connected Buildings
In smart home domain several solution for connected systems including lighting have entered the market. The solutions become more and more sophisticated and include more devices, but also show still issues regarding scalability and security. Interoperability is only possible within closed ecosystems. A direct adoption of these systems to the commercial space is therefore not possible. In the commercial space a variety of smart lighting solutions exist, mostly based on proprietary protocols. But some projects and vendors are already targeting the next level: IP connected lighting. This approach will lead in the longer term to full IP connected buildings systems with interoperability even on the field level. In this presentation we will present an architecture of an IP based lighting system and how it solves some specific issues like group communication and security to combine high quality lighting functionality with the benefits of an IP connected system and new beyond lighting use cases.