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In The Beginning There Was Light… Ing Control Standards, Then Things Got Complicated

The term “Internet of things” appears to have been coined by Kevin Ashton of Procter & Gamble, later MIT’s Auto-ID Center, in 1999. Cisco Systems estimated that our current version of the IoT was “Born” between 2008 and 2009. Lighting controls standards had been around for more than two decades by that point. DALI, for example, was created by Philips lighting in 1984 and adopted as an international standard in 2002. Few in the 80s would have truly anticipated the data revolution on the way for lighting and buildings. “Initially, building systems network infrastructures had to handle small amounts of control data at lower transfer rates. However, as building automation has become more sophisticated and new systems, such as security, have been added, data traffic has grown in volume and complexity. Security systems, for example, require real-time response and have to be more secure, and the bandwidth to transmit data such as images is much greater than that needed for sensors,” explained Sharer.

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