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Embracing and Enabling Connectivity


January, 2017

Happy Birthday iPhone! This week marks 10 years since Steve Jobs stood on a stage and unveiled the iPhone to the world. At the time not everyone was convinced but iPhones have more than lived up to their hype, with sales surpassing the one billion mark last year.

 

It is now hard to imagine a world without smartphones. They have become a key part of our lives, impacting how we communicate and how we work. We use them at home, in the office and on the go; to browse the internet, access social media, take photos, listen to music, bank and shop online. Sometimes we may even use them to call someone!

 

The evolution of smartphones to become a key enabler for the internet of things has helped created a new era of connectivity allowing people and businesses to enjoy rich new services and experiences. This new era is moving fast and predictions suggest that around 30 billion to some 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020. Whatever the number, it is clear that the future holds a new level of interactivity that will become an integral part of our everyday lives.

An exciting aspect of modern lighting technology is its role in our increasingly connected world. The ease with which LED light points can be connected, coupled with their ability to be monitored and controlled wirelessly, offers game changing innovations in city, office, retail and residential environments. Lighting is proving to be an ideal platform for systems and software that enable people to see, feel and function better, whilst allowing buildings and entire cities to operate more efficiently and more sustainably than ever before.

 

While we have just begun to scratch the surface of how lighting can improve lives and create a better world, I am confident that when we look back in another decade we will have totally reimagined our relationship with light. Connected lighting will be commonplace and could well be the backbone of our smart buildings and smart cities.

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