Since this blog was published, I have had numerous conversations with my colleagues, customers, and Signify’s IoT partners. While there is healthy debate on how mature are these three key elements of the mirror world—machine learning, augmented reality, and all-digital lighting infrastructure—everyone agrees that this is where the industry is heading. There is also consensus that building the all-digital lighting infrastructure NOW is the most crucial first step.
To identify the hidden clues that would reveal the value creation potential of the connected lighting systems, we would first need to have a longer-term vision of what the connected lighting systems can do. In other words, we need to embrace the connected lighting systems with a newer, and dare I say, more disruptive mindset. This is more critical than ever especially given the uncertainties with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has fundamentally changed our way of working (e.g. work from home, distance learning, etc.). This newer and disruptive mindset requires an imaginative interpretation of how lighting can transform our lives and our current way of working. If you consider the parallel examples of what other thought leaders such as Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos have done in reimaging what their respective industry would be with smart phones, autonomous electric vehicles, and e-commerce, it’s time for all of us to think bigger and be bolder with our imagination about the connected lighting systems.
Value creation use cases
To help visualize the future state of the connected lighting systems, I listed four most talked-about use cases that can generate additional values beyond energy savings. While these four use cases have yet to become mainstream, and are probably not part of the lighting design specifications, their future benefits are compelling and undeniable. (Figure 4)