Smarter lives with day-to-day data


    14 May 2019

    From inside the home to at work in the office to visiting the supermarket, there are plenty of small but powerful ways that the Internet of Things is changing the way we live


    Data-enabled services transform the way we live, work and shop. General advantages include advanced security, cost savings, energy reductions and enhanced wellbeing. Specific location-dependent advantages can impact the way we work and the way we shop, and that's just the beginning.“


    There's no question that the IoT is designed to make your life simpler, faster and smarter.

    smart cities

    New city, new life

    How to create a smart city? Take a street lighting system that allows public light points to share data about themselves. Thanks to the collected data – using sensors and on-boarding intelligence – the smart lighting system can tell planners where and when people congregate, where they park, how they drive, and much more.


    For example, lights can be set to dim automatically when streets are empty in order to save energy, and a park can get a night time light boost to become a perfect spot for an evening stroll.


    But connected lighting doesn’t just provide intelligent lights; it can deliver a wide range of non-light-related services as well, like safety.


    When an accident occurs deep inside a long tunnel, it can back up traffic throughout a whole region. Plus, it can be especially dangerous when the release of dangerous chemicals is involved.


    That’s where smart cities can save lives! Once equipped with sensors, the tunnel becomes smart: it can now alert emergency crews immediately. Plus, it can also alert authorities if a caustic compound has spilled out of a tanker truck, giving emergency crews the chance to respond quickly, safely and appropriately.


    Sensor-enabled connected lighting systems in the city at large can also help law enforcement. For example, sensors can pinpoint where gunshots have been fired, and generate instant emergency alerts, giving police a jump on getting to the scene.

    smart office

    Work smart, not hard

    Now, imagine your office has been equipped with a connected lighting system. There’s no dedicated workspace, but you immediately find the nearest free desk when arriving in the morning, thanks to a wayfinding system which works through light.


    You can then easily find your way to the conference room where your next meeting is. As this meeting reaches the fifty-minute mark, the lights flash: time to wrap-up!


    Same concept when you’re hungry: just find your way to your lunch partners using a location-based service.


    And the connected lighting system isn’t only good for employees: it makes life for the building's facility manager easier, too.


    Thanks to system’s embedded sensors, they can check which areas are underused and shut them down to save energy.


    Historical occupancy data can also be used for space optimization: can this room be better used? Can that office welcome more employees? Can the cleaning crew avoid an underused area and focus on the most used ones?


    And obviously, smart office lighting platforms make a huge difference to enhance employee’s wellbeing and productivity by using data to optimize light quality and levels.

    smart retail

    Smart retail for an enhanced shopping experience

    Smart lighting is also improving the shopper experience, via indoor positioning – a type of indoor GPS – which is very accurate and enabled by visible light communication.


    Store managers can optimize layouts by using indoor positioning, which provides traffic patterns and dwell times. This technology also brings the digital and physical experiences closer together, giving real-time discounts to shoppers in the store, and helping them to find their way to their favourite products.


    They can also scan their articles gradually and pay at the end without having to show their purchases one by one, which would lead to the elimination of checkout lines and improve customer experience.


    Research published last year by Zebra, a firm that builds tracking technology, showed that 70% of 1,700 retail decision-makers in North America surveyed were ready to adopt IoT tech to enhance customer experience.


    The verdict seems clear: The IoT is on its way to becoming part of our retail experience – just as it's starting to make our work environments safer and more productive, and our urban spaces more responsive and livable.

    About the author:

    Maëlys Boyer

    Maëlys Boyer

    Global Integrated Communications intern

    For further information, please contact:

    Head of Corporate Content, Signify
    Neil Pattie
    Tel: + 31 6 15 08 48 17

    About Signify


    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interactconnected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2018 sales of EUR 6.4 billion, we have approximately 29,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We have been named Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for two years in a row. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom , Twitter , LinkedIn and Instagram . Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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