Like other products that have evolved in order to participate in the Internet of Things, professional luminaires have advanced from standard to smart to connected.
Early conventional rotary and touchtone telephones did one thing and one thing only: they sent and received voice calls. Phones were like this for decades.
As the technology became available, beginning in the late 1970s, telephone makers started adding all kinds of “smart” features to phones, including phone number storage, speed dial, wireless operation, and voicemail. While these features expanded the capabilities of telephones, they didn’t change the nature of what a telephone is – a device for sending and receiving voice calls.
All that changed with the advent of the smartphone. By integrating voice capabilities with a range of other data-driven communications capabilities, the smartphone has become much more than a phone. You can use it for business communications, wayfinding, scheduling and alerting, playing games or music or videos, staying in touch with your friends via social media, and Web access. Read more here
Connected luminaires and capabilities beyond illumination