Editorials

Intelligent Grow Lights, an IoT Application that Can Make Indoor Farming More Profitable

Smart or intelligent grow lights may be an extremely valuable Internet-connected lighting application. A plant growth environment should have the perfect conditions for each plant growth stage. For this reason, an entirely controlled environment requires many sensors including temperature, humidity, CO2 levels, etc… Plants also demand watering, and of course, most …

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Study Linking Street Lights to Cancers Flawed

A newly released study has found a link between exposure to blue light of street lights and the incidents of breast and prostate cancers. Researchers at the Barcelona Institute of Global Health and The University of Exeter in the UK conducted the study. They published the findings in the April …

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Bluetooth and Bluetooth Mesh, Connecting Technologies that Compliment the Internet of Things (Updated)

I have had more than one non-technical person ask me about the Internet of Things. One question that I have gotten more than once is, they say something like, “The Internet of Things, that’s like when your phone connects to your speakers with Bluetooth, right?” I have to explain that …

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The TM-30-15 Standard, an Improvement Over CRI (Updated)

By Scott McMahan The Illumination Engineering Society intends to cease using CRI as metric. CRI as a standard for lighting quality has been around since 1964. The value of CRI as a standard is significantly less than what most in the general public and even many in lighting community understand. …

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Security and Usability Should Coexist in IoT-Connected Lighting

The Internet of Things enables interoperability among many different kinds of devices. However, one often overlooked issue is that in the installation Internet-connected devices including lighting is the security of such systems. The multi-protocol compatibility that allows interoperability can open up such devices to the security issues of those multiple …

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EnOcean Alliance Contributions to Lighting and IoT

A consortium of companies known as the EnOcean Alliance works together to develop and promote self-powered wireless monitoring and control solutions for sustainable buildings. To Date, the alliance and the standard that it promotes are apparently much more prominent in Europe and Asia than in the U.S. One alliance member …

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