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This is a real turn on! The AllSeen Alliance offers a connected lighting standard

The AllSeenAlliance, which is promoting the AllJoyn mesh networking standard for the internet of things has created a smart lighting initiative to come up with one standard for how connected lights should interact with other appliances and people. This means that any device running the open source AllJoyn protocol devised by Qualcomm would have the code to control a light bulb.

So an AllJoyn-enabled smoke detector could tell an AllJoyn enabled light to flash when it goes off, or an [company]LG[/company] TV using AllJoyn could dim the lights when it turns on automatically. The benefits of a single lighting control standard are that most possible interaction are pre-configured, and put on the device so people don't have to use manual controls if they don’t want to. The consumer doesn’t have to program the interactions, the developers do.

The new standard will be called the Lighting Service Framework (LSF), and will be available at the end of the year. It will not only allow for controlling lights between devices, but also provide third-party developers a means of communicating with lights on a platform that is common across different manufacturers. Of course, the manufacturers have to have implemented the AllSeen Alliance lighting framework. As someone with a variety of different connected light bulbs in my home, this would be awesome.

Marc Alexander, CTO at Wi-Fi lighting company [company]LIFX[/company], will chair the LSF committee. LIFX has already implemented AllJoyn as has a variety of other companies including August, Sproutling and Revolv. The AllSeen Alliance has grown in the past 10 months to have more than 60 members including big names like [company]Electrolux[/company], [company]Microsoft[/company], LG, [company]Haier[/company], [company]Bosch[/company] and many more. However, I'd like to see Philips, the maker of the popular Hue lights get on board as well as Wink, which makes a competitively priced $15 connected LED bulb that will likely become popular.