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The internet-of-things identity management outfit Evrythng, which partnered up with Samsung not long ago, has struck another strategic partnership deal – this time with a new LED lighting player called Gooee.
Gooee, which emerged last year out of lighting technology firm Aurora, provides sensors to detect motion or CO2 or other phenomena, that can be integrated into new LED lighting products. It also sells assembled light engines (LEDs integrated with electronic control gear) and the mechanisms for controlling them.
Evrythng handles identity and authentication for smart devices, to make it easier for people and systems to interact with them and analyze their output – it’s keen on calling itself the “Facebook for things”. Together, the British firms intend to create the “operating system for smart connected lighting.”
As Gooee technology chief Simon Coombes explained to me, the idea is to “be the ‘Intel inside’ of the smart lighting market”, with Gooee handling the hardware aspect at industrial scale and Evrythng’s cloud gluing, ahem, everything together. Gooee drew in Evrythng as a partner after doing some data modelling and realizing how much data it would ultimately be trying to wrangle.
The lights will be able to individually report back on their own operating condition (temperature, power consumption, voltage and current), and assess and communicate and react to changes in their environment, either with sensors embedded in the luminaire itself or installed nearby.
According to Coombes and Evrythng co-founder Andy Hobsbawm, lighting provides an ideal opportunity for the internet of things due to its ubiquity. Buildings of all kinds are full of lights, and if those lights can be smartened up with sensors for surveillance and safety and what-have-you at (Gooee promises) “marginally increased cost”, then that’s far simpler than installing standalone sensor systems.