Bluetooth SIG Collaborates with DiiA to Accelerate IoT-Enabled Commercial Lighting

Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced a collaboration with the DiiA (Digital Illumination Interface Alliance), the global DALI alliance of companies from the lighting and sensor industries, to accelerate the adoption of IoT-enabled commercial lighting systems. The collaboration will enable the deployment of certified DALI-2 devices and intelligent D4i luminaires, with qualified Bluetooth mesh intelligent lighting-control networks. This collaboration brings together two leading and complementary IoT standards for commercial lighting.

As stated by Paul Drosihn, DiiA General Manager, combining Bluetooth mesh with DALI is a natural choice for the commercial lighting industry. The combination enables sensor-rich lighting systems and will deliver powerful new IoT capabilities to building managers. This will include automated light-levels and color control, advanced luminaire performance monitoring including energy usage and predictive maintenance, as well as enhanced services such as asset tracking and indoor navigation.

IoT-enabled commercial lighting systems consist of two key components: IoT-enabled luminaires that include sensors and other devices, and an IoT-enabled lighting control system. DALI-2, from the DiiA, provides an ecosystem of certified lighting devices including intelligent D4i luminaires. Bluetooth mesh, from the Bluetooth SIG, is a leading IoT standard for intelligent wireless lighting-control networks.

Through this collaboration, leading lighting-industry companies from both organizations are now bringing these two standards together by specifying a standard Bluetooth mesh interface for certified DALI-2 and D4i devices, enabling connectivity with qualified Bluetooth mesh lighting-control networks.

To help streamline the delivery of products to market, the Bluetooth (SIG) and DiiA are also working together to make it easier for vendors to complete both the Bluetooth product qualification and DALI-2 product certification processes necessary to ensure interoperability. In turn, this will ensure that Bluetooth mesh lighting control, combined with certified DALI-2 and D4i devices remains the natural choice for the professional lighting industry.