As IoT innovation has captured the public’s attention, a (smart) light has gone off inside the heads of building contractors, technology vendors and facilities managers around the world. Where lighting was once considered an energy hog, today’s sophisticated lighting systems based on sensors and light emitting diodes (LEDs) are not only energy efficient but also valuable conduits for information on everything from environmental conditions to asset visibility to conference room availability.
IoT-powered lighting systems can be a building’s eyes and ears. If your aim is to collect data about a building and its occupants, there is no better way than lighting. In fact, the potential upside is so clear in the marketplace that one out of every four luminaires will be ‘smart’ by 2020, according to the Boston Consulting Group.
But without proper care, smart lighting can also become a vector for pernicious digital attacks. Remember that one of the biggest attacks of recent memory, the Mirai botnet attack, came in through poorly secured video cameras.
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