Lighting Demonstrator at the 3rd IEEE 5G Summit

Light has a motivating effect. With respect to this hypothesis, Dominik Grzelak (IoSense) and René Schöne (OpenLicht) presented a software-based approach for managing complex sensor networks to realise person-dependent light control systems. The lighting demonstrator was shown at the 3rd 5G Summit, in a joint undertaking. This year, the event took place September 25, 2018, in Dresden and was jointly organised by 5G Lab Germany and IEEE. Three parallel tracks showed highly innovative applications ranging from hardware and wireless to network and cloud, and tactile internet applications.

Light has a motivating effect. With respect to this hypothesis, we presented a software-based approach for managing complex sensor networks to realise person-dependent light control systems. The software approach allows developers to implement illumination apps, even connecting arbitrary IoT devices. In various ways, these devices enable controlling features of the light, such as the colour, brightness and the state. The software solution is very versatile, fault-tolerant, and single services of an illumination app, developed with the software, can be deployed on several different edge devices.

IEEE 5G Demo Hall, Dresden
IEEE 5G Demo Hall, Dresden

The demonstrator consists of a Cube-It and multiple Hue lamps, optionally a smartphone as a further input device. A Cube-It is an experimental IoT-platform that emerged from a master’s thesis at the Technical University of Dresden. It consists of an Arduino, various sensors, for example, position and acceleration, and an e-ink display. Originally intended to support software development, it can also be used as an input device for controlling lamps.
Specifically, the demo shows how the position sensor can be used to control the colour of the lamp. Alternatively, the same type of sensors may be used from a smartphone. In further applications, it will be possible to control not only lamps but also other actuators.