Lighting Design & Specification

May 7, 2018

Nokia Bell Labs and Osram have teamed up to create the foundation for affordable, high-performance indoor radio networks. In a joint initiative the network specialist and the lighting company have been exploring how ceiling luminaires can be used to create a tightly integrated interior radio network with 5G capabilities.

“Our office and industrial luminaires are already networked for remote control,” says Thorsten Müller, Head of Innovation at Osram. “In this R&D project, we equipped them with special broadband radio modules, allowing mobile devices like cell phones and laptops to connect to the luminaire network and transmit data.”

The new solution is much easier to install than conventional WiFi systems and enables new applications. Ceiling luminaires are installed close together in every building and can be connected to a future light-control and network-management system in office and industrial buildings. This system simply has to be connected to a building’s communication access line, like a fibre optics connection. The concentrated and evenly distributed pattern of installed light sources prevents dead zones from occurring in the building. Affordable radio modules will increase the price only slightly compared to conventional office luminaires. They also perform better and will generate lower costs than WiFi access points and repeaters. In addition these new luminaires can be used for other services like the collection of sensor data.

5G networks represent the next stage in the development of LTE (4G). They enable 5G-capable end devices to transmit data up to 20 gigabits per second. Typically the frequencies being used limit the reception in buildings. As a result, separate interior room networks are ideal for producing smooth mobile connections to the Internet. Test installations using prototypes of the new radio luminaires have demonstrated that data throughput of well over 100 megabits per second can be reliably achieved with low-priced Wi-Fi transmitters operating at 2.4 gigahertz (GHz). More sophisticated radio modules in which various frequencies are combined and several channels are operated simultaneously currently already facilitate speeds just below the gigabit level. With 5G technology, which uses broader frequency ranges and can transmit more data in them, several gigabits per second can be generated with this solution.

The newly developed radio luminaires can be integrated into Osram’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform Lightelligence as supplemental sources of sensor data. Lightelligence can be used to bundle all smart components, applications and programs. The results are new applications and services that extend far beyond light. Osram’s sensor-based logistics solutions, for example, can use a warehouse’s lighting infrastructure to record inventories, monitor temperature and humidity for perishable goods and optimize the way in which warehouses are used. The system is open for the integration of all manufacturers’ products, programs and interfaces.

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