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Enhance Lighting for the Internet of Things

Objective

So far, the Internet of Things (IoT) is narrowband with no latency constraints. A wider range of applications is envisioned for industrial manufacturing, augmented reality and autonomous cars. It makes use of artificial intelligence, where compute functions will be offloaded from devices into the cloud. Accordingly, future IoT will need wireless links with high data rates, low latency and reliable connectivity despite the limited radio spectrum. Connected lighting is an interesting infrastructure for IoT services because it enables visible light communication (VLC), i.e. a wireless communication using unlicensed light spectrum. LED luminaires have enough modulation bandwidth for high data rates and each luminaire can be used as a wireless access point. Networked VLC-enhanced luminaires will add new features to build a wireless network for the IoT. ELIOT will start from existing prototypes and develop the support for IoT services. The project will integrate the lighting infrastructure with VLC and add positioning, multicast communications and enhanced security. ELIOT will demonstrate the new infrastructure in real environments at TRL ≥6 and mobile IoT devices at TRL ≥ 4. Main project goals are to provide an open reference architecture for the support of IoT in the lighting infrastructure, build consensus reflecting the best architectural choices, contribute to standardization of lighting and telecom infrastructures in IEC, IETF, IEEE and ITU-T and provide a roadmap for IoT until 2022 and beyond. ELIOT brings together Europe’s key players that cover the whole value chain, i.e. OSRAM, Philips Lighting and Tridonic as major component and luminaire makers, Maxlinear as chipmaker, NOKIA as a leading network vendor and integrator, BMW, Weidmüller and Thyssen Krupp working on industrial IoT, Deutsche Telekom and KPN as innovative operators, together with Fraunhofer HHI as a leading research institute and two top universities from Eindhoven and Oxford.
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 472 438

Participants (10)

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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 458 078,75

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 905 937

KONINKLIJKE KPN NV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 311 500

DEUTSCHE TELEKOM AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 407 155

MAXLINEAR HISPANIA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 415 625

LIGHTBEE SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 223 125

WEIDMULLER INTERFACE GMBH & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 270 200

BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 93 280,25

NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS GMBH &CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 180 687

PHILIPS LIGHTING BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 1 253 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 825651

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 343 048,75

  • EU contribution

    € 5 991 026

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany