Legrand North and Central America, a provider of power, light and data technologies, has outlined a series of key ongoing partnerships and technology initiatives that will advance the promise of IoT for commercial and residential applications. In 2018, Legrand is already leveraging 22 million connection points in existence. Since launching the company’s ambitious IoT program, ELIOT, in 2016, Legrand continues to announce new connected products and form key strategic partnerships with companies including Amazon, Cisco, Ivani, Samsung, and Marriott.
Recently, the company discussed three major areas of focus that are driving advancement in IoT:
Smart Technology Outside of the Home: Intelligent devices and voice control technology which are quickly becoming ubiquitous are now finding their ways into commercial applications. Legrand recently announced a strategic partnership with Marriott International and Samsung to create an IoT-powered hotel room for the ultimate guest experience. Hotel guests will see elements of the technology that results from this partnership in hotel rooms within the next five years.
Interoperability: Legrand’s new developer program, “Works with Legrand” makes it easier for existing and potential new partners to develop interoperable solutions to create a broader ecosystem of smart devices. The program which already features 20 partnerships is open to start-ups, manufacturers and service providers.
IoT Lighting the Way: Connected products extend beyond our traditional expectations and extend to areas such as commercial lighting. Wireless Digital Lighting Management (DLM) solutions from Legrand’s Wattstopper offer components that are easy to install and service, are scalable and backward compatible with wired DLM, and offer robust security measures to provide the most secure wireless lighting system available. Further, Legrand’s wireless DLM systems work on open standards to allow for seamless IoT integration.
“We have reached a critical inflection point where we have shifted our focus from educating the market about the opportunities of IoT to introducing real technology solutions in a variety of residential and commercial applications,” stated Manny Linhares, director of IoT strategy, Legrand North and Central America. “Legrand remains committed to our goal of providing products with autonomous capabilities that deliver greater end-user value and deliver on the ultimate promise of IoT.”