One year after its IFA debut, WiZ, the IoT platform for connected lighting, introduces several attractive innovations at the technology fair in Berlin. In Hall 6.2 Stand 114, the company will be launching its web-based platform for lighting management at IFA, and presenting its growing OEM programme for consumer and commercial lighting.
Under the term “WiZ Connected”, the company has developed a technology that makes it possible to integrate and control lamps and light sources using a variety of technologies. Whether via Cloud and Mobile App, voice control, sensors, IFTTT or other standards: As soon as the lamps are linked via Wi-Fi, they offer private and professional users an almost infinite selection of functions, options and integration possibilities with numerous Smart Home platforms. WiZ lights do not require the use of a bridge or other hardware, making the platform very pervasive.
“Many manufacturers of supposedly smart, IoT-compatible solutions bind their customers to their own platforms and standards. In our opinion, this has little to do with the idea of IoT and smart technology. We are taking a different approach,” explains Kate Baker, WiZ UK market manager. “Over the past 12 months, we have opened our technology to 50+ vendors and manufacturers around the world in order to build together a large variety of compatible connected lighting products’’.
WiZ announces the integration with Siri shortcuts voice control, which will be available on iOS 12, soon to be released. It is worth noting that Siri compatibility applies retroactively to WiZ products already installed. WiZ is also deepening its integration with the Google Assistant ecosystem. It now offers advanced voice control options such as conveniently calling up a predefined lighting scene and simply switching on Google systems using preset schedules in the WiZ software.
WiZ also announces further integration with Enki and Conrad Connect. Conrad Connect is the leading IoT project platform for Smart Living. It enables intelligent devices, apps and services to be networked via a freely configurable dashboard, complex processes to be automated through clearly arranged projects and to be shared with the community at the touch of a button.
Both Alexa and Google Home and Conrad Connect will show WiZ demo installations at the IFA.
WiZ Pro – Platform goes live
The WiZ Pro software platform is aimed especially at professional users and private WiZ customers. This will go live in time for the IFA. This makes WiZ one of the first providers of networked lighting to control hundreds or thousands of lights with the same cloud-centric and wireless infrastructure. The WiZ Pro Dashboard allows multiple users, multiple buildings, multiple floors and rooms to manage and control. The dashboard enables convenient energy management and individual lighting settings on a large scale.
“Our light sources and lamps are installed without additional wiring or proprietary gateways. This makes a WiZ Pro infrastructure extremely cost-effective, as it only requires Wi-Fi routers and extensions for connectivity and usage,” explains Kate Baker. “Even more flexible is a large installation with Bluetooth for seamless pairing and energy-saving accessories such as sensors or smart switches.
The WiZ app on iOS and Android allows control areas for individual end users defined by the WiZ Pro Dashboard. WiZ offers the most versatile, safest and user-friendly lighting control app for residential and commercial buildings.
Rapidly growing OEM program
Now, 75+ lighting and electrical companies around the world are empowering their products with WiZ technology. Most of those products use WiZ’s Wi-Fi+Bluetooth module. The latter is the one of most technologically advanced IoT module on the market, enabling connectivity without bridges and other hardware, seamless pairing and the ability to use Bluetooth Low Energy technology for geofencing, dynamic heat maps, and connections with battery operating sensors / smart switches.