Lighting : Lighting February 2015 - Vol 35 Issue 1
20 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | February/March 2015 “The LED luminaire can also be fitted with devices that interact with users, such as onboard speakers for music or public address. We are just beginning to explore these opportunities.” However, a number of lighting professionals still hold concerns about security risks inherent in data transmission. Security researcher Nitesh Dhanjani successfully hacked a residential Philips Hue Smart LED lighting setup in 2013, causing a sustained blackout and highlighting persistent vulnerabilities in IoT-integrated networks. Philips responded by saying that the security flaw was actually in the wi-fi network powering the Hue system, rather than in the lighting system itself. “The access and cost issues are major hurdles to IoT uptake in the lighting in the short term – it is currently commonplace for an ILCS to be specified to have a high level interface with the BMCS or security system, but the networking or security specialists veto the [high level interface] because of hacking concerns,” says lighting designer Lance Stewart, the Managing Director of Creative Lighting in Ipswich, Queensland. Creative Lighting designs and manufactures customised, IoT-enabled lighting and control solutions and has recently joined the international Hypercat consortium that drives secure integration with the IoT. “What ends up actually constructed is a low-level interface—think relays—because standard relays can’t be remotely hacked and don’t offer a way in to the BMCS or other sensitive systems. “The main challenge posed by the IoT is not what you can do with it – which is just about anything – but managing who should be allowed to do things with it, and what those things they can do will be.” Sherar acknowledges the issue, but says that security concerns are part and parcel of new technologies as a result of the speed at which new devices are being developed. Managing those concerns and mitigating security risks is the responsibility of the project team. These Philips DALI streetlights on Cavill Avenue Surfers Paradise are controlled by Creative Lighting’s custom-built Control Freak system and LED dimmers. Image courtesy of Creative Lighting, photography by Hilary Gauder.
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