[This article is reproduced from LEDinside]
Speaking of the word intelligent lighting, everyone must be familiar. Regarding the topic of intelligent lighting, the "hype" of the industry has also been around for some years, especially with the issuance of 5G licenses in June this year. The industry has once again set off a wave, and more and more enterprises have participated in the lighting factory, Control plants, system integration vendors, traditional home appliance companies, platform vendors, etc. So is there any correlation between the 5G communication technology and intelligent lighting as we know it? If so, what kind of correlation is there, and how much is it related?
As we all know, intelligent lighting, intelligence is the soul of lighting. Without it, lighting is just lighting, adding a little more functionality, and only achieving the function of dimming and toning. Many people will perceive intelligence as an invisible and intangible thing. In fact, otherwise, through lighting control manufacturers, it can become something you can see and feel. So how is the development of the "smart" control technology link in the current smart home lighting industry link and where will the future technology development trend go?
Recently, we at LEDinside had the pleasure to interview Mr. Liu Jiwu, deputy general manager of Bangqi Intelligent, a representative manufacturer of intelligent lighting controllers, to hear what he saw and how to do.
The middle one is Mr. Liu Jiwu, deputy general manager of Bunge Intelligent Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
What is the impact of 5G technology on the intelligent lighting industry?
Since the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology officially issued 5G commercial licenses to several major Chinese operators in June this year, various industries have used the banner of 5G to lay out the market to hype the concept of seizing market highs. The same is true in the lighting field. I personally think that the role of 5G in the lighting field has actually been exaggerated by some players, at least in the indoor lighting application scene.
Let's take a look at the real value of 5G. Bangqi Smart Liu believes that the problem solved by 5G is the effectiveness and convenience of connection. In terms of connection, 5G will greatly improve speed efficiency and applicability. For intelligent lighting control, there will be a promoting effect, but the size of the effect must be judged according to different application scenarios.
According to the analysis of LEDinside, 5G is a typical continuum technology, which has the characteristics of low latency, high speed, and high efficiency. Generally speaking, it solves the problem of data communication rate.
As far as the intelligent lighting industry is concerned, according to the application scenario, we first simply divide it into indoor and outdoor.
From the perspective of indoor lighting applications, whether it is based on wired optical fiber, advanced twisted pair, KNX dedicated line, or near-field wireless WIFI, Bluetooth, Zigbee, including remote 4G, etc., the current network technology can basically meet the needs of intelligent lighting .
From an outdoor perspective, based on the development of smart cities, if 5G technology is applied to smart city lighting or parks or overall building buildings, data will be transmitted to the cloud through the operator. At this time, 5G technology will bring its characteristics into play and improve transmission. Speed, reduce wiring costs, improve management efficiency, and also save data costs and management costs.
In addition, Mr. Liu said that the factors affecting the development of the entire intelligent lighting are not only connection issues, but also more important elements, including the light quality requirements of end users and the effectiveness and stability of the control system.
As far as the control system is concerned, we generally divide the control system into human-computer interaction interface, control terminal, actuator, software terminal, sensor, and data analysis. These factors will affect the development of the entire market for lighting control. The most critical of these factors is still consumer demand for light quality.
Back to 5G, the connection method also restricts the entire lighting control market promotion. It is hoped that the effectiveness, applicability and coverage of the connection can promote the development of the entire lighting control.
Where has intelligent lighting control technology evolved?
The development of lighting in China is very rapid, and consumer behavior has undergone great changes. In addition to the requirements for brightness, people have also upgraded to the design aesthetics, color temperature, illumination, spatial level changes and the pursuit of higher light quality. With the change of human life, consumers have gradually realized that the quality of light brings comfort.
Intelligent lighting control communication technology has also begun to change from wired to wireless.
As far as pure wireless solutions are concerned, Mr. Liu said that at present it is still a relatively fragmented market, and there is no particularly mainstream solution. Philips is based on the Zigbee solution, and many emerging smart home companies are also inclined to adopt the Zigbee solution. However, after the release of Bluetooth Mesh last year, more and more companies will also consider using Bluetooth or a combination of Bluetooth and Wifi. At present, it has not been seen which technology has special advantages. Bunge's existing solutions are Zigbee and Wifi. With the release of Bluetooth 5.0 and Bluetooth Mesh, we will also consider the development of wireless intelligent products based on Bluetooth communication.
In addition, human-machine interaction interfaces are also rapidly developing. The most traditional methods are panels and buttons. Later, they developed into mobile phone APPs, and then intelligent voice. At present, there are also motion recognition instructions on the market.
With the help of capital markets and technological power, how did Bunge break through in the war?
The first to bring the concept of intelligent lighting control to China, and after 24 years of deep cultivation in the field of lighting control, for 24 years, it is neither long nor short. In these years, Bunge has achieved leapfrog development.
In 2016, the shareholding was restructured. In 2017, it successfully landed on the New Third Board and began to use the power of capital. Bangqi Intelligent established a research and development base in China. It has a well-developed research and development team and has made new innovations and breakthroughs in traditional technologies new technology. 2017 is nowhere near the capital war in the LED industry. Bangqi just entered the capital market at this time in order to gain a better foothold and keep up with the industry development trend.
For Bunge, in the highly fragmented domestic market, capital is only to assist companies to form a certain scale of intelligent control industry. Technology is still the foundation of Bunge, with intelligent control as its core business direction.
According to General Manager Liu, Bunge's main business is mainly composed of four major sections: lighting control, which has been the core business due to the wide coverage of the industry; the second largest section is smart hotels, the third largest section is smart homes, and the fourth largest Value-added services for AI landing. President Liu said that AI landing value-added services are a new business. The main purpose is to form strategic partners with major AI platforms to help intelligent voice, face recognition, intelligent operation and maintenance management and other products and solutions to form a complete set of services.
As far as products are concerned, their advantages are mainly reflected in the following three points: First, reliability and stability. This is the most important part and the most critical factor affecting the user experience. The second advantage is scalability, that is, cross-platform enterprises can connect with Huawei HiLink platform, HKUST Xunfei voice, and Baidu speakers can directly control our products. Third, there are a large number of successful cases. In the field of home lighting, there are more villas and apartments, such as the recent high-end real estate in Beijing. Bangci directly provides developers with smart home control and lighting control products.
Speaking of future development plans, President Liu stated that, first, starting from his own business philosophy, he hopes to provide an overall solution for intelligent buildings; second, to achieve the connection between people and equipment; third, the interconnection between people and equipment and the environment; and finally Based on the integration of big data, the realization of AI value-added landing.
From the perspective of the entire industrial value chain, each link has its existence value. Based on hardware and software development capabilities, Bunge truly brings good products and good overall solutions to the market, rather than fragmented solutions.
In particular, the recently proposed AI landing value-added service is based on more and more AI platforms. Although the AI platform has powerful algorithms, it is difficult to apply in vertical fields. It is often powerless in scene landing, and Bunge uses technical advantages and platforms. The docking capability can very quickly produce reasonable effects with the AI platform, allowing consumers to truly experience the entire application scenario and bring more value to consumers.