New Global Alliance of Lighting Industry Formation
Global initiative – The formation of a new global alliance of lighting industry players, aiming to promote and stimulate the development of open-standard wireless lighting solutions and offer maximum interoperability, has been announced today. Named The Connected Lighting Alliance, its founding members are GE Lighting, Lutron, Osram, Panasonic, Philips, and Toshiba. The initial focus of The Connected Lighting Alliance's activities is on consumer lighting applications. The Connected Lighting Alliance is an open association, and its founders welcome all parties interested in contributing to the alliance's goals
The Connected Lighting Alliance aims to promote the global adoption and growth of interoperable wireless lighting solutions. At present, consumers are confused and frustrated by the diversity of non-interchangeable wireless communication solutions on the market. By engaging with open standards bodies and regulators, and encouraging the development of a robust wireless lighting control eco-system (e.g. component and solution providers), The Connected Lighting Alliance aims to make wireless lighting products and solutions interoperable and easy to operate.
About GE Lighting
GE Lighting invents with the vigor of its founder Thomas Edison to develop energy-efficient solutions that change the way people light their world in commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. The business employs about 15,000 people in more than 100 countries, and sells products under the Reveal and Energy Smart consumer brands, and Evolve, GTx, Immersion, Infusion, Lumination and Tetra commercial brands, all trademarks of GE. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For more information, visit www.gelighting.com
About Lutron Electronics
Lutron Electronics, headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, USA designs and manufactures energy-saving light controls, automated window treatments and appliance modules for both residential and commercial applications. Its innovative, intuitive products can be used to control everything from a single light, to every light, shade and stand-by power in a home or commercial building. Lutron products make any space more versatile, while enhancing ambiance, comfort and productivity. They also save energy and make some light bulbs last longer, making them an eco-friendly addition to the home and workplace. Founded in 1961, Lutron estimates that the installed base of its products saves the world nearly 10 billion kWh of electricity, or approximately US$1 billion in utility costs per year. Lutron manufactures more than 16,000 energy-saving products, sold in more than 100 countries around the world. More information can be found at www.lutron.com
OSRAM AG (Munich, Germany) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Siemens AG and one of the two leading light manufacturers in the world. In fiscal year 2011 (ended September 30, 2011), it generated revenue of about 5 billion Euros. Osram is a high-tech company in the lighting sector and more than 70 percent of its revenue comes from energy efficient products. The company, which is very much internationally oriented, has around 41,000 employees worldwide, supplying customers in 150 countries from its 44 production sites in 16 countries (as of September 30, 2011). Additional information can be found in the internet at www.osram.com
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products in three business fields, consumer, components & devices, and solutions. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.85 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2012. Panasonic's stock is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) Stock Exchanges. The company has the vision of becoming the No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by the 100th year of its founding in 2018. For more information on Panasonic, its brand and commitment to sustainability, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2011 sales of EUR 22.6 billion and employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter
Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances.
Toshiba Europe GmbH, headquartered in Neuss, Germany, is a fully-owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Tokyo. Among its key activities includes the development of the Toshiba New Lighting division in Europe and beyond.
With an expertise in lighting and electronics components, as well as a historical commitment to leading innovation, Toshiba Lighting is a pioneer in the LED market. 130 years ago, Toshiba was founded upon lighting. Today, its expanding range of LED products (including reflector lamps, indoor and outdoor fixtures, light engines) and solutions, designed for business or residential purposes, are all part of a global effort to create our future lighting paradigm, based on strong power efficiency, perfect retrofit, energy savings, consumer well-being and a commitment to the true beauty of light.
Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 550 consolidated companies, with 202,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.1 trillion yen (US$74 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm