The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by factors such as the increasing demand for energy-efficient solutions, the rise of smart homes and buildings, and the growing focus on sustainability as well as growing importance of technologies such as LED lighting, wireless communication protocols like Zigbee or Wi-Fi, sensors for occupancy and daylight detection, and centralized control systems. These technologies enable features such as remote control, automation, scheduling, and integration with other IoT devices. With the ability to create personalized lighting environments, optimize energy consumption, and improve user comfort, IoT innovation in smart lighting is propelling market growth and shaping the future of lighting systems. In the last three years alone, there have been over 4.1 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Internet of Things in technology: smart lightingBuy the report here.

However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

190+ innovations will shape the technology industry

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the technology industry using innovation intensity models built on over 1.5 million patents, there are 190+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, real-time fault monitoring, smart inspection, and physiological monitoring are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Edge device diagnostics, D2D communication, and fog computing are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas is NFC broadcasting, which is now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for Internet of Things in the technology industry

Smart lighting is a key innovation area in Internet of Things

Smart lighting refers to an advanced lighting technology that grants users the capability to remotely regulate the brightness and color of their lights. It enables the creation of desired atmospheres within a space and provides control over the energy efficiency of lighting fixtures. Smart lighting systems can be seamlessly integrated into home automation setups, empowering users to manage their lights conveniently using mobile devices or voice-activated digital assistants.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 190+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of smart lighting.

Key players in smart lighting – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to smart lighting

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Philips Lighting 38 Unlock Company Profile
LG Electronics 12 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Electronics 19 Unlock Company Profile
Osram Sylvania 15 Unlock Company Profile
Lumenetix 7 Unlock Company Profile
Amazon Technologies 7 Unlock Company Profile
ABL IP 36 Unlock Company Profile
Wireless Environment 14 Unlock Company Profile
Tridonic 16 Unlock Company Profile
BOE Technology Group 6 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba Lighting & Technology 7 Unlock Company Profile
Enlighted 11 Unlock Company Profile
Audi 7 Unlock Company Profile
MechoShade Systems 14 Unlock Company Profile
Google 122 Unlock Company Profile
Logitech 9 Unlock Company Profile
Ring 9 Unlock Company Profile
Lutron Technology 36 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic Intellectual Property Management 85 Unlock Company Profile
Signify 95 Unlock Company Profile
Johnson Controls Technology 40 Unlock Company Profile
CABATech 13 Unlock Company Profile
Koito Manufacturing 11 Unlock Company Profile
Lutron Electronics 44 Unlock Company Profile
Leviton Manufacturing 7 Unlock Company Profile
Hon Hai Precision Industry 13 Unlock Company Profile
Koninklijke Philips 25 Unlock Company Profile
Know Labs 7 Unlock Company Profile
Sensity Systems 6 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 8 Unlock Company Profile
Digimarc 17 Unlock Company Profile
Wolfspeed 22 Unlock Company Profile
Compal Electronics 23 Unlock Company Profile
EcoSense Lighting 34 Unlock Company Profile
Yazaki 7 Unlock Company Profile
Best Digital 8 Unlock Company Profile
Schreder Group 11 Unlock Company Profile
Delos Living 18 Unlock Company Profile
Hubble 16 Unlock Company Profile
Shenghui Lighting 16 Unlock Company Profile
ASSIA 10 Unlock Company Profile
Environmental Light Technologies 18 Unlock Company Profile
CMoo Systems 7 Unlock Company Profile
SkyBell Technologies 8 Unlock Company Profile
Verizon Patent And Licensing 38 Unlock Company Profile
Federal Law Enforcement Development Services 47 Unlock Company Profile
Sengled Optoelectronics 18 Unlock Company Profile
Yutou Technology (Hangzhou) 11 Unlock Company Profile
Shadecraft 10 Unlock Company Profile
Vaxcel International 71 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Signify is one of the leading patent filers in smart lighting. One of the company’s patents focuses on a method involving deploying a light source, such as a luminaire or lamp, which is activated and controlled through a first communication channel, while the capability for control through a second communication channel is electronically deactivated. After deployment, if a request for an upgrade is received, activation data is sent to enable the electronic activation of the second communication channel for controlling the light source.

Other prominent patent filers in the space include Alphabet and Panasonic.

By geographic reach, Johnson Controls International leads the pack, followed by Alphabet and Compal Electronics. In terms of application diversity, Compal Electronics holds the top position, followed by Delos Living and Audi.

IoT innovation in smart lighting has transformed the lighting industry by integrating connectivity and intelligence into lighting systems. Smart lighting solutions leverage IoT technology to provide enhanced control, energy efficiency, and personalized lighting experiences.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Internet of Things.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.