Siemens AG, Munich, Germany, moved to add another established IoT technology provider to its growing Siemens Building Technologies division recently with a deal to acquire Enlighted, Sunnyvale, CA. The Silicon Valley startup has been instrumental in advancing the use of lighting systems as a backbone for sensor networks of all kinds and in helping customers gain intelligence from that data.
Enlighted will be managed as an independent legal entity and wholly-owned subsidiary of Siemens Industry, Inc. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The news came shortly after the announcement of Siemens’ acquisition of IoT software platform provider J2 Innovations, which is also joining Buffalo Grove, IL-based Siemens Building Technologies, as we reported in the previous issue of Electrical Marketing.
The Enlighted IoT platform, developed for commercial real estate, includes multi-function sensors, distributed computing and software applications. The system analyzes and visualizes the collected sensor data so customers can use it to drive down operating costs and improve the inner life of a building, Siemens said in a release. Its sensors can be installed in every light fixture with the ability to collect data 65 times per second to detect environmental and occupancy changes and react to lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) needs in real-time. The system is also able to locate people and assets within a building and analyze the occupancy of floors and rooms.
“Enlighted has a strong footprint in revolutionizing building intelligence by developing a multi-sensor-based IoT platform, using the power of data,” said Matthias Rebellius, CEO of Siemens Building Technologies. “With this move we are demonstrating our commitment to drive digitalization in the smart building industry.”
In a letter to industry partners, Neeraj Purandare, Enlighted executive vice president of business development and alliances, said, “Siemens will invest in Enlighted’s product lines and sales channels to broaden our product portfolio and enhance our operations. Enlighted will be managed as an independent legal entity and wholly-owned subsidiary of Siemens Industry, Inc. The Enlighted name and brand will be retained.”