Lighting the Way to Ambient Intelligence & the Internet of Experiences

By Neno


In cities around the world, street lamps are being tapped as an ideal platform for jump starting smart city development. Initially, cities began replacing legacy street lighting with LED bulbs equipped with motion sensors to turn the lights on only when a human being entered the area, boosting the already considerable energy savings of LED technology. Now, cities are realising they can also equip the LED chipboards on these pervasive networks with an extraordinary range of micro-processors and sensors – among them, smoke detectors, noise detectors, pollution meters, seismic activity detectors, weather sensors and smart video cameras – to dramatically expand their lamp post arsenal’s role in shaping the intelligent, connected cities of tomorrow.

For instance, Shanghai recently deployed trial smart street lamps that function as lighting systems, Wi-Fi hotspots, Internet access hubs and city services links. Residents or visitors can use voice commands or a touch screen to get local information, charge their electric vehicles, check local pollution levels, or call for help via an emergency call button linked to the city’s public service platform.

And now, if the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is any indication, it seems vendors interested in shaping the next generation of smart homes are also turning to light fixtures as a primary sensory platform. Several startups and incumbent lighting vendors showcased Internet-connected LEDs that are beginning to go far beyond just customisation and remote control of home lighting.

For example, Stack Lighting touted LED lights that can sense motion, ambient lighting and temperature. To realise the value in these sensing capabilities, the lights can be networked with climate-control systems like Nest. However, one of most interesting thing about this lighting system is Stack’s claim that its lights are so smart, consumers don’t need a smartphone app to control their features and functions: once configured, the lights, in tandem with other home systems, simply adapt to the customers’ behaviour and the environment to deliver the right ambient home experience for them.

While it may be up in the air as to which “thing” – if any one thing – in the home becomes the central hub for sensing and control, it was clear from CES 2015 that smart home systems are edging toward a new world of “ambient intelligence.”

Ambient intelligence is a concept developed in the late 1990s to describe an era when ubiquitous computing, networked devices, environmental inputs and human behaviour would come together to in such a seamless way as to render technology wholly invisible, with each human being enjoying an experience that perfectly anticipates and adapts to their unique needs and preferences.

This is the world Alphabet Inc.’s (formerly named Google) CEO Eric Schmidt alluded to at the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos. Asked for his prediction on the future of the web, he responded: “I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear.” He went on to explain, “There will be so many IP addresses…so many devices, sensors, things that you are wearing, things that you are interacting with that you won’t even sense it…It will be part of your presence all the time. Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room.” The result? “A highly personalised, highly interactive and very, very interesting world emerges.”

As CES 2016 approaches, it will be interesting to see if “No app needed!” becomes a mantra of more and more vendors, to see if technology continues to render itself less and less visible, and if people, places and things continue to synthesise into wholly unique, adaptive experiences.

In short, it will be interesting to observe the degree to which the current Internet of Things evolves into its next natural evolution, the “Internet of Experiences.” To learn more about this evolution, we invite you to explore the cover article for the latest issue of Compass magazine, “BEYOND THE IOT: The Internet of Experiences will change the way the world operates.”

The IoT: Friend or Foe?

By Alyssa

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The internet of things (IoT) is transforming everyday physical objects that surround us into an ecosystem of information that is rapidly changing the way we live our lives. From refrigerators and cars, to parking spaces and houses, IoT is bringing more and more items into the digital fold every day. Our homes, to give one example, could soon be tracking everything we do on a daily basis – from locking and unlocking the front door, to automatically ordering the groceries when the fridge is empty.

Whether we want, or are indeed ready, for this new level of automation, is another matter. But it won’t be long before it is the norm and a new evolution in technology once again changes our lives as we thought we knew them.

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For Olivier Ribet, vice president of Dassault Systemes’ High Tech Industry, the key question is: “how do you determine when you allow [IOT] devices to take decisions on your behalf and when don’t you?”

So far, all of these objects have explicitly asked you ‘do you want me to do that for you?’ Now, more and more, you start to see people saying we shouldn’t even question [devices taking decisions our behalf],” Ribet says.

Projections are telling us that within the next decade the internet could connect as many as 200 billion things – and not just machines such as cars or household appliances, but anything that you can fit a chip or sensor into – including humans. While these IoT devices should make life simpler, even healthier, can we trust them to look after us?

This is the question at the core of a new series, What’s Next in the Internet of Things?  We invite you to check out the video, article and infographic that explore the impact IoT devices on humankind.  Can they really change how we interact with one another?  Will they truly keep us more safe – or do they open us to new privacy concerns?  How can testing via the 3DEXPERIENCE platform help companies who are creating these innovative devices better understand every possible and unprecedented scenario before we use the products in real life?

Catch the entire series here, and let us know in the comments below what you think!


NOTE: The video, infographic and article were first published as an Advertisement Feature on and were created by the BBC Advertising Commercial Production team in partnership with Dassault Systèmes.


Better collaboration, better innovation

By Alyssa

If companies connect all the right people with all the right data, what can they achieve? That is the question at the heart of a new 3-part series created by the BBC Advertising Commercial Production team in partnership with Dassault Systèmes, first published as an Advertisement Feature on While the stories explore very different industries, they all consider how 3DEXPERIENCE can positively impact humankind. In the next few weeks we will introduce you to each story in depth.  We invite you to check out a preview of the series now!

Clean Skies

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How close are we to having clean aviation?  While many are working towards this goal, there are many boundaries to cross to get there.  This series explores what it will take – looking at current projects like Solar Impulse as well as other approaches to deliver cost-effective, resource-efficient transport that respects the environment while ensuring safe, seamless mobility.

What’s Next in the Internet of Things?

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The impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) will run deep into the very fabric of our lives and the way we interact with the world around us. This series will explore the how our day to day process of living will evolve and the potential impacts on safety and ethics as IOT devices become more attuned to our specific needs and desires.

The Future of Energy

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In the final series, we consider how our rapidly growing global population has to find new ways to address the challenge of power, while at the same time facing the depletion of easy-to-access fossil fuels and the threat of climate change.  With the world steadily turning to renewable energy sources as the answer to our future energy needs, we explore what it will take to make a 100% renewables planet.

This series is similar to a 2014 program, where we explored advances in cardiovascular medicine, the impact performance footwear can have on both everyday and professional athletes and new ways to imagine future cities.

Over the next few months, we will reveal each of these stories to you through videos, infographics and news articles.  Preview the series in our new commercial that gives a glimpse into Dassault Systèmes vision for the future and how 3DEXPERIENCE can shape our lives. Watching TV? Look for the spot through July 31st on BBC World News and on CNN.


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