Ericsson and Signify see 5G connectivity in a new light with joint indoor solution

Ericsson 5G Radio Dot will be embedded in Signify indoor luminaires in a joint offering that will enable service providers to easily add indoor connectivity to buildings when the lighting systems are being built or upgraded.

This is the latest development in the relationship between Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) and Ericsson, who have previously co-developed Lightpole Site Slim, the connected outdoor lighting pole small cell solution.

The new luminaire features an embedded Ericsson Radio Dot, Ericsson’s indoor small cell solution, to deliver 5G connectivity as well as light. Remco Lansbergen, Senior Director Global Strategic Alliances at Signify, said: “It’s all about connectivity inside buildings. The bulk of internet traffic is there and corporate WiFi will not always be the preferred option.

“Our connected lighting system, Interact Office, makes it possible to have a high-bandwidth network in the ceiling with Ericsson’s 5G Radio Dot embedded in the luminaires.”

As David Hammarwall, Head of Product Line Radio, Business Area Networks, at Ericsson, noted: “Our 5G Dot is so small and compact, it can fit into a lighting solution.

“Our partnership with Signify is a great example of our innovative work in the indoor small cells space – we are continuously looking for new opportunities and easy ways for service providers and building owners to add indoor mobile connectivity. ”

The embedded 5G Radio Dot will work with Signify’s Interact Office, benefiting from the innovative architecture with power and backhaul delivered though standard CAT 6 networking cable.