Low Energy Mesh – an unofficial world record?

Reduced energy consumption in wireless connectivity is a strong demand in many industries. LumenRadio’s focus in perfecting wireless has led to unique results within low energy mesh. Having wireless products running on the same battery through the whole lifecycle is a demand which could, by some, be considered a dream – we just made it a reality.


For manufacturers within HVAC, Building Automation or Industrial Sensor Networks, the main drivers of low energy mesh technology in battery powered devices is retrofit. Old buildings need to be retrofitted with modern technology to meet the requirements within energy efficient buildings, and industrial machines needs to go Zero Wires to attain lower installation cost, lower product costs and to have a increased service life of the product.  


At LumenRadio this has been a focus for our R&D department for some time. When we launched the MiraOS v2.0 in April we were proud of the results within low power mesh but today, five months later, we are even more proud since we have reduced the energy consumption even further in the MiraOS v2.1. We have not only outperformed the competition, but also set a new standard for low energy mesh technology.


MiraOS v2.1 enables ultra low energy consumption for battery operated solutions. The current consumption for meshing nodes is now reduced to less than 16uA, which enables more than 15 years operation in routing mode from an AA-sized battery. And a leaf node on a coin cell battery can easily last for 10 years. This consumption is calculated when sending a 160B data message every minute. This low energy consumption gives manufacturers the possibility to significantly lower their product- and/or their maintenance costs either by reducing battery size or having long maintenance intervals of the sensors.   


Meshing mode Leaf node
Coin cell battery 3 years 10 years
AA-sized battery 15 years* 15 years*

*Battery life will be limited to 15 years due to the self-discharge rate of batteries.


No other wireless technology can today match our ultra low energy mesh offer. Some have succeeded with 5 years of battery life when you have a 5 minute interval on your data collection, but we have gone far beyond that. In fact, with MiraOS, the only limitation is the pure shelf-life of the battery; as of today’s specifications, no AA-sized battery can last longer than 15 years, due to self-discharge. So, when the lifespan of batteries increases, we will gladly accept the challenge and provide you with an even longer running time! We call our dedicated low energy focus Zero Wire technologyTM.  


As shown above, this is significantly better than any other competing wireless technology. And in fact, the best possible with today’s batteries. Could it be a new unofficial world record? We think so.



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Visit from Lithuanias ministry 2018

Innovation in focus for Lithuania’s minister of economy

Last week, we had a noble visit from Lithuania’s Minister of Economy and Innovation, Virginijus Sinkevičius. Together with three colleagues they came to Sweden to seek lessons on innovation and entrepreneurship.


Lithuania is focused on offering a dynamic and innovative business environment and many international companies are currently assembling quality research and innovation teams in the country. The country has a strong and committed governmental support for R&D and a longstanding focus on developing highly educated talents.


The purpose of Mr Sinkevičius visit was to meet some of the leading Swedish technology companies to better understand the trends as well as look at partnership opportunities. We at LumenRadio are proud to be chosen for a visit together with leading companies in Stockholm and Gothenburg, together with Nasdaq and Volvo Trucks.


LumenRadio’s research and development department was in focus during the visit and Michael Karlsson, R&D Manager, explained:

“We are always looking to further strengthen our position when it comes to technology leadership and innovation. It was an honor meeting with Mr Sinkevičius and his team to talk about the future of IoT and hear about their initiatives within our field of technology. It really helps in getting a picture of what possibilities we have.”    


We are most impressed with the long-term vision, competence and passion LumenRadio team demonstrates. The IoT market is expanding rapidly and this company is well positioned to take a lead in secure wireless communication. Lithuania has a lot to offer in embedded software and hardware engineering fields, and we hope to partner in the future.”

said Virginijus Sinkevičius, who has been the minister of economy since 2017.


Industry 4.0 | Creating self-predicting electric drives with ABB and Ericsson

LumenRadio is excited to start collaborating with ABB, KTH, Ericsson and Imagimob to tackle the Industry 4.0 vision of Self-predicting, inter-communicating electric drives.

The project is coordinated by KTH (Royal Institiute of Technology) and involves a number of industrial partners (ABB AB, Ericsson AB, Imagimob AB and LumenRadio AB) with competences in electric power, artificial intelligence and communication systems in order to build a value chain that completes each other’s core competence and business.


Improving energy efficiency
As a continuation of the Vinnova-financed feasibility study “Smart current sensor for a network of electric drives”, this project aims to realize a proof of concept of a new way of achieving industrial process reliability by using wireless mesh connectivity, smart electric drives and Edge AI.

In broad terms the project outcome shall improve energy efficiency and reduce down-time of industrial processes by focusing on increased intelligence, inter-communication capabilities and autonomous operation of electric drives in an industrial process.


Cutting edge predictive maintenance
It is expected that achieving a proof of concept will show the possibility of performing condition monitoring and predictive maintenance of winding insulation ageing in the drive control board. By using new predictive maintenance algorithms based on artificial intelligence in combination with wireless mesh inter-drive connectivity information does not have to be sent to a higher cloud to be processed. This aspect is important when talking about autonomous electric drives.

Finally, it is an honor for LumenRadio receiving this opportunity to show the greatness of wireless mesh in the quest for self-sensing and self-monitoring electric drives.


Christian Sahlin

Niclas Norlén, Christian Sahlin and Peter Lindkvist


DMXmesh™ – “the best invention since sliced bread”

The best invention since sliced bread – that was the most common reaction we got when we showcased DMXmeshTM at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt in April. Sliced bread – the saviour of every hectic morning and every 1:00 a.m. snack craving – is an honorable analogy. Above all else, it’s an accurate one. But to understand the background for all these comments we have to back up some years.


When I first entered the professional lighting industry about one and a half decade ago, wireless DMX systems already existed – and had been existing for some time. The systems of those days were generally based on standard radio technologies like WiFi and Bluetooth. The systems of those days where not very reliable and they were also cumbersome to set up and use – you basically needed a IT technician and an RF engineer to set up a system that would work for a live show.


Challenging Status Quo

10 years ago LumenRadio was founded – one of the first steps taken in the vision of changing the lighting industry. Our first task was to make wireless lighting controls reliable, frequency friendly and – last but not least – user friendly. A lot has happened since then. LumenRadio products has been so reliable and easy to set up and easy to use so they have conquered the entertainment industry – Coachella Music Festival, Eurovision Song Contest, Stadium tours, block buster movie sets, you name it… We’re the only wireless company winning five innovation awards in the lighting industry; whereof three consecutive years and two the same year – so we are used to challenging the status quo and push the boundaries for what’s possible.


What does all of that has to do with DMXmesh?

With DMXmesh we’re taking user friendliness to a new level. Up until now, when doing architectural and architainment lighting installations the installer had to perform site surveys for measuring signal strengths since wireless DMX systems has been in a star topology – one transmitter and many receivers. This has also lead to a lot of time being spent on calculating where to place repeaters, using directional antennas, doing cell planning, etc, etc.

Façade lighting before DMXmesh

Façade lighting before DMXmesh


At LumenRadio we believed this could be done in a much easier way, removing the need for all this work. And we could bring the knowledge of mesh networking to the lighting industry – resulting in our patent pending DMXmesh technology. With DMXmesh, all receivers and DMXmesh enabled fixtures will help forward the lighting control data in a collaborative manner, meaning no more need for site surveys. The installer just has to make sure that any one receiver always has wireless range to at least one other fixture – the DMXmesh technology will do the rest.

Façade lighting with DMXmesh

Façade lighting with DMXmesh

No need for manual configuration

DMXmesh is fully automated mesh network with multi-path redundancy, meaning that the signal will flow every possible path through the network simultaneously, making it extremely robust.

Combined with our patented cognitive coexistence technology the need for cell planning is also eliminated – the system will automatically select the available frequencies when they are available – no manual configuration needed, and no extra expensive hardware to support multiple frequency bands is needed, just as simple as plug-n-light.


What about the sliced bread?

The time for installation and wireless commissioning is greatly reduced for architectural and architainment illumination, no more site surveys or complicated planning for the wireless DMX distribution. The high barriers for wireless light control of yesterday will be a memory from the past. The DMXmesh technology will let you focus on what is important; illumination, not on DMX distribution. Obviously, our trade show booth visitors weren’t just buttering up – it’s the best invention since sliced bread. And I’m proud that we at LumenRadio once again will change the professional lighting industry.


DMXmesh products

The first products to hit the market, by the end of the year, with support for DMXmesh are our brand-new radio module TimoTwoTM and the end-user product MoonLiteTM. Both MoonLite and TimoTwo also features support for Bluetooth connectivity to our smartphone app CRMX Toolbox for device management configuration, and software updates.


Michael Karlsson R&D Manager

Michael Karlsson, R&D Manager


LumenRadio celebrates 10 years of reliable wireless connectivity

2018 marks the 10-year anniversary for LumenRadio. We’ve accomplished a lot in one short decade, and there is without a doubt more to come.


The light-bulb moment

In the middle of the night, while driving on an empty highway, LumenRadio’s founder Niclas Norlén couldn’t help but notice all the street lights. They we’re blasting at full capacity, even though there were no other cars in sight. This was a true light-bulb moment (pun intended) for Norlén who realized that lighting could (and should) be made smart – and so he did.

After the initial idea formed back in 2008, LumenRadio quickly became the wireless partner in professional lighting. Our wireless DMX technology was requested at numerous occasions; from festivals and Hollywood productions to royal weddings and architainment illuminations.


Exploring new possibilities

This proven versatility and the successful results generated a great deal of confidence in the LumenRadio team, and we humbly decided to become the wireless partner in even greater areas. Thus, entering the world of IoT.

With the new Mira module, LumenRadio’s patented reliable connectivity reached new customers and enabled even more companies to connect their surroundings. In 2016 Swegon launched their new wireless climate control system built on LumenRadio’s technology, and it proved to be just as reliable in this area as in professional lighting.


Frequencies and coexistence

We are witnessing a massive increase of wirelessly connected things. In fact, we have been for a while. With these congestions in the frequency spectrum, you need to find a way through the frequency noise of today, as well as adapt to the congestions of tomorrow. Otherwise; no communication.

The LumenRadio Cognitive Coexistence technology works like a weather forecaster; predicting on a millisecond basis how the frequency spectrum will be utilized going forward.

Adaptation to a new reality is the key ingredient of being future-proof, and we have been practicing this for a decade.


The wireless future

When it comes to technology, the accelerating expansion of possibilities semes to surpass the expansion of the universe itself. With over 75 billion devices predicted to be connected by 2025, reliable and Future-Proof connectivity has never been more important. This is what makes us so passionate about what we do, and we always aim to expand and improve. With our trademarked Cognitive Coexistence (and our equally trademarked humble confidence), we believe that with LumenRadio in the mix, 2018 will be a pivotal year for the technology of the future.


Niclas Norlén at the celebrations at Prolight and sound 2018

“It has been an amazing 10 years! I’m so thankful to the people I’m working with that makes LumenRadio such a great company. When I started I was convinced that wireless technology could change the world and to see that we keep developing and perfecting a technology that revolutionizes industry after industry is just fantastic” says Niclas Norlén, founder and CTO of LumenRadio.

Industrial connectivity - a trend at Hannover Messe 2018

Connectivity at HANNOVER MESSE

Wireless connectivity for Industrial applications was a hot topic at the HANNOVER MESSE 2018 and it is pretty obvious why – the foundation for the digitalization of the manufacturing industry is reliable wireless communication and this is where it all begins.


I’m back from the the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology – the center-of-gravity for the ongoing Industry 4.0 movement and it is clear the next industrial revolution is here.


Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 was, as expected, the focus of many of the large industry companies and I would say that connectivity was one of the most used words at the tradeshow.

Many large industrial companies and manufacturers are today either already presenting wireless solutions or looking at radio communication as a solution for upgrading their products and services. Now they realize the importance of building their digital solutions on a solid foundation and reliable wireless communication stacks are more important than ever.


The rapid change in the Industry

For a long time the consumer products have driven the innovation and technology development in the market but that is definitely about to change. The industrial actors require high standards and with their challenging technical requirements such as extreme low power consumption, accurate time synchronization, edge computing and ultra robustness they are setting the agenda for the future. With that said, I think that LumenRadio’s Mira solution is very well positioned for realizing all the opportunities that IIoT and Industry 4.0 represent.


Condition based monitoring

What many industrial companies now are realising, is that the right wireless connectivity solution is even more reliable and robust in comparison to traditional wired solutions. Wireless connectivity means simplified installation, lower installation costs, increased flexibility and scalability. And with countless different wireless sensors in meshed network, running on battery power or through energy harvesting technology, predictive maintenance will be applied more widely than ever.


Choosing the right technology

The ability to wirelessly collect and process large amount of data will boost your digital manufacturing offer. But as we all know, once an industrial company has chosen a certain technical platform it becomes very hard to change. From our experience we know that it is a tough decision to make, and that the wireless connectivity technology that you choose will be crucial for future success.


I am proud to present MiraOS for harsh industrial applications, as it offers many unique features tailored for IoT and Industry 4.0. Are you interested in knowing more about our patented technologies, operating system or radio modules for Future-Proof wireless connectivity, then please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Trend Report from Light + Building 2018

Connectivity, connectivity and connectivity… A trend report from Light + Building 2018

What was the main topics at Light + Building 2018 and what can we learn from historic trends within the lighting industry? Don´t miss our CTOs trend report from the intense Frankfurt week.

10 years ago we discussed how and when the LED was going to be used and adopted by the market and I think many of us was surprised how fast the LED revolution happened. The LED is now commoditized and something we take for granted for sure.

At the 2018 edition of Light + Building, one thing stood clear, there was a massive interest around the “Connected fixture” and I recognize the same excitement and hunger for knowledge as I experienced with the LED, back in the days.

The IoT-revolution

But the connectivity revolution has a main difference from the LED technology revolution. The LED was a direct replacement of the light bulb and therefore a technology quite easy for the lighting manufacturers to understand – Connectivity is not.

With the LED we discussed CRI, color temperature and lumen/W which everyone in the lighting industry understands. But when we now talk about connectivity we use expressions like IPv6, network scaling capabilities and latency. Expression and quality indicators new to the industry.

However we are in the middle of the IoT-revolution, the future for the fixture manufacturer is wireless connectivity on a massive scale. What we see is a business driven requirement that more or less says: “– Connect or die

Connectivity providers

This means that the lighting business needs to adapt to a technology radically different to any other technologies seen before… and it needs to happen now. The lighting business obviously needs help and there are many connectivity providers trying to get a share of the market.

Unfortunately I see that many of these connectivity providers does not really know the requirements of the lighting business, nor how to deal with them. This reminds me a little bit about the excitement when the HF-ballast for fluorescent lighting was introduced. A great technology indeed, but it attracted suppliers that shouldn’t really have entered the lighting industry. Many of the luminaire manufacturers got a cold shower when lower quality HF ballast literally burned in the field, resulting in huge costs.

Understanding wireless lighting

Connectivity for the lighting business has been LumenRadio’s core focus since the start 10 years ago, and we are today the de-facto standard of wireless lighting controls within professional lighting. Our many years of experience within lighting and IoT has given us a lot of knowledge;

  • We know that in a commercial building the number of luminaires easily scales beyond thousands.
  • We know that when you flick the switch all the lights should turn on instantly, not with a few seconds delay with fixtures turning on randomly like popcorn pops.
  • We understand that scaling also means low maintenance complexity.
  • We also understand that scaling means that the luminaire needs to be integrated in the regular IT infrastructure talking standard IPv6.

At LumenRadio we have the technology for connecting the luminaire from basic room control to massive scaling for building wide control. We know wireless light controls! Interesting times lie ahead and if you want to learn more about connectivity please contact us.

MiraOS brain

Unique new features in operating system for smart products

LumenRadio takes ultra-low power wireless connectivity to the next level with breakthrough new features for smart products

PRESS RELEASE: Wireless technology provider LumenRadio, developers of Future-Proof Coexistence Connectivity, has released an enhanced operating system – MiraOS. With a new set of unique features to support ultra-reliable and future proof meshed networks, the upgrade includes many highly anticipated features such as multi-standard and IPv6 support, easy commissioning by NFC and Bluetooth* as well as exceptionally high precision time-stamping of data.

LumenRadio’s patented technologies and the enhanced MiraOS are specifically tailored to enable products to become smart and connected. The technology is easy to integrate and allows manufacturers to develop the application software needed to control and collect data from their products.

MiraOS operates on a wide range of radio chips using state-of-the-art algorithms for mesh, coexistence, ultra-low power, over-the-air firmware updates, supporting standard IPv6 communication. By eliminating interference and adding the ability to co-exist side-by-side with other wireless technologies, smart building product manufacturers can Future-Proof their offerings in a whole new way with MiraOS.

“In addition to our existing patents, I dare to say that our new features make us a strong contender when it comes to ultra-reliable and future proof wireless connectivity”, says Alexander Hellström, CEO of LumenRadio. With this release we aim at making it easier than ever to implement an ultra low power device-to-device connectivity solution for IoT-products at the edge”, he continues.

“As we can also provide hardware in addition to our software we have a full-service solution that offer product manufacturers everything in one bundle – from help to adhere to full sustainability requirements and complete technology certifications to the actual deployment. I firmly believe that we have now positioned ourselves as a leading provider of innovative wireless connectivity on the global market”, says Niclas Norlén, CTO of LumenRadio.


The new features

Ultra-low power consumption for battery operated solutions:

  •      5 years operation in meshing mode from a AA-sized battery
  •      15 years operation in non-routing (leaf) mode from a AA-sized battery

Multi-standard support  

LumenRadio’s system allows future upgrades/compatibility to any standard communication stack based on the BLE or 802.15.4 physical layer, which provides future-proofing out of the ordinary.

Full IPv6 support

The upgraded operating system has full IPv6 support to facilitate easier and more rapid development of applications on top of MiraOS.

Easy commissioning using NFC or Bluetooth*

Up until now commissioning has presented a big challenge for installers. LumenRadio’s MiraOS has solved this by making it possible to do efficient and easy commissioning by using a smartphone distributing network credentials to devices over NFC or Bluetooth*.

Extreme accurate time synchronization in industrial sensor networks:

  •     Wireless high precision time-stamping (<50us)
  •     Enable advanced correlation analysis by data aggregation from multiple sensors


Get the demo at Light + Building in Frankfurt, March 18-23

We are showcasing MiraOS and the new features at the Light + Building trade show in Frankfurt on March 18-23. You are welcome to stop by for a demonstration and consultation on how to implement our contemporary connectivity solutions into your lighting system. Stop by at stand 4.1.B71 for a coffee and a chat!


About LumenRadio

Lumen Radio is a wireless connectivity company based in Gothenburg. We develop, market and sell low-power and ultra-reliable systems for wireless IoT-applications based on our patented Cognitive Coexistence technologies. From high-profile professional lighting to heavy-duty industrial equipment, we have a solution that works in environments where others fail.


For more information about LumenRadio’s solutions, please contact:

Niclas Norlén, CTO

+46 766 278 728


Alexander Hellström, CEO

+46 703 77 24 15


*) Coming soon

LumenRadio at Light + Building 2018

Get your free pair of AirGlows – the future of lighting control

Light + Building is the world’s leading trade fair for lighting and building services technology and starts March 18th and this year LumenRadio is there presenting a brand new product.


At Light + Building we will be showcasing our brand new wireless lighting control solution called AirGlow® – this is a new multi-standard lighting controller with DALI and 1-10V interface that comes packed with powerful and easy-to-use features. Compatible with both Bluetooth Mesh and our own ultra-reliable Mira Mesh technology, AirGlow® is suitable for light control of individual rooms but also scalable to allow for full building light controls.


At Light + Building you can sign up and get your free pair of AirGlows!

Stop by our booth in Hall 4.1 Stand B71 and we will tell you all about the AirGlow® product and how you can get two of your own!

We will also showcase our MiraOS operating system, which enables a large-scale and easy-to-install wireless mesh network. MiraOS is a perfect fit for lighting and, developed with focus on easy scaling, it gives you the option to start with light controls for a single room and later scale to large network lighting control.

Make sure to stop by our booth in Hall 4.1 Stand B71 and we will tell you more!

Read more about AirGlow®Click here: 

#SmartLighting #ReliableConnectivity



Going from smart buildings to intelligent – trend report from SBC2018

Winston Churchill once said “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us”. At this year’s Smart Building Conference, SBC, we learned that dramatic changes lie ahead and we need to question that old truth. Smart buildings turn intelligent and we keep on changing them…. to adjust to us. This post will give you an insight in what we discussed at SBC and what inspiring changes lie ahead.  


How we plan and build commercial buildings is profoundly changing. The driving forces are people and the focus on enhancing human productivity. The technology of today can improve our wellbeing which naturally leads to an improved productivity, after all we come from nature so why not make the buildings more humancentric?


Workspace – as important as the paycheck
Millennials will comprise more than 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, a generation where the Internet revolution and digitalization has been a natural part of life and at SBC we learned that this generation has a different view of the workspace which will have a huge impact on the design of the workplace.

Open workplaces where co-working and creativity come naturally is highly desired by this generation still a personalized workspace is equally important. Studies show that this generation will not have the same loyalty to the employer as previous generations and the workplace environment is as important as the paycheck.

The EDGE building, Amsterdam

A personalized yet open workspace is possible to combine. The EDGE building in Amsterdam is a good example. Their success lies in breaking up the traditional silo thinking that for example light control systems and a HVAC systems only can be used for the original purpose and nothing else.  Thanks to smart use of technology the EDGE building is claimed to be the most sustainable building in the world and probably also the best workplace.


Wellbeing leads to increased productivity
The requirements on the modern office is amplified by the increased focus on productivity represented by the $3-$30-$300 rule. That is $3 of the spending in a building is related to energy, $30 to assets and $300 of that spending is related to productivity. One percent increased productivity or one percent savings on assets or energy… what would be most beneficial…? Well you do the math.

Productivity and a good workplace environment goes hand in hand. We come from the nature and bringing in some elements of nature into the commercial building will have a significant impact in the right direction. So how will this effect Light and HVAC controls?


The human in focus
The future of humancentric lighting and controlled indoor climate is to break the silo thinking and let the technology serve the humans on a personal level.

Personalized controls is the way forward which means that not only should I as an individual be allowed to adjust the indoor environment up to my preference, it shall also follow me from one work place to another in the building. For example, air temperature, light color temperature and light level should be the same wherever I work in the building. And this must work in the future creative and humancentric open work spaces.

What do we need to require from technology in making smart buildings intelligent? Everything needs to talk standard IP – when things can communicate across the silos, the silos will break!  Edge computing is identified as one of the key technologies for IoT by Gartner and indispensable in an intelligent building.

Thousand and thousands of sensors connected together will resemble the neurons of the human brain….connected with the synapses… making the building intelligent.

Want to know more about these underlying technologies? Keep an eye out for my next blogpost From smart buildings to intelligent – The key technologies.