The U.S. Department of Energy has recently completed the first study in a series focused on connected lighting systems (CLS). The goal of the study is to assess the current state of CLS given the vast number of manufacturers, technology protocols, and business approaches for this hot-button issue in the lighting industry.

According to the press release, the first study examined “interoperability as realized by the use of APIs.” Some of the study’s initial findings suggest, “CLS developers should make their APIs readily available and ensure that documentation is synchronized with software updates,” and “the lighting industry, and perhaps the Internet of Things industry as well, should consider adopting a common approach to authentication, with some minimum level of resistance to cybersecurity vulnerabilities.”

To read the report findings, the document can be downloaded here.