Signify chooses Google Cloud IoT Core to power Philips Hue smart lighting
Product Manager, Cloud IoT Core
Today, more than ever, consumers expect personalization, innovation and information protection from their connected products and services. According to industry analysts, this trend will continue, and the number of connected devices will likely exceed 21.5B in 2025.1
To successfully execute a connected products strategy, IoT manufacturers must choose a partner that can scale with their business and provide the innovation and privacy that consumers expect. Signify, the creators of the highly successful Philips Hue line of smart light bulbs, selected Google Cloud as their preferred partner of choice to deliver a seamless digital experience, making it easier than ever for Hue owners to enjoy smart lighting’s full potential.
Signify chose Google Cloud to power their smart lighting solution for our ability to manage millions of connected devices as well as offer true scalability, flexibility, and security.
Signify performed an extensive evaluation of our technologies for connected devices and intelligent products, with a focus on Cloud IoT Core. Here’s how Signify approached the evaluation:
Large fleet simulation using virtual devices
Live field test and validation with the entire installed base of Hue Bridges
The goal of the large fleet simulation with virtual devices was to prove that our Cloud IoT Core could meet scalability and performance expectations now and in the future. This simulation effectively stress tested Cloud IoT Core by connecting as many simulated devices as the actual number of Hue Bridges managed by Signify, and then by performing typical messaging operations.
Benchmark architecture diagram
Tests were initiated via insertion of benchmarking parameters into Cloud Firestore which in turn triggered communication to devices through IoT Core via Cloud Functions. Responses from devices were routed back through Cloud Pub/Sub and recorded back in Firestore via Cloud Functions. The data stored in Firestore allowed the team to analyze the success of the benchmark.
Once the simulation was complete and validated the scalability of Google Cloud Platform, Signify initiated the real-world test. To ensure there would not be any interruption in service for Hue Bridge owners, Signify deployed Cloud IoT Core as a second connection path, leaving the functioning legacy connection and backend infrastructure in place while separating the connection to Google Cloud. This allowed for safe validation of Cloud IoT Core, in a real world context, with direct comparison to the existing legacy infrastructure.
The dual path real-world test included dozens of unique benchmarks, without any reported issues over many weeks. This result proved that Cloud IoT Core and the associated architecture would support Signify and their customers’ expectations for performance and reliability.
Signify has noted that Cloud IoT Core met and exceeded their performance expectations, with low latency and high scalability. This level of performance enables Signify to confidently scale their business, today and beyond.
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1. Internet of Things (IoT) active device connections installed base worldwide from 2015 to 2025, Statista