Philips crowned as having the world’s best API for the Internet of Things

September 10, 2014

Eindhoven, The Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), the global leader in lighting, today took the crown for the Top API for the Internet of Things at the prestigious Digital Accelerator Awards with its revolutionary Philips Hue personal wireless lighting system. Philips Hue was named winner of the Top API for the Internet of Things - a category which recognizes “groundbreaking innovation” and devices which “enhance the way people live, work and play”. The awards are part of this year’s “I love API” conference being held in Fort Mason, San Francisco between the September 8 and 10.
Philips Hue, the world’s most innovative connected lighting system for the home, allows you to illuminate and control your home lighting directly from your iOS and Android device. Philips Hue is able to create lighting settings based on your favorite photos; you can choose lighting to help you relax, concentrate or you can even set timers to help you wake up to Hue light. The Philips Hue system offers a completely revolutionary way to experience and interact with light at home, redefining the possibilities of LED technology and making light integrated with our world to improve our lives.

Hue has benefitted from having an open API which has resulted in hundreds of apps being created by an active and engaged developer community. They have harnessed the connectivity of Hue in all manner of different ways. From creating magical immersive moments for home entertainment to syncing your lights with the beat for listening to music, the possibilities of the open API are as endless as they are exciting.

Nacho Sanchez, CEO of Inqbarna, who created the app ‘Splyce’ for Hue said, “An open API is the best way for developers to use their imagination and design great apps which make the most out of Philips Hue. As well as both Philips and developers benefitting, consumers are also major beneficiaries that get an enhanced product with even more possibilities.” On the subject of API and the Internet of Things, Nacho added, “An open API combined with the Internet of Things opens many possibilities to companies and developers; we are now finding solutions for problems that had no answer in the past. This approach will help drive the Internet of Things movement forward even faster than ever.”

Kevin Toms who manages the Developer Program for Philips Hue describes how Hue puts light at the heart of the connected home: “Analysts predict that the Internet of Things will grow to over 50 billion items by 2020, increasing from around 8 billion in 2014. Our focus at Philips is to provide amazing lighting experiences that take light beyond mere illumination. The open API has led to more than 190 third-party apps being created so far, with many more to come each new app brings a new and interactive way for consumers to enjoy Philips Hue.”

The Hue software developers kit has allowed developers, whether experts or those creating apps as a hobby, to develop mobile apps for Philips Hue. The open access to the API and the offer of a programming guide and libraries to help people get started allows easy app creation.

Philips Hue has won a number of awards including the following
  • Philips was named number 2 out of the top 10 most innovative companies in the Internet of Things category by Fast Company in 2014.
  • Philips LightStrips Friends of Hue won Engadget’s Reader’s Choice awards for Home Product of the Year in 2012.
  • Philips Lighting CEO, Eric Rondolat, was announced as the Most Influential Executive in the Internet of Things in a survey by Appinions.

For further information, please contact:

Jeannet Harpe 
Sector / department: Philips Lighting
Tel: +31 6 53 722221

About Royal Philips:

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2013 sales of EUR 23.3 billion and employs approximately 113,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at  .