The document introduces the ELIOT initial open reference architecture and shows its close relation to other standardized reference architectures. The open reference architecture for the future connected lighting infrastructure is aimed to facilitate integration of VLC into various IoT applications, as described and specified in the use cases section of this document and further extended through ongoing developments in ELIOT.
The defined architecture represents a common view on partitioning of end-to-end applications into functional building blocks, together with the identification of appropriate interfaces enabling, thus, the interworking of components made by different manufacturers. Architectural aspects of integration of LiFi into various kinds of networks, e.g. enterprise, industrial, or residential, but also 4G/5G mobile networks is addressed as well.