nLight AIR’s 5-Tier security architecture uses NIST-approved techniques that far exceed the security specifications of competitive systems, which typically only support data encryption. AES128 bit data encryption is just the first tier of security architecture. After encrypting the application data, the second tier engages mutual entity authentication. The devices exchanging information authenticate each other and then encrypt their communications link, which is the third tier in the security architecture. The fourth tier is “limited anonymity” meaning the communication link is anonymous after initial registration. No critical device parameters that could be used by intruders to access the network are transmitted over the air. Finally, the fifth tier validates and verifies the device firmware before “going live.” Together, these five tiers create the most comprehensive security architecture in the lighting control industry.