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Smart luminaire designed to tackle interoperability

Smart interface will simplify the addition of communication or sensor nodes to the luminaire with plug-and-play interoperability

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Interoperable luminaires and components aim to be future-proof
Interoperable luminaires and components aim to be future-proof

The Zhaga Consortium (Zhaga) and the Digital Illumination Interface Alliance (DiiA) have agreed to work on a joint certification programme for a smart luminaire interface.

 

The goal is to enable intelligent, future-proof LED luminaires with Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity.

 

Designing a smart interface

 

The certification programme will be based on complementary specifications from Zhaga and DiiA, which together define the smart luminaire interface. This interface simplifies the addition of communication/sensor nodes to LED luminaires with plug-and-play interoperability. Initially the focus is on outdoor lighting, but indoor solutions will also be developed.

 

According to the partners, interoperability based on open standards and supported by a robust certification programme has far-reaching implications, resulting in value creation and reduced complexity for outdoor lighting and smart city projects.

 

“Our joint certification programme will provide the entire value chain with confidence in multi-vendor product interoperability,” said Ruud van Bokhorst, general manager of DiiA.

 

“It will reduce complexity and add value for luminaire makers and commercial end-users, allowing the upgrading of the digital functions of smart luminaires.”

“Cities require plug-and-play interoperability between outdoor luminaires and communication/sensor nodes, to efficiently enable and future-proof their smart city applications”

The programme will include outdoor LED luminaires, as well as components such as drivers, sensors and communication nodes. A certification mark will clearly indicate interoperability. Further details will be announced in the second quarter of 2019.

 

“Cities require plug-and-play interoperability between outdoor luminaires and communication/sensor nodes, to efficiently enable and future-proof their smart city applications,” added Dee Denteneer, secretary general of the Zhaga Consortium.

 

“The collaboration with DiiA allows us to cover all aspects of this interface, and the joint certification programme and marking will confirm plug-and-play interoperability to our customers.”

 

The smart luminaire interface is based on the DALI protocol for intra-luminaire communication, including the recently-published DiiA specifications for integrated DALI power supplies, and data storage/retrieval for asset management, energy reporting and diagnostics.

 

These specifications will be referred to in the upcoming Zhaga Book 18 ed 2.0 which also defines the mechanical connectivity interface and conditions for interoperability.

 

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