Open, interoperable and scalable lighting networks can play a key role in building a smart city. By deploying connected control nodes on these networks, cities can open up opportunities to deliver social, environmental and economic advantages for communities and strong operational and financial benefits for themselves.
The Zhaga Consortium, of which Schréder was a founding member, was set-up to enable interchangeability between luminaires made by different manufacturers. Last year, the consortium united with the Digital Illumination Interface Alliance (DiiA), to standardise the interface between outdoor LED luminaires and communication nodes.
They introduced a new Zhaga-D4i certification program to ensure plug-and-play interoperability between luminaires and control nodes that will ultimately help specifiers, purchasers, installers and end users to choose truly open technology.
A plug-and-play, socket-based connectivity system makes it easy to add or upgrade communication nodes and certain sensors, which in turn enables luminaires to keep pace with rapid developments in digital networking and sensing technologies.
By replacing the node rather than the entire luminaire, the system becomes more FutureProof, and for wirelessly connected nodes this facilitates the connection of the luminaire to a lighting control system.
At Schréder, we have always strongly supported initiatives which encourage research and best practices that lead to professional and quality lighting installations. We also firmly believe that open and interoperable systems are the future to high adoption levels of smart city applications.
By choosing to install these Zhaga-D4i certified luminaires, towns and cities will have the guarantee that their luminaires can interact with nodes from all Zhaga-D4i certified vendors to deliver citizen-centric services while reaching new levels of operational excellence. Confident in this FutureProof technology, cities can become engines of growth and innovation.
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