Smart Wireless Connector
To centrally monitor and control public lighting, the luminaires must be equipped with wireless controllers. To ensure that they can operate properly in spite of a diverse range of products on the market, we became the first Swiss company to adopt the Zhaga wireless interface standard. The universal interface between streetlights and the wireless network enables technology- and manufacturer-independent smart lighting solutions.
Zhaga sets standards related to LED technology
Zhaga is an international consortium of actors in the lighting industry that is working to standardise all components related to LED luminaires. Zhaga is a member programme of the IEEE Industry and counts many well-known global companies from the lighting industry among its members. Standardisation enables end customers and manufacturers to plan, use and manage LED components with greater flexibility and efficiency. With the new Zhaga socket (Book 18), the Zhaga organisation standardised the mechanical and electrical interface between a wireless network or sensor and the luminaire electronics. The Zhaga socket is attached through the luminaire housing and connected to the DALI-compatible luminaire electronics inside the luminaire.
Advantages of the Zhaga socket
- Standardised interface for all wireless networks
- Simple and fast installation of a wireless controller
- Allows the tiniest dimensions and thus minimal changes to the cityscape
- Network ready – allows initial installation of the luminaire without the wireless network and subsequent upgrade to a wireless network controller at any later point
- Fast and easy replacement of the wireless controller – due to the fast pace of technological change, it’s impossible to predict which wireless technology will be the standard in five years. As our high-quality luminaires achieve services lives of roughly 15-20 years, it’s all the more important to enable simple replacement of the wireless controller using the Zhaga socket.
- The interface also makes it possible to connect additional sensors to a luminaire.
- Growing ecosystem – thanks to the open standard, any light and wireless network manufacturer can participate in this standard