Downloading this press release (ENG) Zhaga allows the upgraded IoT outdoor LED fixtures Zhaga`s latest specification defines a standardized interface between LED lights and detection and communication modules, and puts the Internet of Things on the outdoor lighting market via smart, remediatable and secure fixtures for the future. February 2018 The Zhaga Consortium, a global group of lighting companies that standardizes the components of LED fixtures, has developed a new specification that helps put the Internet of Things (IoT) on outdoor LED fixtures. The specification, known as Zhaga Book 18, makes it easy to update LED fixtures by adding or changing 24V modules that offer sensor and communication functions. This specification, which demonstrates Zhaga`s emphasis on merging IoT and lighting technologies, is the first step towards a new direction for Zhaga, which will also allow similar possibilities for durable interior fixtures. “This new specification for Book 18 meets industry demand for a standardized interface with a lower space need than existing designs,” said Dee Denteneer, Zhaga`s general secretary. “It allows the installation of secure outdoor LED lights for the future, which can be easily upgraded with intelligent communication functions and sensors. Going forward, I expect Zhaga to make more contributions to bring IoT into the lighting industry. Intelligent LED lights with sensor and communication functions can significantly improve the efficiency, maintenance and operating costs of outdoor lighting systems. At a time of rapid IoT development, there are many unanswered questions about the right choice of sensor technologies and communication protocols that will require future smart lighting networks.
However, LED fixtures are currently installed outdoors, with an expected lifespan of about 20 years or more, and the cost of the upgrade can be prohibitive. Zhaga`s Book 18 specifications solve this dilemma by enabling durable fixtures that can be improved over technology.