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Zhaga D4i (ZD4i) – a de facto Standard for Smart Street Lights

By June 21, 2021 July 27th, 2021 No Comments
  • Zhaga (book 18) socket has become a de facto standard in Europe for smart street lights
  • Latest DALI D4i protocol offers over 60 data-points for advance monitoring of the public lighting infrastructure
  • Zhaga D4i standard delivers excellent interoperability and interchangeability – never seen before in the public lighting sector

Streetlights play a crucial role in ensuring public safety and security. While investing in modernizing public lighting infrastructure, municipalities and city authorities seek LED streetlights that deliver optimal illumination as well as future-ready smart city capability. Furthermore, some decision-makers aspire to achieve advance functions that are built on the smart street-lighting infrastructure, such as, motion sensing, remote monitoring and scheduling street lights, monitoring air quality, tracking pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and offering EV charging facility.

Interoperability clearly plays a significant role in achieving this. Interoperability here means that a controller or motion sensor from vendor A or B, must seamlessly pair and work with a streetlight fixture from vendor X, Y or Z.

Interchangeability | Interoperability – Zhaga (book 18) global standard

Key mission of Zhaga Consortium is to standardize interfaces of the LED luminaires in order to achieve interchangeability and interoperability. Launched in 2018, the standardized Zhaga (book 18) socket enables universal luminaire compatibility, allowing quick tool-free installation of a Zhaga controller on to a Zhaga certified street light luminaire of your choice.

Thanks to this universally accepted standard, specifiers and municipalities do not have to worry about the compatibility between a controller (OLC) and a streetlight fixture.

At Tvilight, our vision and mission fully align with the Zhaga Consortium. We believe that designing intelligent lighting solutions that benefit cities and citizens is imperative. We aim at making our products easily accessible for all, so that cities can effortlessly and economically become smarter and sustainable. List of our Zhaga (book 18) supported intelligent outdoor light controllers (OLC) / streetlight controllers (SLC) include:

Zhaga (book 18) socket interface is rapidly replacing the traditional NEMA 7-Pin (ANSI 136.41) standard in Europe and several other countries. Zhaga (book 18) sockets are available from multiple suppliers such as TEAmphenolTridonic and Longjoin – to name a few. Furthermore, majority of streetlight OEMs deliver Zhaga certified streetlight fixtures.

Plug & Play Intelligence for Smart, Future-Ready Street Lights

DALI Alliance (also known as DiiA, or Digital Illumination Interface Alliance) is an equally important standardization body that aims at improving the interoperability and functionalities of public lighting infrastructure. DiiA’s D4i DALI standard protocol for intelligent, IoT-ready street luminaires ensure excellent software compatibility between the OLC’s and the streetlight fixture.

D4i offers standardized data model, wherein D4i certified LED drivers deliver over 60 standardized data-points to monitor the complete street lighting infrastructure, including the LED module(s), LED Driver, underground Power-Grid as well as the Lamp Controller. Such a level of standardized data model is a mega leap forward and an excellent news for municipalities, utilities and asset managers.

Furthermore, D4i certified drivers offer auxiliary power, which enables the lamp controller to work on clean protected DC power, instead of exposing the Zhaga OLC to direct grid AC power. This, in turn, significantly improves the lifetime and reliability of a Zhaga OLC.

With the latest introduction of the new Zhaga-D4i (ZD4i) interface standard, a combined effort between the DALI Alliance (DiiA) and the Zhaga Consortium, streetlight standardization goes even a step forward. This standard ensures future-proof plug-and-play interoperability between the streetlight controller and the LED luminaires.

The ZD4i assumes dual certification. Meaning that a certified product has a standardized Zhaga book 18 interface, as well as it also adheres to DiiA’s DALI-2 and D4i standards. Such smart lighting products are clearly plug-and-play, interoperable, cost effective and future-ready.

Zhaga D4i Smart Streetlight in action

Want to see how Zhaga D4i works in practice? A bicycle highway in Mechelen (Belgium) uses our ingenious plug-and-play Zhaga controller and Zhaga motion sensor with D4i certified streetlight luminaire. Learn more about this project at: Motion sensor smart street lighting in Belgium.

So, what is our recommendation?

Here are the key takeaways:

  1. Opt only for Zhaga-ready streetlight luminaires. A marginal higher investment will make your public lighting infrastructure future-ready.
  2. Choose either for single Zhaga socket (for controls only option), or dual Zhaga sockets (for both, control and motion sensor capability)
  3. Select Controls vendor that can offer full range of Zhaga products, both RF Mesh as well as IoT. Ensure that Zhaga OLC support Dali D4i communication.

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About Tvilight

TVILIGHT PROJECTS B.V. is a European market leader specializing in motion sensors, wireless lighting controllers, and a complete portfolio of street light management software – to manage, monitor, operate and maintain citywide public lighting infrastructure. Our smart lighting platform and open API allow integration to city’s preferred software platform and thus constitute an open, reliable and future-proof base for Smart Cities and the Internet of Things. The company has installed over 800 projects globally across 25+ countries, including iconic cities and critical infrastructure around the world. Tvilight’s international projects include Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Dutch Railways, Port of Moerdijk, Seoul, Beijing, as well as some of the largest German cities such as Düren, Münster, Cologne, Dortmund, and Berlin. To discover more about us and our products, visit www.tvilight.com.