We certainly have heard and read a lot about the advantages of LEDs over conventional light sources – longer lifetime, lower energy consumption, as well as reduced maintenance costs while allowing lighting to last 2-3 times longer. Automated and networked LED street lights can further increase energy savings and reduce maintenance costs, apart from other benefits. Thus, many smart cities are gearing up for intelligent LED street lights that are synced with controls to vary the intensity of the light, turn lights on and off and report outages.
Despite innovations in these latest intelligent street lighting technologies, many cities can’t support them due to their installation costs.
To help the growth of intelligent street lighting systems, smart City solution provider Nordic Automation Systems has announced a LoRaWAN luminaire controller that offers greater interoperability and is claimed to be 6 times more affordable than already existing solutions on the market.
The controller ensures compatibility with existing form factors. And it’s 40 x 19 mm dimensions make it easily adaptable to new LED light sources equipped with right fit receptacle sockets.
Also noteworthy is that the solution uses LoRaWAN communications protocol which is widely getting adopted in smart cities.
The controller is claimed as the first Zhaga book 18 compliant controller based on LoRaWAN communication. Zhaga Book 18 defines a standardized interface between a receptacle on the exterior of the LED luminaire and a sensing and communication module that fits into the receptacle. The standardized interface means that the module can be easily replaced in the field, allowing the luminaire to be upgraded via the addition of new smart capabilities. Also, the luminaire can be shipped with a blank cap in the receptacle, allowing a module to be field-installed at a later date if required.
The modernized controller allows easier integration to luminaires due to its simple push-and-twist lock feature to activate smart wireless street lighting without complicated internal wiring.
Further, the product is designed to work with DALI-2 systems. Controlling through DALI-2 interface enables to add more addresses on a single DALI network as well as allows better flexibility.
The Zhaga 18 controller offers the following key features and benefits:
- customizable dimming profiles
- DALI interface
- configurable ON/OFF switching
- real-time data analytics
- reduced energy consumption and more