Since its founding in 2010, the Zhaga Consortium has spearheaded the mission to standardize the interfaces of LED luminaire components across the industry. With the development of the Zhaga Book 18 socket as a universal platform for street light connectivity, sensors such as the Philips OMS can be easily installed and remotely managed via Interact in the cloud to perform a range of smart functions.
In 2022, Zhaga launched the Zhaga Awards to recognize innovation and excellence in the development, manufacture, and application of smart city sensors that can be installed on street lights using the Book 18 socket. Open to manufacturers, universities, and other market innovators, the awards were judged by a panel of highly accredited experts from across the industry. These included Kevin Fitzmaurice of Georgia Power, Dr. Jan Paul Baginski of DEW21, Graham Mawer of the SSROC, Christophe Orceau of the TALQ Consortium Steering Committee, Carl Bloomfield of Intertek, and Ted Drost of DEKRA. This particular category for multisensors evaluated sensors that combine two or more of the following functions: mobility, climate, pollutants, sound, and lighting controls.
The Philips OMS is capable of acting as a motion sensor that automatically increases light levels in response to motion. This means that pedestrians walking down an otherwise dark street can enjoy peace of mind as connected luminaires light up ahead of them according to the pedestrians’ direction of travel. For drivers and cyclists, the road ahead is safely illuminated as they approach—increasing feelings of safety and reducing accidents. And when no pedestrians, motorists, or cyclists are around, the street lights remain dimmed. This both saves energy and reduces the impact of light pollution on local wildlife.