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Zhaga gets smart - Section 5 - Conclusions and discussion: Required levels of standardization

Posted on Wednesday December 14 2016, by Zhaga

This article was published in the Proceedings of the 2016 LED Professional Symposium+Expo (September 2016).

Author: Dee Denteneer, Secretary General, Zhaga Consortium

Introduction and index

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Zhaga demonstrates that standardization goes well with differentiation and innovation. By restricting only those parameters that display arbitrary variation and that do not add value for the customer, Zhaga leaves ample space for innovation, whilst reaping the advantages of standardization.

However, this paper has also touched upon the dynamics of the industry. Firstly, the border between innovation and commodity may shift over time as industries mature. Secondly, some use cases require higher levels of standardization, to allow for higher levels of interchangeability, which may well be at variance with “standardizing the minimal only”.

In all, there is a balance in the decision of what to standardize and what not to standardize. Zhaga has developed an efficient process and considerable experience in dealing with this balance. For an optimal balance, it is essential that all stakeholders in the value chain are represented with their expertise. Zhaga is an open organization and welcomes all to jointly address this industry need for smart lighting and standardized LED components.