The Zhaga Consortium is launching the global Zhaga Smart City Sensor Awards to address the needs of many cities that have installed Zhaga-D4i certified streetlights. The awards encourage and recognize excellence in smart city sensors that can be installed on streetlights using the Zhaga Book 18 standard and are suitable for Zhaga-D4i certification.
The awards are open to sensor manufacturers as well as universities and students.
Over the last 7 years, the Zhaga Consortium has created and further developed a new universal platform for streetlighting connectivity by offering Zhaga Book 18 “Smart interface between outdoor luminaires and sensing / communication modules” to the market. This platform allows streetlights to be the backbone of smart cities. Streetlights are regularly positioned, secure, powered and in a great location for many sensing tasks and for communications. Zhaga’s Book 18 takes this further by standardising the mechanical interface, intra-luminaire communication protocol and power budget for a control device. Zhaga also creates a new market opportunity for ‘Smart City Sensors’. With over 200 hundred families of Zhaga-D4i luminaires from some of the world’s leading manufacturers already certified, it becomes the cheapest way for city-wide deployment of smart sensors.
The Zhaga Smart City Sensor Awards will promote and celebrate innovations in this smart city revolution and Zhaga invites manufacturers, innovators and academics/students to enter.
All submissions must be received at info@Zhagastandard.orgby 17:00
(Amsterdam time UTC+1:00)
on 16 December 2022
There is no cost to enter
Winners will be announced in February 2023
Commercial participants who win the award will receive public recognition
and be entitled to make specific reference to the award in marketing material
(a digital badge will be provided). Public recognition means specifically
that an article will be submitted to a leading international lighting publication,
promotion via social media channels and prominent placement on the Zhaga website.
Runner-ups will receive a digital certificate.
Students and researchers from recognised educational institutions are eligible for a 2000€ prize under the Research and Innovation categories. Runner-ups will receive a digital certificate. The payout of the prize to students/researchers will be done according to the policies of their educational institution
The underlying premise of the Zhaga Smart City Sensor Awards is that the streetlight is the ideal and perhaps lowest cost place from which to perform many smart city sensing tasks
The Streetlight is:
• Ubiquitous (every 20-80m on most urbanised streets around the world)
• In the right location for many sensors
• In a great location for communications
• A secure piece of existing, powered infrastructure
Solid foundations now in place to integrate smart city sensors with streetlights:
• Zhaga and the DALI Alliance brings standardisation to sensors that cities might wish to install on smart streetlights.
• D4i brings standardised communication between sensors and luminaires.
• The Zhaga-D4i logo offers the comfort of a global certification regime.
• The relatively recent Book 18 Edition 3 opens up this opportunity to those parts of the world that are more comfortable with ANSI/NEMA-based lighting controls yet who still wish to add Zhaga-D4i based smart city sensors to streetlights.
• Zhaga Book 18 Edition 3 not only allows lighting control devices, photocells and motion sensors but all sensor categories as described on this page.
• More than 200 families of luminaires from world leading suppliers have already been Zhaga-D4i certified. Several leading lighting control device manufacturers are expected to have ANSI/ NEMA control devices compatible with Zhaga Book 18 Edition 3 on the market in early 2023.
The Zhaga Smart City Sensor Awards aims to educate the market about the opportunity and bring forward sensor developments and recognise excellence..
Counting vehicles, bicycles and pedestrian traffic and/or measuring vehicle speeds
Measuring temperature, humidity and other climatic parameters
Measuring particulates or other pollutants
Detecting high levels of ambient noise (including potentially identifying
sonic signatures consistent with excessive construction or industrial noise,
vehicle accidents, distressed shouting or barking dogs
Motion detection and other sensors that control lighting levels
Sensors combining two or more of the above categories of functionality
Other types of sensors with functionality not described above for which entrants
can make a compelling public benefits case for
Any type of sensor (not restricted to be above list)
developed by a student or
researcher from a recognised educational institution that the party submitting
can make a compelling public benefits case for.
Principal of Smart Services at
Kevin Fitzmaurice has more than 37 years of lighting and energy related experience. Fitzmaurice earned degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology and Computer Science. He currently serves on several ANSI standards committees including ANSI C136 for roadway and area lighting products, ANSI C137 for lighting systems and ANSI C78-81-82 for luminaire components. Fitzmaurice is a long-time member of the Illuminating Engineering Society—currently serving on the roadway lighting committee and the street and area lighting conference planning committee. He is also Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions.
Head of Lighting Services at
After studying industrial engineering at the technical University of Dortmund, Paul Baginski deepened his insights in energy economics at the university Duisburg-Essen, where he earned his PhD. During his time as a research assistant he managed several project in the energy sector with the subordinate topic being energy efficiency in urban districts. Subsequent to his academic career Paul Baginski started working at his local energy supply company, where he now runs the lighting department. He and his team operate already around 15.000 luminaires using ZHAGA interfaces.DEW21 (Dortmunder Energie- & Wasserversorgung GmbH) is the utility company in Dortmund, Germany.
Program Manager of the SSROC
Street Lighting Improvement Program in Sydney
Graham Mawer is the Program Manager of the SSROC Street Lighting Improvement Program in Sydney, Australia. This program works on behalf of 29 local governments to secure better technology, service and pricing outcomes for their public lighting. SSROC and electricity distributor, Ausgrid, are currently deploying* more than 92,000 street lights with additional Zhaga interfaces suitable for smart city sensors. More broadly, Graham works on street lighting, smart controls and smart city projects with about 75 Australian local governments as well as with road authorities, IPWEA, the NSW Government and the Australian Government. Graham is an engineer, has an MBA, is a Certified Smart Cities Practitioner and sits on Standards Australia Committee IT-269 on Smart Cities. *Read more about the SSROC and Ausgrid Smart Street Lighting Upgrade
Chairman of the TALQ Consortium
Christophe is a TALQ co-founder and the Chairman of the TALQ Consortium Steering Committee. Christophe is also the Chief Technical Officer of Kurrant, an independent innovation and strategy consulting firm that helps cities write their tenders, and IoT and Smart City companies to innovate in their markets.Christophe brings 20 years of expertise in the development of innovative software solutions, including IBM Software and Streetlight.Vision, a smart streetlight software company that he founded, developed and that was acquired by Silver Spring Networks (later Itron) in 2014.Christophe also brings field experience of hundreds of smart city projects all around the world, including Oslo, Paris, Singapore, Miami and Auckland. Through his various missions, he is committed to help cities with interoperable solutions by being engaged in industry alliances, such as TALQ, that develop open and standardized protocols for smart city and smart streetlight applications.
The judging panel includes representatives of leading cities and utilities, associations and institutions who have expressed a strong interest in Zhaga-D4i based sensors.
In case of questions about the Zhaga Smart City Sensor Awards, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org