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.


Submission Deadline: Expired

More information at info@Zhagastandard.orgby 17:00 (Amsterdam time UTC+1:00)
on 3 March 2023      


There is no cost to enter

Award Date:

Winners will be announced in April 2023

Recognition & Awards:

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..

Sensor Categories


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

Lighting Controls:

Motion detection and other sensors that control lighting levels
(excluding photocells)

Multi Sensor

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.      

Entry criteria and application form

  • The awards are open to all companies, academic institutions and individuals from around the world.
  • All sensors must meet the physical, electrical and other requirements of Zhaga Book 18 Edition 3. This includes compliance with D4i requirements for luminaire-mounted control devices. Zhaga Book 18 Edition 3 can be downloaded from the Zhaga bookstore after signing up for the free Zhaga Community Membership here
  • Sensors may be designed to communicate directly with an external IoT communications network, or via the DALI bus in the luminaire (and ultimately, via a luminaire-mounted lighting control). 
  • Sensors must be either an available product which is suitable for Zhaga-D4i certification or, if new, a working prototype must be available for demonstration by the submission deadline (though does not need to be submitted at that point). This does not apply to submissions under the Research category.
  • Applicants may respond under one or more of the sensor categories listed or submit a multi-sensor with more than one sensing capability.
Winner Ceremony, 13 April 2023, 14:00 CEST

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Kevin Fitzmaurice

Principal of Smart Services at Georgia Power

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.

Dr. Jan Paul Baginski

Head of Lighting Services at DEW21

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.

Graham Mawer

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

Christophe Orceau

Chairman of the TALQ Consortium Steering Committee

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.

Carl Bloomfield

Vice President of Commercial Infrastructure and Industry Regulations at Intertek

Carl is currently the Vice President of Commercial Infrastructure and Industry Regulations at Intertek. He is responsible for the development and expansion of Intertek’s services within the HVAC, Information Communication Technology (ICT), Lighting and Life Safety and Security (LSS) business segments. Carl is also responsible for the accreditations and industry regulations for Intertek’s Electrical business portfolio. He is based at Intertek’s Arlington Heights, IL facility.

Ted Drost

Global Technical Leader at DEKRA

Ted is a Global Technical Leader within the business line Product Safety Testing at DEKRA and based in the Netherlands. He started at DEKRA (former KEMA) in 2005 as a test engineer within lighting and gradually developed into a product expert. Ted is currently providing technical support globally concerning interpretations of standard and regulations and supports new developments and lab expansions with a main focus on lighting products. Ted represents DEKRA in the IEC standardization committee of TC 34 Lighting, in the laboratory expert committee of CTL (IECEE) and ETICS (ENEC) and in the Zhaga consortium.

The judging panel includes representatives of leading cities and utilities, associations and institutions who have expressed a strong interest in Zhaga-D4i based sensors.

Zhaga Announces Winners of Inaugural Smart City Sensor Awards

Zhaga, the global lighting industry consortium with the mission of standardizing the interfaces of components of LED luminaires, announced on 13 April the winners of its inaugural Smart City Sensor Awards.

The awards recognize excellence in smart city sensors designed to be installed on streetlights using the Zhaga Book 18 standard and that are suitable for Zhaga-D4i certification.

Judged by a panel of smart city and sensor experts, including city officials, utility companies and industry associations, the jury evaluated qualifying submissions coming from sensor manufacturers. After careful consideration, the jury awarded four solutions from 4 categories.

An Innovative Motion Sensor and a Versatile All-in-One Outdoor Luminaire Controller

The jury named a winner in the Adaptive Lighting Control category – a category that includes motion detection and other sensors that control lighting levels. TE Connectivity, an American-Swiss company that designs and manufacturers sensor and connectivity solutions, was awarded for its LUMAWISE Motion Sensor. The innovative motion sensor was designed specifically for street lighting and can fit into the Zhaga-D4i ecosystem. The pluggable device enables energy savings by dimming or even turning off a luminaire without compromising safety and security. When it detects motion, it then brings the luminaire back to full brightness.

Explanation by the jury member Kevin Fitzmaurice, Principal of Smart Services at Georgia Power

A Game-Changing Sensor to Measure Traffic Density and Patterns

In the Mobility category, which includes solutions for counting vehicles, bicycles and pedestrian traffic and/or measuring vehicle speed, the award went to global lighting technology supplier TRIDONIC and its SensorX concept. Based on the Zhaga-D4i standard, this game-changing CMOS image sensor is designed to accurately measure traffic density and patterns in real time, providing data that urban planners can use to mitigate road congestion. The sensor can also recognize different road users. For example, when it detects a pedestrian crossing the street, the sensor can send commands to adjacent luminaires to raise lighting levels.

Explanation by the jury member Graham Mawer, Program Manager of the SSROC Street Lighting Improvement Program in Sydney

An Outdoor Multi Sensor to Support Different Smart City Applications

In the Multi Sensor category, which covers sensors that combine two or more functionalities, the award went to Signify for its Philips Outdoor Multi Sensor (OMS) LRI8135. The OMS connects to streetlight luminaires via the Zhaga Book 18 (edition 3) socket interface. Intended for use in Zhaga-D4i certified outdoor luminaires, the OMS includes several sensors to support different smart city applications. For example, it can serve as a radar motion sensor to automatically increase light levels in response to motion, as a light sensor to enable dusk-to-dawn operations, or as noise and temperature sensors to monitor ambient conditions near the light pole. When grouped via a local mesh radio network, the OMS can increase the light level of a group of luminaires. It also features tilt and impact sensors for reporting potentially unsafe light pole conditions. Explanation by the jury member Paul Baginski, Head of Lighting Services at DEW21, Dortmund

A crossover between Adaptive Lighting Control and Multi Sensor awarded for Innovation categorys, which designs smart IoT luminaire controllers, was awarded for its CNODE IOT AMR sensor. The versatile and convenient all-in-one outdoor luminaire controller provides advanced lighting control for a range of outdoor lighting applications and also includes motion sensing and inclination sensing capabilities. It also supports the Wireless MBus 868MHz OMS automated meter reading protocol, allowing utility companies to simultaneously read various utility meters from up to 600m of the luminaire controller.

Explanation by the jury member Kevin Fitzmaurice, Principal of Smart Services at Georgia Power


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