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Cellular Node uses the Zhaga standard; what are the benefits of this?
All street lighting controls, regardless of their shape, size, or communication protocol, must interface with a luminaire to function. For controls mounted externally, historically, this would have been via a 3-pin NEMA socket which is based on a North American standard. However, as technology has advanced, the number of pins needed to operate has increased to 5 or 7, meaning that modern, smart controllers will not fully function if retrofitted onto luminaires with older sockets.
The Zhaga Consortium is an international organisation set up to resolve these types of issues. Its goal is to standardise the interface between LED luminaire components. As a result, the adoption of Zhaga-approved components has grown significantly as the industry recognises their advantages.
Cellular Node uses the Zhaga Book 18 socket. This offers flexibility and interchangeability while maintaining a standardised format, allowing luminaires installed today to adapt to the technologies of tomorrow. Not only does this future-proof the luminaires, but it also has considerable implications for sustainability and the circular economy.
By using the Zhaga socket, we’re able to keep luminaires in service for longer, helping to reduce waste. In addition, Zhaga-based controllers typically use around 65% less energy than their NEMA equivalents, offering substantial savings across a typical authority, both financially and in terms of energy reduction. Finally, Zhaga offers increased interoperability, particularly when paired with the Cellular Node.
What does Urban Control have planned for 2023?
Since Urban Control was formed in 2015, we’ve seen demand for our intelligent lighting solutions grow significantly, both here in the UK and abroad. Recognising this, in 2023, we plan to expand operations at our Innovation Centre in Portugal to better serve clients in Europe and beyond. At the same time, we’ve set up Urban Control UK to assist our customers here in the UK. By splitting the business across these two locations and working with a network of carefully selected partners, we can support global projects at a local scale.