Smart street lighting enabled by OSRAM: designing the city of tomorrow, today

Discover the future-proof and low-risk way for municipalities to invest in smart street lighting right now.

By offering systems based on open standards that are easy to tailor, update and develop, OSRAM wants to continue making smart street lighting a reality.

Imagine your clients investing in smart street lighting infrastructure easily, and with the confidence that it is the most financially viable, future-proof strategy for lighting up their communities. Sounds unrealistic? Well, it’s not.

In the early days of smart street lighting, the risk of fast-“aging” connectivity technology (“Will we still rely on current communication standards in 5 years?”) compared with the expected operational lifetime of a lighting installation led to municipalities and councils never having certainty about their sophisticated new street lighting network standing the test of time. Additionally, due to their proprietary nature, incompatibilities between different manufacturer’s products meant decision-makers were rightly concerned about betting on the wrong horse. In other words: no one wanted to be “locked in” with one soon-outdated lighting solution.

We’re dedicated to making smart street lighting work. In fact, we already have. OSRAM engaged in forging an industry-wide, open and future-proof technology standard within the DiiA global industry alliance and the Zhaga global lighting-industry consortium. The newly defined D4i standard is an extension of the DALI-2 lighting-control protocol and dedicated to defining a small-scale DALI network inside each individual luminaire. Thanks to the combination of a D4i-certified LED driver and the receptacle for external components such as sensors and wireless nodes prescribed in Zhaga Book 18, a luminaire can be “Zhaga-D4i-certified.” This means it can be easily and confidently integrated into a lighting network, an application or used as an individual cloud controllable and monitorable light point. But this new system standard also allows the integration of existing and available sensor nodes based on the NEMA/ANSI C136 (2014) socket into the luminaire communication infrastructure, providing additional flexibility and options.

What does this mean for luminaire manufacturers and the final user? Confidence in interoperability, not only now but also in the future. And it means smart life-cycle management of street luminaires is possible. Cities and municipalities don’t have to invest in a full smart city infrastructure today (of course they can, if they wish!) – but by starting with OSRAM systems, they can expand and upgrade their infrastructure as and when they see fit: no matter what wireless technology we’ll be using in 3, 10 or even 20 years, their lighting installation will be able to adapt to it.

The advantages of smart city lighting speak for themselves: substantial energy savings easing pressure on public budgets, less light pollution, lower CO2 emissions and street lighting tailored to the needs of neighborhoods. Our promise is to make smart infrastructure an attainable, reliable and future-proof option for every community – whatever the budget, time frame or requirements. Let’s build the city of tomorrow, today.

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