Dee Denteneer was elected as Secretary General of the Zhaga Consortium during the most recent gathering of the Zhaga General Assembly in Shanghai. Dee has held positions at the University of Utrecht, the Statistical Office of the Netherlands, and Philips Research. He has a PhD in mathematics, and a background in wireless connectivity, lighting, project and program management, and finance. Currently, he is Director of Standards at Philips Lighting, focussing on strategy and governance in industry alliances. Along side of his position in the Zhaga Consortium, Dee is a member of the executive team, treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee of the ZigBee Alliance; Technical Working Group Chair of the Fairhair Alliance; and non-executive member of the Board of the Philips Pension Fund.
Zhaga Interface Specifications for Connected Lighting and a Circular Economy
Zhaga is an open, global, industry consortium that aims to simplify the design and manufacturing of LED luminaires to accelerate the adoption of smart LED lighting solutions. It achieves its aim by standardizing the interfaces of components of LED luminaires, including LED light engines, LED modules, LED arrays, holders, electronic control gear (LED drivers) and connectivity fit systems. Zhaga has a strong business rationale, as it helps to simplify the supply chain for both LED component and luminaire manufacturers. It can derisk the business by providing stable platforms and enabling second-supplier strategies. At the same time, it safeguards luminaire innovation and differentiation by not standardizing more than necessary.
However, the LED industry is evolving, as for example illustrated by the strategic roadmap 2025 of LightingEurope. On one hand, LED technology is maturing. On the other hand, the industry faces new challenges and needs to answer calls for smart and connected lighting, and for more-circular business models in which luminaires can be upgraded and serviced. Interface specifications will be key to meet these new industry challenges.
Firstly, the road towards smart and connected lighting is fraught with many unknowns as to the best connectivity technology and the needed sensor technology. Still, LED luminaires need to be installed now and remain in the field for 20-30 years. Interface standards are key to upgrading luminaires, and thus to future-proofing LED luminaires against these uncertainties that come with the Internet of Things (IoT). Secondly, luminaires can only be upgraded and serviced if the proper interface standards are in place. Interface standards are key for more-circular business models.
Zhaga has incorporated these industry challenges in its business motivation, whilst keeping to its mission and scope of specifying luminaire component interfaces. In the talk, we discuss a number of our most recent specifications. Next to being relevant in themselves, they also serve to make concrete the strategic directions that Zhaga has chosen, and illustrate what can be expected of Zhaga in the upcoming years.
To this end, we will cover the versatile receptacle for outdoor luminaires, the socketable flat system, and the MD-SIG interfaces between LED modules and drivers. Moreover, we will not shy away from recent developments, and will share in our talk the progress out of the most recent Zhaga member meetings.