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.

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The awards are open to sensor manufacturers as well as universities and students. 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. 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.

All award submissions must be received at info@Zhagastandard.org by 17:00 Amsterdam time on December 16th, 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 are 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 recognized 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.

Sensor Categories:

  • Mobility: Counting vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrian traffic and/or measuring vehicle speeds
  • Climate: Measuring temperature, humidity, and other climatic parameters
  • Pollutants: Measuring particulates or other pollutants
  • Sound: 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
  • Innovation: Other types of sensors with functionality not described above for which entrants can make a compelling public benefits case
  • Research: Any type of sensor (not restricted to the above list) developed by a student or researcher from a recognized educational institution that the party submitting can make a compelling public benefits case for

More information is available here.

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