IoT Ready Alliance merges into Zhaga Consortium

Zhaga and the IoT Ready Alliance have agreed to “align their efforts” and go forward as a single organisation as the Zhaga Consortium. The objective is to foster a harmonized, global set of interface specifications for sensor-to-luminaire integration – and to remove confusion in the industry caused by the not dissimilar standards promoted by the two organisations. 

The Zhaga Consortium and the IoT Ready Alliance have been discussing this move since Summer 2018. At the beginning of 2019 the two organisations agreed that it made sense to harmonize their efforts with the objective of removing any confusion in the industry and easing the adoption of a singular set of interface specifications.

Both Zhaga and the IoT Ready Alliance offered standard interfaces for lighting components, so the merger makes sense. Zhaga was specifically interested in specifying standards for the components of LED luminaires, with a view to simplifying LED luminaire design and manufacture and streamlining the LED lighting supply chain. The IoT-Ready Alliance had a slightly broader remit, with members including building management and Internet of Things (IoT) organisations as well as lighting suppliers; it was specifying a common standard for IoT-enabled lighting fixtures, aiming to l ensure all new LED lighting fixtures can be shipped with a standard socket to easily add intelligent IoT sensors to the fixture after the fixture has been installed.

The NEW Zhaga standard, which went live in December 2018, had a widened scope to address interoperability in new growth areas in IoT and the service economy.

“Zhaga invites all members of the IoT Ready Alliance to sign up for Zhaga membership and to participate in our working groups,” said Dee Denteneer, Secretary General of the Zhaga Consortium. “The harmonisation will bring a clearer and stronger voice to the market and will fuel the adoption of smart lighting innovation.”

Zhaga already has 100+ members, including most of the big names in lighting – among them luminaire manufacturers, LED module makers, suppliers of materials and components, and testing labs. Membership is open to “any company that is willing to work towards Zhaga’s vision and mission”.

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