That’s where Signify's SR Partner Program comes in, offering an open innovation platform that uses standardized components and technologies to enable scalable smart city applications across the globe, no matter their manufacturer. The program’s open ecosystem allows OEM’s to develop their own solutions on the basis of a framework that ensures compatibility.
To join the partnership, a company applies to Signify. Once the OEM is part of the SR program, Signify provides it with a specification document and a testing tool with which it can verify the new equipment that it makes before submitting it. After internal testing, the OEM can ask Signify to mark this as an SR-certified component and include it on its published list.
Besides functioning as a standard for connected lighting devices, the Signify SR platform rests on three building blocks (so far). They were designed to accelerate the creation of smart city lighting networks – they’re easy to configure and integrate, intelligent, widely compatible, and future-proof.
The first of these building blocks is the SR driver, which integrates directly into luminaires, preparing their transformation into connected light points. The driver includes power supply, diagnostics and metering as standard features and makes luminaires compatible with any SR-certified components, without the need for additional external components.
The second building block is the SR connector. This device integrates into a luminaire, functioning much the same way as a USB slot. It allows all manner of SR-certified sensors, controllers, and other modules to attach to the luminaire with ease; it’s plug and play. The unobtrusive and waterproof socket itself connects to the luminaire in a straightforward way, its mere three wires inserting into slots in the driver.
The third of these blocks are, collectively, the SR certified nodes, which can act as transmitters for a wide range of applications, such as those that detect presence and allow easy adjustability of light levels. The nodes can also enable connection and facilitate communication with a light management system or software such as Interact City.
A new innovation in this latter category is the EasyAir outdoor module, which functions as a stand-alone controller when plugged into the socket connector. Thanks to a GPS receiver, which determines location, date and time, it lets users set up a highly accurate dimming schedule and automatically calculates when a luminaire should switch on or off. You can configure the module using a smartphone app, which communicates with it via Bluetooth. This app enables you also to monitor and analyze burning hours, the number of times a luminaire switches on and off, and the energy use of each individual lamp in a city network.