Why is NEMA socket adaptation an important improvement?
By using a NEMA socket compatible streetlight controller, the installation of a smart street lighting system practically becomes a plug-and-play process. The controller can be connected within seconds, powering up is automatic and the luminaire is available immediately for feedback and control. Furthermore, NEMA compatibility offers added flexibility for the municipality, especially by avoiding being supplier-locked when choosing a certain lighting control system.
“The inteliLIGHT LoRaWAN™ compatible NEMA socket controller prototype is already functional and we estimate official product release by the second quarter of 2017. It will represent a new step for inteliLIGHT® and the LoRaWAN™ technology, as it facilitates the penetration of our solution in the North and South American markets.” said Lorand Mozes, CEO of Flashnet®.
NEMA connectors are power plugs and receptacles used for AC mains electricity in the USA and Canada, but also extended to other countries that use the standards set by the US National Electrical Manufacturers Association. Although a specific US standard, the NEMA socket standard has been increasingly used worldwide in the last years in order to ensure interoperability of different streetlight controller technologies with a compatible luminaire build. The inteliLIGHT® FRE-220-NEMA controller is compatible with 7-pin NEMA socket (ANSI C136.41), offering full lamp management and feedback functionality.