From Intelligent Street Lights to Powerful Data-collecting Networks
What can intelligent lighting networks do for you?
During Light + Building 2016, Tvilight was demonstrating how easy different Smart City applications could be integrated into our connected lighting networks, using a CO₂ sensor and a traffic radar sensor as an example. In case you couldn't visit us there, we wrote a new blog post for you, detailing on how we can turn intelligent lighting networks into multi-sensing hubs, thus improving urban conditions and changing human lives for the better.
Today, 54% of the world population lives in urban areas, and this number is constantly growing. Cities bearing the brunt of exploding population, such as Tokyo, Delhi, Shanghai, and Mexico City, face enormous challenges when trying to meet the needs of an ordinary citizen—including, but not limited to, housing, energy, and employment. As if this alone was not enough of a task, cities also need to ensure a livable urban environment, and this process spans dimensions like air and water quality, safety of public spaces, optimization of public transportation, and many other aspects.
In Europe only, 6.5 million people suffer from strokes, asthma and bronchitis as a result of air pollution; 400,000 die prematurely. To tackle these issues, fundamental changes need to take place in the energy system, ruling out solid fuels like wood and coal. However, additional technological measures can also help.
Available technology can greatly facilitate solving the problems mentioned above. Management of urban spaces might be the greatest challenge of our century, but it starts with a simple step—gathering and analyzing the necessary data. This process begins with setting up a large-scale intelligent network that will be collecting real-time information and presenting it to you in a user-friendly and intuitive manner. At Tvilight, we have the solution ready, because we know that a basis for the largest, all-encompassing smart network already exists –it consists entirely of city streetlights.
Daily, we pass them on the streets, without a second glance. Yet they hide a tremendous potential of organizing themselves into a powerful, ubiquitous intelligent network, delivering light and collecting information about their immediate surroundings. There are currently 304 million total streetlights in the world, and this number is expected to grow to 352 million by 2025—just imagine what can be achieved by utilizing them as data-collecting points.
By integrating sensors into the intelligent lighting network, we create a multi-sensing hub. It enables us to collect and analyze various real-time data that is critical to improving the lives of modern-day citizens, those who daily have to put up with some of the unpleasant realities of a contemporary urban environment—think about the ever-present traffic jams and a growing number of air pollutants in the air we breathe, for example.
If we can collect enough data, we will be able to understand these phenomena better and eliminate the undesired occurrences. For instance, sensors can scan the air composition for the presence of harmful pollutants and alert the citizens or local authorities about the situation, potentially avoiding accidents like gas leaks and preventing human deaths.
Tvilight intelligent lighting controllers form an independent, real-time mesh network into which a multitude of own or third-party Smart City/IoT applications can be directly integrated. Because of this functionality, cities, utilities, system integrators, airport/railway operators and other parties can capitalize on the Internet of Things technologies and benefit from applications for air quality monitoring, smart traffic lights, real-time energy demand response, city-wide beacon platforms and more. Tvilight is offering not only an open platform for integrating additional sensors/devices but also helps you understand the data correctly by presenting it in a user-friendly manner in the single dashboard of its lighting management software CityManager. The information can be streamed there directly in real time.
Here are some other goals that Tvilight intelligent lighting networks can help achieve.
In environmental monitoring:
- Conduct city air quality monitoring. The spectrum of measured variables includes temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure, air pollutants such as PM, SO₂, NOₓ, CH, as well as Carbon dioxide (CO₂).
- Create environmental heatmaps. Heatmaps help cities understand their local problems better and take measures to resolve them. For example, traffic can be limited in the areas where the CO2 levels are too high.
- Issue emergency warnings. Sensors can alert authorities/local citizens about the unnaturally high levels of smoke or other contaminants in the air. This can save lives and prevent man-made environmental disasters like gas leaks and explosions.
In traffic management:
- Create traffic heatmaps. Our award-winning outdoor wireless sensor, CitySense, is capable of monitoring traffic density and presenting the data in a user-friendly graphic form known as a “heatmap.” Traffic and congestion heatmaps provide insight into the existing traffic bottlenecks and road capacity.
- Optimizing the traffic flow. With the help of sensors we can, for instance, create so-called “green waves,” when a series of traffic lights on the same road are coordinated to turn green, thus allowing the group of cars to pass without stopping at intersections.
- Improving working conditions and savings lives. Traditional traffic control is highly dependent on manpower. Sensor technology reduces the need for inefficient and dangerous human work.
To learn more about what we can do and how we envision the Smart City future, visit our website.
Data is ready to be collected and translated into insights that would help to change the cities into Smart Cities and make our lives connected and comfortable. Tvilight intelligent lighting networks are here to help.