The port in Oman is recognized as a multipurpose commercial gateway with a high strategic importance, being a safe, stable and business-friendly point for industrial and economic investment. As the port authority aims to provide an unrivaled setting to do business, modernising the utilities and services became an important aspect. More than that, the port’s motivation for investing in smart public lighting was based on its cost savings goals and a long-term sustainable solution that will offer future applications and development opportunities.
Due to the combination of technical characteristics and the lamp-level management capabilities over multiple communication technologies, it has been opted for the integration of the InteliLIGHT’s smart lighting solution. Crealux, a company that uses cutting edge technology for designing lighting projects and lighting control systems, will be the local integrator of the smart lighting solution.
LoRaWAN’s low energy consumption and low-cost connectivity made it the right communication technology for controlling the port’s lighting system. Also, with its coverage of up to 15 km, it is a suitable solution when it comes to areas with a lower-density. LoRaWAN is a Low Power Wide Area Network that provides secure, long-range bidirectional RF communication. It can work over unlicensed radio frequencies and can be installed privately or can be used with an existing public service.
The project aims to install Nema LoRaWAN compatible controllers specially adapted for high-mast, high power lamps (over 750W). The controllers can be easily mounted on the lamps through plug-and-play and they will upgrade existing lighting fixtures without the need of conducting civil works.
Aiming for energy savings and improved maintenance efficiency, the inteliLIGHT controllers will provide better lighting awareness, allowing real-time control and information regarding the entire lighting infrastructure. The ability to monitor light intensity and movement means a reduction in energy costs, as unnecessary over-lighting will be avoided, while also allowing the usability and ambiance of the area to be adapted to a series of diverse needs. On the other hand, the dimming capability will ensure a safe environment for both employees and visitors.
The port authority will be able to make informed decisions towards energy and cost-efficiency, while reducing the carbon footprint and improving security. Besides this greater flexibility and control across the entire site, through the automatic fault reporting capabilities, the solution will play a role in improving the port’s quality of service.
As LoRaWAN is an IoT read technology, it can be easily integrated with other solutions, which will support the port in adopting new applications in the future, like systems for traffic management of for detecting unauthorized activity around the port. This initiative will also unlock new opportunities for smart ports and industrial IoT around the country. The integration capabilities of the solution will facilitate the creation of a smart and trusted infrastructure that can automate and simplify different processes, thing which will only add to the port’s and country’s investment appeal.