Belgium is one of the most illuminated countries in the world. With almost 2 million light poles along its municipal roads, Belgium’s power consumption of street lighting is roughly estimated at 50% of the local authorities’ total electricity bill.
Moreover, taking into consideration today’s increasing environmental concerns, the European Commission is pushing cities through Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for street lighting and traffic lights to a more environmentally friendly street lighting approach.
In this context, Sibelga, the utility grid operator that manages Brussels’ over 85 thousand light points, launched a procurement tender to identify the best suitable technical and commercial intelligent street lighting solution.
Sibelga aimed not to be dependent on a single supplier and thus required a high degree of interoperability, both hardware and software, between different suppliers and with its own IT systems. To ensure vendor flexibility and smooth connectivity, all smart street lighting solutions that participated in the tender had to be TALQ2 certified.
Major smart street lighting technology providers participated in the tender, including FLASHNET. Proposed by ENGIE Fabricom, inteliLIGHT has passed the extremely thorough testing procedures and has become one of the smart lighting solutions to take part in the Brussels project.
TALQ 2 certified, inteliLIGHT luminaire controllers (through the FLASHNET IoT platform) ensured interoperability, while NB-IoT communication technology has strong coverage in high urban density conditions and ensures real-time communication and control. With improved grid awareness, the municipality can now make informed decisions, reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs, while increasing the overall quality of life in communities.