The largest lighting fair in the world, the 2018’s edition of Light+Building, has closed its doors last Friday after showcasing thousands of lighting-related applications, ideas and innovations. And there is no surprize, lighting control was in the spotlight.
Brasov, ROMANIA, March 27, 2018
Outdoor lighting control, together with smart city applications and integrations, were two of the most dynamic trends in lighting this year. Cities and lamp producers need no convincing anymore, most stakeholders are already aware about the benefits of lighting control solutions, and they have started to appreciate the subtleties.
Street lighting control solutions have been around for quite some time now, but most companies have focused on closed, proprietary communications and software. Although integrated with different smart city services, sensors and even CCTV cameras, most of them are limited and do not offer much besides lighting control. Smart waste management, smart traffic management, smart parking – are just a few of countless smart services that a city can deploy today, but every one of these is mostly seen as a separate service, with its own communication infrastructure, software application and variables.
What is different about Flashnet’s inteliLIGHT? Well, inteliLIGHT controllers do not use one, nor two, but six different open communication technologies, PLC and RF, that can be used individually or combined into the same project. And this is not all, the company’s R&D engineers are constantly assessing new IoT technologies that can be used for lighting control, preparing to expand even further the available options.
Why would a city prefer a certain technology? There are many reasons, from locally available communication infrastructure to specific project requirements. Flashnet believes that every city is unique, and inteliLIGHT should be able to address specific requirements and to adapt to existing local infrastructure. For the streetlamp manufacturers, this means they will never have to say ‘no’ to a customer with specific control requirements.
inteliLIGHT® comes with plug and play compatibility with major IoT/Smart City platforms, as companies like Cisco, Ericsson or Nokia are aiming to integrate individual smart services into real Smart Cities. It is no longer enough to control lighting and to gather sensor data. Integrators use big data and machine learning algorithms to make sense of it all, transforming data into actionable information and encouraging synergistic systems interaction.
“Light and building was very rewarding this year. After presenting the first LoRaWAN compatible street lighting controller two years ago, we have now succeeded to showcase another IoT communication technology integrated with inteliLIGHT: NB-IoT/LTE-M. Furthermore, we have confirmed that our open communication and integration vision is in perfect alignment with the future of smart cities.” said mr. Lorand Mozes, CEO of Flashnet.