LoRaWAN based street lighting solutions become a reality with the new inteliLIGHT® LoRa™ controllers being presented and demonstrated for the first time by Flashnet during the LoRa™ Alliance meeting in Paris.
Paris, FRANCE – July 10-th, 2015
Following its earlier commitment to integrate the new LoRaWAN communication standard with its smart streetlight control system inteliLIGHT®, today in Paris, Flashnet has successfully presented and demonstrated the new inteliLIGHT® LoRa RF Controller.
The inteliLIGHT® FRE-220 Luminaire Controller was operated through a Class C LoRaWAN network provided by Actility and successfully performed the remote turning on, off and dimming of the luminaires exhibited at the Paris Meeting. The controller is also compatible with LoRaWAN Class A networks developed by IBM, meeting the communication requirements of both infrastructures. inteliLIGHT® is already managing tens of thousands of streetlights worldwide, but adapting the system to LoRa™ communication standards is a world premiere.
“With LoRa™ we have taken inteliLIGHT®, our already proven street lighting management solution, to a whole new level. By adding LoRaWAN to the current PLC and classic mesh RF communication solutions, we can now implement our system with minimal investment, having unprecedented reach and providing unlimited Smart City applications. It truly is a game changer.” has declared Mr. Lorand Mozes, CEO of Flashnet.
Besides the modern and attractive design, the new inteliLIGHT® LoRa™ controller is also extremely robust and provides unprecedented lamp-level functionality and intelligence. The new controller allows individual remote management of any streetlight equipped with electronic ballast.
As it is specifically developed and optimized for LoRa™ networks, the new controller was designed to be bandwidth efficient, with minimal communication requirements between the street light controllers and the central management software. This challenge has been tackled with ingenuity by Flashnet’s R&D team, that succeeded to include most of inteliLIGHT®’s features into the controller itself, thus reducing its communication needs. As a consequence, besides basic ON/OFF switching and dimming functions, the controllers are capable of operating autonomously, based either on predefined schedules or on adaptive algorithms (with integrated light or motion sensors).
The controller also carries out independent measurements and analysis of different lamp electrical parameters (active and reactive energy, current, voltage, active and reactive power, power factor and frequency) and communicates all the information through an advanced synchronization mechanism, while any errors and malfunctions are reported in real time. The entire system is fail-proof and can function independently, even in the case of communication and/or power failures.
In order to avoid the unauthorized extraction of the network and application security keys from the devices, the controllers are equipped with dedicated high-security memory chips for encryption keys storage. This top-level hardware security measure insures that the security keys are virtually unbreakable and that only the authorized personnel can program, update or communicate with inteliLIGHT®’s devices.
Also, while ensuring street lighting’s safe and fail-proof operation, inteliLIGHT® offers the possibility to keep the lighting grid powered during daytime, thus providing citywide continuous power supply availability for any additional equipment. This opens the door for countless smart city applications, from street lighting based EV charging to any smart city device controlled and sensors connected throughout the city – a true smart city platform based on LoRaWAN and inteliLIGHT® infrastructure.
inteliLIGHT® is a street lighting remote management solution and smart city platform developed by Flashnet. In-depth grid management provides an accurate real-time feedback of any change occurring along the grid, reduces energy loss and offers advanced maintenance optimization tools – up to 80% energy savings and 42% maintenance cost savings. inteliLIGHT® manages more than 80.000 lamp controllers today, in 10 cities around the world, being responsible for reducing the lighting energy consumption and corresponding CO2 emissions. (https://intelilight.eu/)
Flashnet is a fast paced tech company that integrates the latest IT, energy and telecommunications technologies into hardware and software solutions, creating and implementing intelligent systems for smarter cities and better infrastructure. Founded in 2005, Flashnet is a leader in intelligent utility management systems with worldwide operations, also being one of the contributor members of the LoRa™ Alliance. (http://www.flashnet.ro)
Actility is an industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) large scale infrastructure with ThingPark®, the new generation standard-based M2M communication platform. Actility’s ThingPark Wireless® network provides long-range coverage for low-power sensors used in SmartCity, SmartBuilding and SmartFactory applications. (http://www.thingpark.com/en)
LoRa™, developed by Semtech, is a long range, low power radio frequency communication technology that brings the Internet of Things concept a step closer to large scale adoption in terms of technical capabilities and cost effectiveness. Its outstanding features: low power, long range, high immunity and spread spectrum are surpassed only by the ease of interoperability and the careful design of its security features.
About LoRa™ Alliance
LoRa™ Alliance is an open, non-profit association of members that believe the Internet of Things era is now. Its mission is to standardize Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) being deployed around the world to enable Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M), and smart city, and industrial applications. (http://lora-alliance.org/)