Huawei rolls out connected city lighting solution

Huawei rolls out connected city lighting solution
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Huawei has announced the launch of its connected city lighting solution, aiming to leverage IoT technology to provide up to 80% savings in municipal lighting energy.

Claimed to be the industry’s first IoT lighting solution, the product connects street lamps to the network and makes use of a GIS-based management system, allowing cities to improve control and performance of every street lamp.

The Climate Group estimates that there are about 304 million street lamps across the globe, with the figure is set to rise to 352 million by 2025.

Huawei’s proposed solution ensures each street lamp is equipped with a power and brightness controller. The solution eschews the use of Wi-Fi and instead relies on 6LoWPAN technology, which has lower power consumption, and can automatically diagnose, network, and troubleshoot problems, as well as facilitate interaction between street lamps and other smart devices such as sensors. The GIS-based management system provides comprehensive visibility on the number of lamps in each street, their current status, as well as their installation position and time, allowing one person to manage thousands of lamps in different streets.

Maintenance personnel are notified when a street lamp malfunctions as the system automatically dispatches a message. However, the solution offers full lifecycle management to ensure malfunctions do not take place, thereby doing away with the requirement for on-site inspection. This brings down manpower costs while improving management efficiency. The use of multi-level smart controls increases flexibility and reliability while also cutting down on massive energy wastage when a system failure occurs. The solution features network smart controls on the first level and local smart controls on a secondary level. When the uplink network of agile gateways fails, local control protocols are enforced.

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