Huawei debuted its Connected City Lighting Solution, the industry’s first Internet of Things (IoT) lighting solution with multi-level intelligent control at CEBIT 2016, currently being held in hannover (Germany).
Huawei Connected City Lighting Solution connects street lamps to the Internet and adopts a GIS-based management system, enabling cities to enhance the control and performance of every street lamp. The solution provides municipal managers with status information on each lamp, in every street and enables precise control of on-off switches and brightness of individual street lamps, allowing on-demand lighting and contributing to savings in electric energy consumption by up to 80%.
Huawei Connected City Lighting Solution couples LED lamps with smart lighting polices. When compared with conventional street lamps, such as high pressure sodium lamps. LED lamps coupled with smart lighting policies help reduce energy consumption by up to a 80%.
Wu Chou, CTO of Huawei Switch and Enterprise Communications Product Line, said, “Since the launch of Huawei Agile IoT Solution in May 2015, we have delivered several successful applications, including the power IoT solution, smart building solution, and smart stockbreeding solution. Huawei Connected City Lighting Solution is another powerful application of Huawei Agile IoT Solution, and an important advancement towards a truly Smart City. Lighting IoT lays a solid foundation for the integration of a variety of sensors, to facilitate functions such as environmental and transportation monitoring, and installation of smart charging facilities and intelligent rubbish bins, providing Smart City development with valuable big data and integrated interaction to improve citizens’ lives.”
Visible Management and Online Inspection to Prevent Failures
Huawei’s solution adopts a GIS-based management system, which displays comprehensive information about the street lamps, including the number of lamps in each street, their current status, as well as their installation position and time. Using this solution, one person can manage thousands of lamps in different streets.
Each street lamp is can be controlled and managed individually
Traditional street lamps are controlled collectively at a central point, and cannot be controlled individually. Huawei Connected City Lighting Solution addresses this challenge by providing multi-level smart controls, which comprise network smart controls on the first level and local smart controls on a secondary level.
The agile IoT gateways and street lamp controllers are equipped with lightweight components to execute lighting policies and deliver a two-level localized decision-making mechanism.
Open architecture in all layers
Huawei Connected City Lighting Solution adopts an all-layer open architecture. This means that its base-layer processor development can be based on lightweight open-source LiteOS, facilitating standardization and efficient connections among third-party devices.
It also means that the agile gateways support a virtualized architecture, enabling the development and installation of customized applications by partner companies.
The controllers integrated into the solution are agile enough to provide third-party application systems with a standard northbound interface, helping to better integrate various service components, allowing comprehensive interaction with the smart transportation, environment monitoring, and municipal management systems.
Preset smart lighting policies to enhance street lamps performance
To enhance the control and performance of street lamps, the solution integrates a series of preset smart lighting policies aimed to achieve two objectives.
The first one, Automatically calculate lighting duration based on local longitude and latitude, and dynamically adjust lighting duration according to the specific season, month, and day.
The second one, smartly adjust brightness by connecting built-in brightness sensors with third-party traffic and people flow sensors, or based on weather and other environment conditions.
With Huawei’s Connected City Lighting Solution, each street lamp is equipped with a power and brightness controller. Unlike industry-standard access methods such as through Wi-Fi, Huawei adopts 6LoWPAN technology, which has lower power consumption, and can automatically diagnose, network, and trouble-shoot problems, as well as enable better interaction between street lamps and other smart devices such as sensors.
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