smart city

Smart city control applications provider Telematics Wireless has been selected to deploy a control and monitoring solution for 132,500 street lights in Montreal, Canada.[quote] Included in the C$28 million contract awarded to engineering consultants Énergère for the supply and installation of an intelligent street lighting management solution, Telematics' solution will include its 7-pin external Lighting Control Units (LCUs) and internal LCUs that will control the operation of the lighting fixtures.

According to a release, Énergère, who intend to provide comprehensive city-wide coverage via multiple smart city networks, has chosen Telematics' T-Light Pro System for its highly robust wireless mesh multi-hop network that utilises self-healing and cognitive radio algorithms.

The smart city solution enables reliable and secure two-way communications between lighting nodes and the Central Management Software (CMS) via a wireless network that uses a small number of gateways.

Improved energy management

This solution controls lighting levels and monitors the power and energy usage of lighting. Moreover, street light outages are detected in real time - reducing maintenance costs and enhancing public safety.

Eddy Kafry, CEO of Telematics Wireless, said: “What makes this project unique, is that it successfully combines the solutions of various smart city technologies and companies.”

The release adds that in addition to monitoring and controlling the street lights, the T-Light communications platform will enable the City of Montreal to implement a vast array of smart city solutions. [Smart meters: Hydro-Québec completes 80% electricity roll out]

These solutions include the integration of snow sensors which can notify the public works when the streets need to be cleared of snow; the ability to blink the street lights on specific streets to warn citizens to move their cars for the snow plows; and the use of sensors on water meters to provide meter readings, detect leakage or monitor sewage lines for overflow.

Smart city revenue to reach $88.7bn

In related news, Navigant Research released a report earlier this year forecasting that smart city revenue will reach $88.7 billion by 2025.

The Colorado-based market research firm notes that adoption of smart city solutions over the next two years, as well as the spread of the Internet of Things will boost market growth. [Smart city device shipments to exceed 1bn by 2025]

However, the firm adds that while there are many grand visions for the development of smart cities and an increasing number of pilots and demonstration programmes, there are far few large-scale, financially sound deployments of smart solutions to solve core city problems.

Eric Woods, research director with Navigant Research, said: “Today, city leaders and suppliers are recognising that there needs to be a more clear and timely route to the broader deployment of proven technologies and solutions.

“The question is how to establish the right business models and deployment strategies to enable this expansion.”

Furthermore, current city strategies increasingly emphasise resilience and climate adaption and focus on making smart city development relevant to citizens and their daily lives, says Navigant Research. [UK leads in smart city tech deployment – report]