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Huawei and Samsung trial connected city lighting

Networking suppliers both announce internet of things lighting solutions for smart cities

Networking suppliers Huawei and Samsung have both debuted smart street lighting solutions to enable city authorities to enhance the control and performance of their street infrastructure, and achieve critical savings in energy consumption.

In Huawei’s solution, each streetlight will be equipped with a power and brightness controller, and will connect over a low-power wide area network (LPWAN) to diagnose, network and troubleshoot any problems, as well as enable better interaction between the lights and other internet of things (IoT) devices.

It is managed using a GIS system that gives municipal managers up-to-date status information on each light, and enables precise, pole-by-pole control. Its lights will also be able to reduce their brightness or switch off entirely when nobody is about, or turn themselves on during rainy days.

Samsung, meanwhile, has teamed up with Silver Spring Networks to build a LED street light solution that will enable light manufacturers to use an integrated, networked photocell with similar configuration and management capabilities to Huawei’s.

It will be built on Silver Spring’s IPv6-based Gen5 wireless platform and SLV6 smart city management software package, while Samsung will provide a smart lighting module (SLM), an all-in-one lighting application-specific wired and wireless connectivity solution that will support multiple connection protocols.

Silver Spring already has about 500,000 smart streetlights up and running around Miami, Florida.

Reducing power consumption will be a key benefit realised from smart lighting, and Huawei said enabling on-demand lighting services could cut energy consumption by 80%. In London, for example, about 35,000 streetlights burn through an estimated 56,000,000kWh a year.

“Huawei Connected City Lighting Solution is another powerful application of Huawei’s Agile IoT Solution, and an important advancement towards a truly smart city,” said Wu Chou, Huawei’s switch and enterprise comms product line CTO.

“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.”

Jacob Tarn, EVP of the LED business team at Samsung Electronics, said: “Large-scale outdoor lighting networks offer a viable path to smarter cities and safer communities, and provide a solid foundation for future IoT applications.

“The Samsung and Silver Spring solution will leverage open standards to provide a simple, scalable and highly efficient long-term path for connecting IoT devices.”

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Exciting to finally see the well-anticipated future get underway. When the IoT knows enough to brighten the lights as my car approaches the corner (and dim them once I pass), citizens and city coffers benefit. This can only keep getting better. 
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Networking lighting is not new. There are so many city lights, colleges, shopping mall and garages all around the world that use "IOT" lighting today. I don't get what all the hype is about. Oh yeah. That's what it is...hype. HA!
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