A pilot project is to be launched by Paradox Engineering, with its PE.AMI Lighting Management solution in the city of San Francisco.
The area want to use street lighting poles to develop an integrated, expandable wireless infrastructure for city monitoring and urban services control. There are approximately 22,000 street lighting poles in the city and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has already planned the upgrade of around 18,000 street lights, which could create the opportunity to implement a remote monitoring solution.
Paradox Engineering’s solution will pilot a citywide scalable wireless network to control street lights, as well as monitor and control parking spaces and meter pricing, manage electric vehicle charging stations, pumps and seasonal lighting.
Key features of the solution would be flexibility and security. Its fully compliant to 6LoWPAN protocol and offers the opportunity to leverage PE.AMI as a multi-purpose open standard platform, without the need to build additional wireless networks in the future.
Another benefit, that would preserve the urban landscape, is the possibility to integrate nodes and other hardware components in the existing street lighting infrastructure.
“The PE.AMI Lighting Management Solution offered a wireless communication system that appears to be truly multi-functional,” commented a city of San Francisco representative. “While meeting San Francisco’s immediate business need – the wireless control of street lights – the PE.AMI system also has the capability to integrate some of San Francisco’s other utility and urban service devices.”
Earlier this month, Paradox Engineering was awarded the Living Labs Global Award 2012 in recognition of the solution. The prestigious award for innovative smart city solutions is promoted by the non-profit association Living Labs Global, together with partner cities around the world including Barcelona, Cape Town, Hamburg, Lagos, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco and Santiago de Chile.
Living Labs Global has invited Paradox Engineering to candidate and submit its proposal to the city of San Francisco.