Sanjay Manney, Echelon’s director of product management, recently joined a group of academics in Paris for a discussion about “Mobility, Smart Cities and Urbanicity,” at MOBILITY 2014, the fourth International Conference on Mobile Services, Resources, and Users.
Manney and his fellow presenters discussed topics related to the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) in smart cities.
Coincidentally, the city of Paris and its neighboring cities now controls 40,000 outdoor LED luminaires with a multivendor solution based on Echelon’s open-standards control-networking technology. The installation is a first step toward turning the so-called “City of Light” into the City of Smarter Lighting.
Once a city has the infrastructure in place to intelligently and remotely control the timing and intensity of street lights, it can also do a lot of other things with the same control network. For example, add air quality sensors to the light fixtures or poles and you can gather pollution data. Add optical sensors and you can monitor traffic and improve safety and commute experience.
Paris expects that its new citywide network of LED luminaires will be reused by other applications so that it ultimately builds out a smart-city “integrated platform” on top of its new lighting system. It also expects to use lighting more efficiently, enabling it to save 35 percent in energy and capital costs of the next 10 years.
Oui, oui, Paris!