Feature, IoT/Smart Lighting, Outdoor

Wireless tech group Wi-SUN backs LuxLive 2020

In 2019, a massive wireless control network based on Wi-SUN standards and encompassing 15,000 luminaires turned the City of London into a ‘smart city’. As well as lighting control, including dimming, the system supports applications such as traffic and parking monitoring, occupancy sensing, environmental monitoring and asset management.

THE WIRELESS protocol organisation Wi-SUN is backing this year’s LuxLive exhibition in London.

Giles Radford, highways manager at the City of London will speak about the project at LuxLive 2020.

Wi-SUN – which has 230 members in 26 countries – is one of first big tech groups to sign up as an event partner for LuxLive 2020.

The Wi-SUN standards are gaining rapid adoption as a platform for outdoor and street lighting.

Its open global specifications allow suppliers, utilities, municipalities, local government and other enterprises to create interoperable, multi-service and secure wireless mesh networks.

The low-power long-range communication technology is based on various IEEE, IETF and ANSI/TIA standards.

Developed in 2011, Wi-SUN standards – which stands for ‘Wireless Smart Utility Networks’ – are already embedded in 95 million devices worldwide.

Its members will use LuxLive to demonstrate and promote the wireless technology.

Last year, a massive control network encompassing 15,000 luminaires turned the City of London into a ‘smart city’.

As well as lighting control, including dimming, the system supports applications such as traffic and parking monitoring, occupancy sensing, environmental monitoring and asset management.

Wi-SUN – which has 230 members in 26 countries – is one of first big tech groups to sign up as an event partner for LuxLive 2020.

Supplied by Itron and Urban Control, the scheme has led to a 60 per cent reduction in energy use and generates pollution, air quality and traffic data thanks to embedded sensors.

There is individual lantern control using an RF mesh Central Management System (CMS) and Smart City Network from which lighting and smart city technologies and services can be developed.

The system works by sending out a radio-frequency signal from a small number of access points to nodes in each street light.

Each node has its own IP address and acts as a relay to every other node, creating the ‘mesh’.

The network features 10 gateways, using Wi-Sun’s self-forming and self-healing mesh functions to add devices to the network, as well as UrbanControl’s software-based security offerings to comply with the City’s stringent requirements.

‘Five years ago we were not in a good place,’ says Giles Radford, highways manager at the City of London. ‘Meter supplies were a big headache and we needed light scouts to check for failures. Now we’re looking to add a range of innovative smart city applications’.

 

  • Giles Radford will speak about the City of London project at LuxLive 2020. More information on LuxLive 2020 HERE.