Smart Network to Control San Francisco Streetlighting

by | Nov 15, 2012

Paradox Engineering is starting the deployment of the pilot project for remotely managing the public lighting infrastructure in San Francisco, Calif. Endorsed by the San Francisco Public Utility Commission (SFPUC), the project will lead to the implementation of a citywide secure wireless communication network to monitor and control different urban services such as streetlighting, electric vehicles charging stations, electricity meters and traffic signals.

Strongly committed to sustainable development and energy efficiency, the SFPUC intends to replace the existing HPS street light poles with dimmable LED luminaires in the next two years, and to remotely manage them through an integrated wireless control system.

In the next few weeks, the pilot project will be kicked-off in downtown San Francisco. The first step will allow remote monitoring and control of luminaires. Electric vehicles charging stations, electricity meters and traffic signals control cabinets will be added shortly after. Outcomes will be analyzed to measure quantitative and qualitative benefits, therefore validating a model for future implementations.

Paradox Engineering’s software leverages the new concept: the ‘Internet of Things’, where any object can be associated with an IP address and integrated into a wider network to transmit and receive relevant information.

Working closely with the SFPUC, Paradox Engineering is taking care of the solution’s design, engineering and delivery, also providing technology and expertise to streamline the implementation of the IPv6 wireless full mesh network and its different components.

Other relevant industry players such as Philips Lighting and Oracle have embraced the SFPUC’s approach to a smarter and more livable city, fully supporting the project through practical and conceptual endorsement, and creating conditions for easy implementation and scalability. Philips Lighting provides the network compatible lighting solutions, and Oracle’s City Platform will help managing and analyzing data coming from this ground breaking system.

In related news, the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) and GE Lighting are working together on The Bay Area Next Generation Streetlight Initiative to catalyze the upgrade of over 200,000 municipal streetlights in the region to LED technology.

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