PE Smart Urban Network is a radical breakthrough for Smart Cities. Providing a revolutionary and next generation connectivity platform and applications ecosystem, it is a platform to manage urban services more efficiently and improve citizen satisfaction, making Cities more agreeable, livable and safer.
PE Smart Urban Network is a breakthrough for Smart Cities.
Providing a revolutionary and next generation connectivity and applications ecosystem, it is a platform to manage urban services more efficiently and improve citizen satisfaction, making Cities more agreeable, livable and safer.
PE Smart Urban Network enables wireless mesh network with an interoperable infrastructure, to manage both multi-sensor Wireless IoT and Wireless Highspeed IoT device. These may include both sensor based applications and high-bandwidth applications. In this way, Cities connect and control a number of smart applications, sensors and actuators, on a single platform.
What does an interoperable technology look like?
First of all, it is based on open standards, thus it is brand-agnostic, allows seamless integration of third-party systems and custom applications, and grants the confidence of a continuity of supply over time allowing Cities to select best-of-breed technologies and partners to design present and future services. When relying on open standards, a City can unlock its real innovation potential. Every City manager knows that implementing service-specific solutions to manage urban applications one by one adds fragmentation, complexity and costs, jeopardizing the possibility to build efficient, sustainable, and open communities.
That’s our continuous commitment. While interoperability is a key feature of our breakthrough solution for Open Cities, we are active members of uCIFI Alliance, TALQ, and Zhaga to contribute to the development of open, multi-supplier, interoperable, multi-transport wireless communication solutions for Smart Cities and utilities.
PE Smart Urban Network is a true future-proof investment: being completely standard-based, it imposes no limits to the integration of new or additional sensors, and the design of new services.
The main components of PE Smart Urban Network are:
PE Smart CMS, the open management platform for smart, secure City services, controlling networks from a few to over 200,000 objects.
PE Smart Nodes, the IPv6/6LoWPAN hardware radio devices to interface and connect field objects such as streetlights, parking lots, meters, and others.
PE Smart Gateways, leveraging IPv6 and IPv4 protocols, and operating as border routers, network coordinators and data concentrators.
PE Smart Urban Network is a high performing, reliable, and scalable platform with a foundation built on our Smart Lighting solution. By controlling light points to adjust brightness according to daily solar times, ambient light levels, human or vehicle presence roadway lighting can be optimized to reach up to 70% savings on electricity spend while significantly reducing greenhouse emissions.
PE Smart Nodes interfacing with luminaires may also be integrated with additional connected motion sensors, traffic monitoring, tilt sensors and other devices, triggering condition-based dynamic lighting.
PE Smart Urban Network allows municipalities and operators to remotely monitor and control parking facilities, collecting and taking advantage of a full range of parking-related data, such as the number of available lots in a specific area, the duration of each parking and possible abuses (such as unauthorized parking.)
These pieces of information enable a smarter management of existing facilities and the increase of average usage rates. By integrating the solution with mobile apps, variable message panels and traffic guidance systems, it is possible to alert drivers with real-time parking availability and route them to the nearest parking area.
Supporting both Wireless IoT and Wireless Highspeed IoT, PE Smart Urban Network enables the remote management and control of a variety of urban services, also setting the ground to design future applications we might not even think of.
PE Smart Urban Network also allows Cities to offer data-hungry applications such as Pervasive WiFi, and allow residents and visitors to access communication services, online applications and contents, also covering news, events and infotainment services to make Cities more attractive. By collaborating with shops and local businesses, it could also provide the possibility to design proximity marketing campaigns, thus contributing to grow urban economy.
Video surveillance, traffic control and emergency response support are other possible applications, as IP cameras, surveillance systems, earthquake sensors, and potentially unmanned vehicles can be integrated into PE Smart Urban Network to improve public security and hasten law enforcement intervention when needed.
Our AR Smart City mobile app offers a unique Augmented Reality immersion into Internet of Things applications for Smart Cities: you are guided into an interactive demonstration of how public services such as streetlight control, parking management, solid waste collection, video surveillance and public Wi-Fi can be managed and controlled from a single platform, making Cities cleaner, safer and more livable.
When entering the AR experience, the following views and contents are available:
Smart Urban Network – enjoy a digital animation of PE Smart Urban Network to see how the interoperable Wireless IoT and Wireless Highspeed IoT platform enables key City services
Smart Applications – play digital animations of urban applications including Smart Lighting, Smart Parking, Smart Waste, Smart Building, Smart Sensing and Wireless HighSpeed Services
Smart Data – look at smart devices and data in action, with simulated readings from streetlights, parking lots, waste bins, building and environmental sensors
Smart Products – learn more about PE Smart Urban Network components, discovering main features of PE Smart CMS, PE Smart Nodes and Gateways
AR Smart City mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices:
Download it for free from Apple Store
or Google Play
Enter the AR experience:
With a marker image
Marker-based Augmented Reality (also called Image Recognition) needs some type of visual marker, such as a QR/2D code, to produce a result only when it is sensed by a reader, which corresponds to the camera of your mobile device. To start the AR experience this way, download the marker image at this link and print it (A3 format would be preferable). Select the option ‘With marker image’ from Main page, frame the picture with your device’s camera and follow the instructions.
Without a marker image
Markerless Augmented Reality (also called location-based, position-based, or GPS) uses the GPS, digital compass, velocity meter, or accelerometer which is embedded in your mobile device to provide data based on your location. To start the AR experience this way, select the option ‘Without marker image’ from Main page, move around slowly to find a plane surface (a table or the floor would be fine), frame it and follow the instructions.
A $5M cleantech investment in San Leandro, CA
Chiasso, a truly Smart City in Switzerland
Working for a smarter Cambodia
A great historical heritage meets smart technologies in Siracusa, Italy
Gijón, Spain: Smart Lighting
A smart solution to address eparking issues in France and Norway
The City of San Leandro is making great strides in reaching its Climate Action Plan goals by investing in infrastructure retrofits and smart city applications. In early 2016, the City Council selected Climatec, an energy services company, to install USD 5.2 million in energy and water saving equipment, asking for a guarantee that savings would cover 100% of the costs of the improvements and related debt services.
Climatec replaced 4,730 street lights with smart LED lamps, implementing as centralized management and control system. The existing City’s fiber optics network was used for high-speed communications, and Paradox Engineering’s infrastructure prepared the City to support multiple smart city applications and services, such as integrated parking systems, public wireless internet service, traffic video surveillance, and more.
PE Smart Urban Network
In Summer 2017, students from Harvey Mudd College (including a San Leandro High School graduate) interned with Pilot City to develop a for street trash cans that connected to PE Smart Urban Network.
Smart Waste Monitoring pilot solution
“San Leandro embodies sustainability in action. We invest in green infrastructure and programs to ensure that San Leandro furthers it legacy as a smart and sustainable city”, said Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter.
Climatec calculated that the entire investment will generate $8 million savings over 15 years through strategic reductions in energy and water use, and $1.5 million in positive cash flow over that time. In addition to the financial benefits, San Leandro’s investments in clean infrastructure will reduce GHG emissions by 1,390 metric tons annually, the equivalent of 3.3 million miles driven in a year.
“As we continue to live with limited natural resources, it’s important that the City lead by example in being more efficient with municipal operations. Realized budget savings on our utility bills will be turned back into funding additional municipal efficiency projects”, said Debbie Pollart, Public Works Director at the City of San Leandro.
The Swiss municipality of Chiasso is strongly committed to sustainability and innovation, and was awarded the “Energy City” label for its forward-looking energy efficiency policies. Together with AGE SA, the local utility managing water, electricity, gas distribution in the area, Chiasso is always looking for new ways to conserve natural resources.
In 2013, the City started to invest in its street lighting infrastructure to reduce energy consumption, pilot future proof technologies and improve quality of service. The Smart Lighting project was kicked off by replacing existing lamps with LED devices and implementing PE Smart Urban Network as advanced system for remote monitoring and control.
“Investments we are shouldering to improve street lighting are paying relevant benefits back to Chiasso citizens and businesses, as well as to local government and AGE itself”, confirmed Corrado Noseda, director at AGE SA. “Thanks to LED transition and the possibility to calibrate each light point from remote, we estimate a 70% cut of daily energy consumption in Via Dante Alighieri, and similar results in the other areas. As for service quality, we can ensure every street, crossroad and crossover to be properly lighted, using the light intensity which is indeed needed. Management and maintenance costs have been reduced too”. .
AGE and the City of Chiasso decided to gradually leverage to manage other urban applications, such as in some city areas, traffic video surveillance along the ring road, and a pilot project. has been implemented in a popular facility in the city centre, and discussions are in place to test some pioneer drone applications in the same area, thus pushing the idea of Smart City even further.
In the Kingdom of Cambodia, MinebeaMitsumi developed a High-efficiency LED Streetlight Implementation Project, working with Paradox Engineering and Iwasaki Electric. About 8,000 streetlights were replaced with LED luminaires and connected to a to allow remote monitoring and control, covering four different locations in Phnom Penh City, Siem Reap City and Angkor Wat ruins area.
A reduction of about 70% of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions was gained in Phase 1, comparing the new solution with conventional High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting providing the same level of brightness. About 55% of GHG emissions saving is accountable to LED technologies, while an additional 15% to the wireless control system. Energy saving will increase to 80% in Phase 2 thanks to the implementation of advanced LED streetlights further cutting energy consumption, and the optimization of dimming patterns.
Positive results were also achieved in terms of grid safety. Each node now continuously monitors grid voltage variations, supporting the electricity supplier in designing and operating the grid according to visualized peaks and drops. This contributes to energy optimizations and minimizes the risk of blackouts.
Working for a smarter Cambodia, MinebeaMitsumi is creating a comprehensive network platform to monitor and manage different urban applications, integrating devices such as parking sensors, electricity meters, surveillance cameras, etc. MinebeaMitsumi will continue to forge ahead with developing in Cambodia the most advanced Smart City showcase in the world, as well as concentrating the Group’s latest technology to contribute to environmental measures and reduce electricity use in the country.
Siracusa is a historical City located in the southeast corner of Sicily, Italy, with a population of around 125,000 people. Committed to sustainable growth, the City is building its own future by investing in smart technologies to improve urban services, increase energy efficiency, simplify internal processes and encourage citizens’ participation.
In February 2015, the City launched the “Siracusa SmaRt” project to renew the existing public lighting infrastructure with LED-based devices, also developing a remote control and data transmission system. Citelum and EBF Costruzioni Impianti won the contract by proposing a true Smart City project for the small island of Ortigia, representing the heart of Siracusa’s historical center.
About 1,530 lighting points were replaced with energy efficient LED lamps – old-fashioned artistic lanterns with warm white lights to enhance buildings’ and monuments’ colors, and connected to PE Smart Urban Network platform to enable remote management and control.
Citelum can now remotely manage breakdowns, plan maintenance routines, turn lights on/off and adjust brightness upon pre-defined lighting patterns, with the possibility to trigger variations whenever necessary. This step was completed in less than two months, paying particular attention to some of the City’s most ancient locations and monuments such as Cathedral Square, the Arethusa’s fountain, and Saint-Joseph Church. The Smart Lighting solution has been operating since December 2015, and the City estimated a reduction of power consumption up to 60% in selected districts.
Video surveillance is implemented using 10 IP cameras located in Ortigia, while 2 variable message panels offer useful traffic guidance and 3 digital boards display tourist information. Additionally, Paradox Engineering’s platform enabled a pilot Smart Metering project, connecting 12 electrical meters to the network for remote reading and energy consumption control. In 2016, free Internet access through 26 Wi-Fi access points was installed in Ortigia, leveraging existing Paradox Engineering’s smart devices.
With about 280 thousand inhabitants, Gijón is the largest municipality in the autonomous community of Asturias in Spain. The City has covered a long path towards digital transformation and modernization, also becoming a notable example for its commitment to intelligent sustainability. The City roadmap includes a series of projects to introduce advanced technologies to improve key urban services, such as street lighting, ensuring a more efficient use of public spaces and resources, as well as a higher quality of life.
Smart Lighting was kicked-off early 2016 with the modernization of 1,150 luminaires in the city center and the switch to LED-based devices. Taking advantage of T-Systems’ expertise and Paradox Engineering’s platform, Gijón moved further and decided to turn the existing infrastructure into a truly intelligent network to better control energy consumption and increase lighting efficiency.
PE Smart Urban Network
Gijón municipality is now able to define customized lighting patterns for single districts, streets and even single lamps, triggering on/off and dimming actions according to programmed schedules or on demand.
The City of Gijón estimated double savings from the Smart Lighting investment, acknowledging a significant reduction of energy consumption on one hand, and a relevant financial saving for municipal coffers on the other hand, valued at around EUR 100,000 a year. In March 2016, Gijón initiative was awarded as “Best Smart City Project” at the 6th edition of the National Congress for Innovation and Public Services (CNIS).
Norway and France are the top two countries in Europe for e-mobility, closely followed by Great Britain. Most cities are installing public charging stations for electric vehicles (EV), coupling them with dedicated parking spaces. Being certain to find an available lot is fundamental for EV drivers, as most cars currently in use have a driving range around 100 miles and require regular charging.
G2Mobility, a French company pioneering intelligent recharge solutions for electric vehicles (EV), was selected by Syndicat départemental d’Energie d’Eure-et-Loir and Syndicat Electrique Intercommunal du Pays Chartrain to install EV charging points throughout the French Eure-et-Loir department.
G2Mobility selected Tinynode to complement its charging stations, to prevent unauthorized use of parking lots dedicated to EV recharge, and to provide drivers with real-time availability information.
About 120 Tinynode car detection sensors were deployed in 2015 in Eure-et-Loir. Devices were integrated with G2Mobility systems, pairing vehicle occupancy data with power drainage from charging stations to ensure a reliable and effective monitoring of EV charging stations usage. Results are very positive, and recent surveys confirm a high user satisfaction.
A similar project was recently completed in Oslo, Norway, where ITS and traffic solutions provider Swarco is acting as system integrator on Akershus Parking facilities. Swarco was entrusted to provide EV charging stations to 90 parking lots, and worked with Tinynode to equip each of them with car detection sensors.
By integrating Tinynode systems with Akershus Parking guiding system, it was possible to increase usage of EV charging stations, at the same time reducing abuses and unauthorized parking.
Scalable and Flexible Funding for Smart Cities
Modernizing Our Communications Infrastructure
Scalable and Flexible Funding will Shape Smart Cities Growth for Decades to Come
Innovative technological infrastructure improvements for municipalities and public assets are at the forefront of “The New Normal.” Demand for more connectivity in our communities and enhanced services which improve our quality of life is greater than ever. However, the challenge of funding is also great – the process and program execution for Smart City projects require considerable investments, and public finance options are tighter than ever. Smart City advancements are critical to the enhancement of our future, and will shape sustainable socio-economic growth for decades to come; scalable and flexible terms are needed.
The current economic climate forces many cities to examine budget cuts and appropriate resources toward other initiatives, placing urban networking projects off for another day. Due to the focus on this industry, and the substantial benefits gained in deploying IoT concepts many more funding options are becoming available. These new options expedite and streamline project funding, and allow city leaders to enjoy the benefits of reducing financial constraints and obligations.
“Advances in technology present both a challenge and an opportunity for municipalities, municipal service providers and utility companies. The challenge lies in living up to what has become the new normal in societies across the world – delivering fast, convenient, and innovative services to an increasingly technologically savvy population”- Anthony Amendola, CFO and Founder of Energy Advisors, LLC.
Using a Public-Private Partnership (P3) model, in this example Efficiency as a Service (EaaS), affords public entities a path to employ current technology and advance the ultimate goal of digitalization and smart civic services. The “as a service” business model simply creates a relationship in which the municipality purchases a service from a service provider responsible for the smart city application. This provider then delivers the service through assets it owns, maintains, and improves.
“Efficiency as a Service is an evolution of the Public-Private Partnership model which enables municipalities a viable option to deliver these services to their population without impacted already strained budgets” Anthony added.
Business models like these are becoming increasingly common for public asset optimizations using scalable approaches. Some providers have offered such a service in the past, with the distinct disadvantage of tying the service to their own, proprietary equipment. Cities with an eye towards constantly evolving technology and ever-changing needs of their citizens are justifiably skeptical of these offerings. P3 models such as EaaS emphasize the importance of having open-source interoperable Smart City networks that can be designed with the future in mind, knowing that the capital and service structure is in place, regardless of changing technology.
Benefits to Municipalities and Campuses:
✔ Upfront capital is not required – technology is fully funded through the service agreement.
✔ Strained city budgets are eased, as energy and maintenance savings reduce operating expenses.
✔ Additional Smart City technologies that may not normally be implemented due to capital constraints may now be adopted, as a result of their ability to optimize performance and increase energy savings. This energy savings drives repayment of the cost.
✔ Reduced risk of ownership – the improvements are maintained by the service provider during the term.
✔ Years of deferred maintenance can be addressed economically.
✔ An agnostic approach towards vendors and technology provides a “future proof” solution that can grow and evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow.
Create, then Innovate.
Modernizing Our Communications Infrastructure Has Never Been More Critical Than It Is Today
As the world begins to realize the challenges that we face when we must restrict our daily routines into a more isolated, untethered community, we turn to technology to enable us to interact, educate, and collaborate in new ways. Modernizing our communications infrastructure has never been more critical than it is today. It is the duty of our municipal and government leaders to understand the importance of communication and information services to provide civic technology innovations for every citizen – as we work to maintain normalcy for our families under conditions such as the COVID-19 threat.
One of the most pressing needs to cope with these type of conditions is Community Wide WiFi.
Parents who are now educating children at home have realized very quickly how difficult it can be to keep young people indoors, in front of computers and tablets, motivated, and happy. How much better would this experience be if we could move it outdoors? With fast and reliable access to WiFi connections in public outdoor spaces, we can relieve our children’s “cabin fever” by studying at picnic tables, parks, and backyards instead of our kitchen tables and counter tops. Outdoor public WiFi also provides much needed support for lower income families who may not have the same internet access at home that their children experience in schools.
Public access to WiFi also enables health and human service agencies to communicate critical public health services to all citizens. Telehealth, testing locations, transportation options and care services reach our residents first through a wireless portal. And, it is likely that remote health care models will evolve at an accelerated pace following the current crisis.
As our ways of living changes to adapt to the COVID 19 threat, we are developing new models for healthcare in the future. As an example, Human Care Systems (HCS) is an internet based provider of integrated health services that delivers access, use and outcomes using a platform that is purpose-built to optimize patient services. By delivering personalized patient support through a localized data sharing medium, companies like HCS can send critical information to hospitals, doctors, and emergency responders to improve preparedness and positive outcomes.
Ubiquitous outdoor WiFi for cities and communities is relatively easy to deploy. LED streetlights serve as the backbone, with networked controls that are capable of providing WiFi access to the public.
Open architecture urban network technology is readily available today, and provides for expansion in the future. Now is the time for our elected officials to move forward with upgrading city infrastructure to provide access for all our citizens.