Implementation of a PPP model for smart street lighting

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Implementation of a PPP model for smart street lighting

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Shreya Dr
Sept 25, 2021    4 min read

Street lights are fundamental in any city. Most cities, however, use the conventional lighting system that seems to be obsolete in this technological age. Such a lighting system is associated with high energy usage and heavy operational costs. Therefore, investing in an energy-efficient street lighting system can be a game-changer for municipalities. Smart street lighting installations have the potential to transform cities and towns, paving the way for a more sustainable form of life. Switching to intelligent lighting solutions based on LED’s presents an opportunity for city governments to lower energy consumption, operation and maintenance costs while reducing the overall carbon footprint. In addition, a bright and reliable lighting network can have several socio-economic benefits: well-lit streets make people feel safe and secure, it particularly enhances women’s safety, drastically reduces road accidents during the night, furthermore, acts as a catalyst to boost economic and social activity after sunset. Given these benefits, switching from a traditional lighting system to an IoT-enabled lighting technology is a win-win solution for many municipalities worldwide. However, high upfront costs can be a deterrent. Public sector organizations facing budget constraints often find retrofitting old street‐lighting systems challenging. Attracting private capital via Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) can help municipalities raise the funds needed to implement intelligent street lighting systems that secure efficiency and high technical standards in the long run. A public-private partnership (PPP, 3P, or P3) is a long-term relationship between two or more public and private sectors based on a predefined agreement. There are several different types of public-private partnership contracts depending on the type of project, level of risk transfer, investment level, and the desired outcome.

Governments/Public sector organizations usually incorporate a PPP model in collaboration with an ESCO (Energy savings company) for smart street lighting projects. The PPP model is based on an energy savings performance contract (ESPC), in such a model an Energy Services Company (ESCO) achieves energy savings by implementing a smart street lighting system. An ESCO will assess the efficiency opportunity, purchase equipment necessary to improve performance and install the equipment. Typically, such a project involves retrofitting public street lamps with energy-efficient lamps (LEDs), improving operational efficiency by establishing a central management software that offers real-time monitoring and predictive repair, maintenance management, remote control, API integration, etc. The type of smart lighting system that is installed, as well as the ancillary services that are supplied to the public sector, vary from one ESCO to another. The outcome of such a PPP model is aimed at energy savings. This model guarantees savings for a set period of time in exchange for payment from the energy cost savings. The ESCP is always structured to balance risks, make the project sustainable and viable, protect the rights of all parties involved, and provide measurable investment and performance objectives.

Hypothetically, If an ESCO can implement a lighting system that guarantees an energy savings of 80%, the saved energy cost becomes their mode of profit in exchange for energy savings. The ESCO receives either the entire cost of energy savings or a portion of it, depending on the contract’s predefined terms and conditions. Such a model benefits both the private and public sectors while also lowering the city’s carbon footprint. A PPP model or the ESCO mechanism can improve a country’s energy security, boost its economic growth, and promote regional development. As a result, implementing a PPP model for smart street lighting will be beneficial in the long run, and it has a lot of promise for success in developing nations such as India, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Nepal, among others. Therefore, the advantages of such a paradigm should be exploited to the fullest extent possible.

Several PPP models that are based on the ESCO mechanism have been successful all over the world. Revamping the public street lighting system in Rajasthan was a remarkable project based on the ESCO model. In the city of Jaipur, over 100,000 public streetlights were managed and maintained by the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC). However, the public lighting system was facing problems owing to old, energy-intensive technology and a lack of capacity to operate such a large network. JMC was keen to procure an energy-efficient system but lacked the necessary knowledge and management capabilities. Under the umbrella of a Knowledge Partnership between the Government of Rajasthan and IFC (International Finance Corporation), JMC engaged IFC as the transaction advisor to structure a PPP for financing, upgrading, operating, and maintaining the public lights system in Jaipur. After a transparent and competitive bidding process, a consortium led by SMC Infrastructures Private Ltd., a large Indian infrastructure company comprising Samudra Electronic System Private Limited, a leading LED lights manufacturer, and Winwalk System Inc., an ESCO, was selected and awarded the project. The winning bid committed to achieving over 77% in energy savings of which over 30% would be shared with JMC.

POST TENDER RESULTS

    • Fiscal savings of $1 million per year.
    • At least $12 million in private investments.
    • Improved streetlight services to over 1,650,000 people daily.
    • Reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions by 36,750 metric tons per year.
    • Enhanced safety and security of Jaipur city.
    • Replication potential throughout the country

Source: Public-Private Partnership Stories India: Rajasthan Public Street Lighting International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Another successful project based on the ESCO mechanism is the public street lighting project in the city of Bhubaneswar. The city’s municipal authority, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) was assisted by IFC to design and structure the transaction, manage a PPP bid process and identify a qualified private sector partner to upgrade and manage the street lighting system. Shah Investments, Financials, Developments, and Consultants Private Limited, an Indian Energy Services Company (ESCO), was awarded the tender. Post this, the ESCO invested and managed Bhubaneswar’s street lighting system and received payments generated by realized energy savings. The bid variable for the project was the energy savings committed by ESCO to BMC, subject to a 30 percent minimum.

POST-TENDER RESULTS

  • Expected to generate annual savings to government of $100,000;
  • Mobilized $4.8 million in private sector investment;
  • Will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 10,500 annually;
  • Potential for replication throughout India.

Public-Private Partnership Stories India : Bhubaneswar Street Lighting
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Rajasthan Public Street Lighting

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      Energy-Saving Strategies in Smart Lighting Systems

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      Energy-Saving Strategies in Smart Lighting Systems

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      Shreya Dr
      Sept 25, 2021    4 min read

      The primary goal of a smart lighting system is to save energy and cut down heavy operational costs. A robust lighting management system that leverages sensors with communication and analytics can generate energy savings, efficiency gains, lower operating costs, and a host of other benefits for the community. While such a system offers plenty of advantages, it’s important to incorporate energy-saving strategies to maximize their benefits. Here we talk about some energy-saving strategies that can be implemented in your smart lighting systems to maximize energy savings.

      1. Replacing incandescent bulbs with LED lamps : The first step towards achieving greater energy savings can be accomplished by replacing traditional incandescent bulbs with LED lamps. LEDs use much less energy as compared to incandescent bulbs, because diode light is much more efficient, power-wise than filament light bulbs. For instance, the light output of a 12 watt LED flood lamp is comparable to a 50-watt incandescent bulb. Therefore, usage of LED lamps will lead to significant energy savings, they can yield a reduction in energy of up to 60%-65% when compared to incandescent bulbs.

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      Fig 1. Incandescent bulb vs LED

      2. Dimming Control : Dimming plays a very important role in smart lighting systems, they can significantly reduce energy consumption by reducing the brightness and intensity of the luminaries as required. Dimming lights reduce their wattage by reducing the flow of electricity to the bulb which allows lights to operate with lower power outputs and brightness. Dimmers can also extend the life of your bulbs because lights under less stress shine for a longer period. Dimming comes into play when lights are used for very long periods; during peak hours of use the lights can be at their maximum intensity but at times when bright lighting isn’t required they can be lowered in intensity as and when required. Fig 2 gives a graphical representation of energy reduction using dimming controls over a period of 24 hours. Therefore, adding dimming controls or implementing auto-dimming features in your lighting system will lead to higher energy savings and reduced costs.

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      Fig 2. Use of dimming control to reduce energy consumption

      3. Occupancy/Vacancy Sensing : Integration of Occupancy and Vacancy sensors in a smart lighting system engenders remarkable energy savings. It’s a growing technology with the potential to pave the way for an IoT-enabled lighting infrastructure. Occupancy sensors can detect human presence and automatically turn ON lights when someone enters a room. Consequently, when an occupant leaves the room the lights will either turn OFF or lower in intensity (Dimming). Vacancy sensors on the other hand automatically turn OFF the lights when someone leaves the room without having the provision of an automatic ON. In such a case occupants will turn ON the lights only when required, this prevents false triggers or unnecessary illumination ( eg when an animal walks in or an object falls).

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      Fig 3. Use of Occupancy Sensors
      Fig 4. Use of Vacancy Sensors

      Implementation of occupancy or vacancy sensors will yield high energy savings. It’s ideal for IoT-enabled indoor lighting systems in offices, workplaces, etc. According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, occupancy-based strategies can produce average lighting energy savings of 24%.

      This concept can be extended towards implementing lighting zones using motion sensors. This is called lighting on demand (LOD), it’s an energy-efficient lighting control technique that dynamically adjusts the lights in a space according to its occupancy. Because LEDs are dimmable, they may be used in conjunction with controls and presence sensing to maximise their potential. Fig 5 and 6 illustrate the process of lighting on demand.

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      Fig 5 Motion sensors that detect presence and increase light intensity

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      Fig 6 An Implementation of Lighting Zones

      4. Astro Modes : Astro Mode is another unique feature in an intelligent lighting system, it enables a device to adapt intelligently to daily sunset-sunrise by determining the current date, time, and geographical location. Using this information it calculates the luminaires operating schedule depending on the duration of dark hours and light hours. We can say that this is a more intelligent auto-scheduling system that can be implemented in smart outdoor lighting systems to yield high energy savings.

      Source: Utopia Tech
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      Fig 5. Use of Astro mode to reduce energy consumption

      5. Auto Scheduling : Many times, individuals often forget to turn OFF the lights before leaving their room or workplaces leading to unnecessary illumination. This results in higher energy costs on account of human errors. In situations like these, an auto-scheduling feature will come to our rescue. We can set predefined time slots to turn ON and turn OFF lights. For instance, we can schedule lights to turn ON in a workspace at 7 am and turn OFF at 11 pm. This strategy will significantly reduce energy consumption, especially in workspaces, which remain empty during overnight and weekends. Therefore, incorporating auto-scheduling will lead to an energy-efficient lighting system with lower electricity consumption.

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      Fig 6. Auto scheduling of lights

      6. Road categorization : Before implementing a smart street lighting system in a particular area, it’s important that we have information about the frequency of users on particular roads. Having this knowledge will help us in strategizing dimming, occupancy sensing, and auto-scheduling features for the lighting systems. Street lights can be at their max intensity for areas with high-density traffic. Motion sensors or occupancy sensors will be of no use in areas with a continuous traffic load or movement, therefore in such cases, we can cut down the cost of adding multiple sensors or features.

      However, it wouldn’t be wise to follow the same strategy for roads with minimal traffic or movement because that would lead to wasteful energy consumption with higher costs. Therefore, it would be prudent to implement dimming control and occupancy sensing in such areas; with this strategy, lights can turn ON only upon sensing traffic and lowered in intensity when there is no traffic or movement. Fig 7. shows a busy street with bright street lights to support heavy traffic load, Fig 8. shows an empty street with only 1 car, street lights here are illuminated only when a car approaches

      Fig 7. A lighting workspace system in an empty street

      7. Daylight harvesting : Daylight harvesting is an interesting concept that is usually implemented in indoor lighting systems. In this concept, light intensity is adjusted in response to available natural daylight. Buildings with more windows and daylight can increase ambient light utilization, thereby ensuring maximum energy savings. The following illustrations can help us understand this concept.

      Fig 8 A sensor detects that someone has entered the room, it can also sense that there is an ample amount of sunlight and therefore lighting is not activated.
      Fig 9 A sensor detects that someone has entered the room but there isn’t enough sunlight and hence lighting is activated.
      Fig 10 The workspace is occupied. As the sunlight rises and falls throughout the day, the level of artificial lighting is adjusted accordingly.
      Source: ADM systems
      This strategy can also be incorporated into street lighting systems to maximize energy savings. When we apply this concept to a smart street lighting system, lights remain OFF when an ample amount of daylight is available and as the daylight keeps decreasing the intensity of the street lights correspondingly increases. Implementing such a strategy will significantly reduce energy consumption and drastically reduce costs. The abovementioned energy-saving strategies can significantly reduce energy consumption and energy costs. Before any lighting system is implemented, the aforementioned strategies should be taken into consideration and incorporated into the solution to maximize energy savings and minimize energy consumption.

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        Communication frameworks in Smart lighting systems

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        Communication frameworks in Smart lighting systems

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        Shreya Dr
        Sept 25, 2021    4 min read

        A smart street lighting system comprises a network of street lights that are virtually connected to a lighting management system. Such a system consists of hardware and software, working in tandem to provide energy savings and operational efficiencies. The competitive advantage of an IoT-enabled lighting system over a conventional lighting system comes with its ability to offer remote control and real-time status of the lighting network. The basic components of such a system include high-efficiency LED lamps, an IoT-based communication network, and smart sensors for additional features. The lighting controller is the key component of every smart lighting installation, they are devices that allow users to control street lights and at the same time receive valuable feedback.

        Several communication technologies such as RF Zigbee, PLCC, GSM, LoraWan, and NBIoT are incorporated to facilitate communication between the street light controller and the lighting management system. Hynetic Electronics provides an end-to-end solution for smart street lighting that is tailored to meet customer requirements. A suitable communication framework can be deployed by taking into consideration certain factors like site conditions, the number of lights, operational and capital expenses, etc.

        The choice of the communication technology depends on the aforementioned factors and the specific situation under consideration. For instance, RF-Zigbee technology is suitable only when all consecutive lights are Smart RF Enabled. Such a communication protocol will not be suitable for randomly distributed Smart lighting implementation. In addition, RF-ZigBee technology is developed to cater to the needs of low-cost and low-power IoT applications. Zigbee is used in devices where a low data rate and secure networking are needed. This network uses “multi-hop” routing to reach far distances and this Mesh topology ensures that it is perfectly suited for Smart Street Lighting applications. Another added advantage of this communication technology is the ease of deployment and low operational costs (OPEX). Fig 1 gives an illustration of an RF-Zigbee-based smart lighting system.

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        Fig 1. Solution Architecture of RF-Zigbee

        PLCC( Power line carrier communication) is a communication framework with a simple infrastructure,  it’s a wired communication technique that can facilitate communication through existing power lines. Advantages of such a system include elimination of shared bandwidth, ease of deployment, no line-of-sight limitation, and easy fault detection. Hynetic Electronics incorporates PLCC to deploy smart lighting systems with an aim to conserve power, reduce maintenance costs and provide rapid payback to operators and the environment. Fig 2 gives an illustration of this communication framework.

        Fig 2. Solution Architecture using PLCC
        NBIoT and LoraWAN are new emerging technologies that are suitable communication frameworks for smart street lighting solutions. NBIoT (Narrowband IoT, also known as LTE Cat NB) is a fast-growing technology that is designed specifically for IoT applications, it belongs to the category of low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN), enabling to connect devices that need small amounts of data, low bandwidth, and long battery life. It’s a promising solution aimed at connecting devices over long distances, especially in areas with high connection density. Simple access mechanisms, reliable use of licensed band spectrums, high flexibility, and wider global reach are some advantages of choosing an NBIoT communication framework. In a nutshell, it is a narrowband and low-power technology that handles small amounts of two-way data transmission in an efficient, secure, and reliable manner. The only downside to NBIoT is the high operating costs associated with this technology.
        Fig 3. Solution Architecture using NBIoT communication framework

        LoraWAN is a network (protocol) based on the LoRa technology, LoRa is a proprietary low power wide area modulation technique based on CSS( chirp spread spectrum technology). The LoRaWAN framework targets key requirements of IoT such as secure bi-directional communication, mobility, and localization services. Some of the key benefits include low power consumption that leads to better battery life, ease of deployment, a wide coverage range that enables smart city applications, greater security, and low bandwidth that makes it ideal for IoT frameworks with low data rates. LoRaWAN technology would therefore be ideal for applications that are noncritical and delay-tolerant, uplink oriented, and battery-powered. Hynetics’ LoRaWAN solution can be connected with leading network providers like Tata Communications Ltd and Senra for PAN-India deployments.

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        Fig 4. LoRaWAN Implementation in Smart lighting systems

        It’s impossible to claim that one technology is superior to another. Every technology has its pros and cons. A brief comparison of all the technologies will give an overview of their features.

        A selection of a particular communication framework can be made based on factors such as:

        1. Network Topology
        2. Street Light Gateway Requirement
        3. Control Latency
        4. Operational
        5. Capital expenses etc.

        Table 1 gives a tabulated summary of the main features that need to be considered before selection. A pro-con analysis for each communication framework has also been summarised.

        Table 1. Comparison of communication technologies

        FEATURES COMMUNICATION FRAMEWORK
        RF GSM – GRPS [2G & 4G] PLCC LoRaWAN
         Network Topology – Wireless – 2.4GHz / 865MHz – RF Mesh – Wireless – Quad-band GSM / 4G band – Wired – 2MHz – 30MHz band – Wireless – 865MHz – 867MHz
        Street Light Gateway Requirement Required Not Required Required Not Required
        Communication between SLC & SLG RF Mesh Not Applicable Communicates through 2G/4G mobile base-stations Through existing power line No additional wires required Not Applicable Communicates through LoRaWAN base-stations
        Communication between Server & SLC Through SLG Communicates through 2G/4G mobile base-stations Through SLG Communicates through LoRaWAN base-stations
        Control Latency – Medium – 30 secs to 3 minutes* *Depending on network bandwidth between SLG & Server – Low – 15 secs to 3 minutes* *Depending on the 2G & 4G connectivity at that point of time – Medium – 30 secs to 3 minutes* *Depending on network bandwidth between SLG and Server – High – 1 minute – 10 minutes* *Depending on LoRaWAN base-station & network
        Periodic Data Collection Latency 8 minutes to 15 minutes per light node *Assuming 50 lights per gateway As low as 1 minute depending on the configuration 8 minutes to 15 minutes per light point *Assuming 50 lights per gateway Theoretically, it is possible to push the data every 1 minute from each light node. Practically, it depends on the limitations of the number of uploads per day defined by the network provider Communication latency to the Server depends on the LoRaWAN base-station
        Ease of Deployment Easy / Medium Network formation and assignment of SLCs to SLG is required during commissioning Very Easy Easy / Medium Assignment of SLCs to SLG is required during commissioning Easy
        Capital Expenses (Unit Cost) X X – 10% (for 2G) 4X (for 4G) X + 10% X – 5%
        Operating Expenses – Less – Operating cost associated with SIM cards is only for SLG – Medium / High – Operating cost associated with SIM cards for all SLCs –   Less -Operating cost associated with SIM cards is only for SLG – Medium / High – Operating cost of LoRaWAN network
         Pros – Strong mesh network topology – Less operating costs – Easy to deploy & hassle-free commissioning – Faster communication to the Server – GPS add-on available for accurate location positioning – Strong network between SLC & SLG – No external antennas required – Less operating costs – Easy to deploy & hassle-free commissioning
         Cons – Commissioning support required – Periodic data collection is slightly higher than the GSM-GPRS variant – Higher operating expenses – 4G variant is extremely expensive – Commissioning support required – Periodic data collection is slightly higher than the GSM-GPRS variant – Higher operating expenses due to LoRaWAN network
         

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          Are Smart Street lights worth the investment?

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          Are Smart Street lights worth the investment?

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          Sept 25, 2021    4 min read

          Smart street lights are a paradigm of technological transformation in the lighting industry, they will pave the way for a more sustainable form of living. Smart lighting systems have been prevalent for quite some time now, but many governments have been skeptical about revamping cities with smart street lights due to their high cost of investment. The question now arises, are smart street lights worth the investment?

          IoT-enabled smart lights offer a plethora of benefits. A smart lighting system comprises a network of street lights that can communicate with each other and provide real-time data to a central management system. The basic components of such a system include high-efficiency LED lamps, an IoT-based communication network that enables remote control ( auto-scheduling, dimming, automatic ON/OFF, etc), and smart sensors for additional features. With auto-dimming, scheduling, and a host of other capabilities smart street lighting can significantly reduce energy costs by 80%, with a 60% reduction achieved by switching from incandescent light bulbs to LEDs (light-emitting diodes), and a further reduction of 20-25% on account of intelligent lighting controls. The range of features and multitude of benefits that smart street lights possess ensure a guaranteed return on investment in 2-4 years on average.

          Intelligent street light controllers can work dynamically to adjust light levels based on specified criteria: high intensity during peak hours, reduced intensity when human presence isn’t detected, auto-scheduling, etc. The incorporation of the aforementioned features will significantly reduce energy consumption. Smart lights are powered with electricity, a reduced energy consumption means that a lower amount of electricity is used which ultimately leads to lower costs. Some of the projects carried out by Hynetic are predicted to yield an ROI of 3 times the initial investment over a period of 10 years.

          While the CAPEX for smart street lighting is considerably high, the OPEX costs reduce drastically on account of a smart management system. Optimized maintenance proves to be a major advantage of intelligent street lighting systems. They reduce maintenance costs by 50%. Availability of the real-time status of each light enables the central management system to generate notifications in case of fault errors. This allows operators to take informed actions and reduce the need for frequent maintenance. An exceptional feature that drastically reduces operational costs is the ability to pinpoint the geo-location of faulty lights. Maintenance crews would be able to precisely track the exact location of the light that needs to be fixed without having to take multiple rounds to locate the defective light. Predictive analysis enables a robust and efficient lighting system that isn’t prone to incessant repairs. This feature identifies small problems that can be solved before they cascade into larger problems. The aforementioned benefits drastically reduce operational costs for a lighting system, which will prove to be a good investment.

          Apart from the basic benefits a smart lighting system offers, it provides several complementary features in the form of a smart pole. A smart pole could potentially contain several other features such as security cameras to enhance public safety, WiFi repeaters to provide public WiFi, digital street signages, weather monitoring sensors, etc. These features can be monetized to secure higher profits and greater ROI.

          A case study carried out by Hynetic Electronics gives an estimate for the ROI at Jababeka Industrial Estate in Indonesia. The proposed smart lighting solution is for a Pilot in one of the Zones that has approximately 2000 lights. This case study project comprised of three parts:

          Part-1 : Conversion of Non-LED to LED
          Part-2 : Conversion of All Lights to Smart Lighting
          Part-3 : Group Lighting Automation

          In the first phase of the project, Non-LED lights were replaced with LED lights. The ROI analysis shows that by replacing Non-LED bulbs with LEDs, energy costs decrease by almost 60%

          ANNUAL ENERGY COSTS OF NON-LED FIXTURES 72,033$
          ANNUAL ENERGY COSTS AFTER LED CONVERSION 28,868$
          ANNUAL COST SAVINGS 43,165$

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          In conclusion, smart street lights open a world of opportunities, starting from greater convenience, low energy consumption, reduced maintenance costs, and a myriad of other benefits. Now, who wouldn’t want that? Although the initial cost of investment for smart street lights may be higher as compared to conventional street lighting systems, the ROI and the host of capabilities it offers guarantees that the investment is worth it. While it may be true that this investment may not reap short-term benefits, however, in a span of 2-4 years, deploying smart street lighting will be propitious. In short, an intelligent lighting scheme would enable rapid, effective, and economical deployments that could smoothen the process for a city administration to upgrade its public services. Investing in Hynetics smart lighting system would provide an end-to-end solution with a flexible infrastructure for all your lighting needs with a guaranteed ROI in 2-4 years.

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            IMPORTANCE OF A LIGHTING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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            Importance of a Lighting Management System

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            Shreya Dr
            Sept 25, 2021    4 min read

            A robust lighting management system is cardinal for an IoT-enabled lighting network, a cost-effective smart lighting system consists of hardware and software working in tandem to provide energy savings and operational efficiency. Our state-of-the-art lighting management system is a secure and easy-to-use Central Management Software (CMS) that allows us to manage, monitor, and control smart light assets and sensors remotely. This solution is designed to create an overarching digital control system that is based on the concept of IoT and cloud computing, a software that can efficiently manage street lighting projects in diverse locations and geographies. In addition, Hynetics’ cost-efficient lighting solution is backed with a central management software that is vendor-neutral ( i.e it can manage hardware assets from many different vendors) and technology agnostic (i.e it works with multiple communication technologies such as NB-IoT, LoRa, PLC, RF-Zigbee, etc.) 

                                                                          Why choose Hynetics’ Lighting Management System?

            Our Lighting solution backed with an efficient central management software offers a wide range of features, ranging from real-time control to API integration. 

                                                                                      1. REAL TIME CONTROL AND CONFIGURATION

            Allows users to control the street light network by sending ON/OFF/DIM commands in real-time. Additionally, this platform enables the configuration of the automated or scheduled operation of different assets using different modes of operation.

            2. REAL TIME MONITORING AND ASSET MANAGEMENT

            Real-time monitoring and Asset management go hand in hand. The ability to monitor the status of our lighting network enables us to manage our assets effectively. With our real-time monitoring feature, we can obtain real-time information about the operation status of the lights. Lighting information includes Serial Number, Pole Number, Description, Communication, On-Hours Input Voltage, Current, Power, Frequency, Power Factor, Active Energy (kWh), Apparent Energy (kVAh), Light On-Hours, Intensity, Operational Mode, Light Alerts, etc. Feeder Panel Information includes Serial Number, On-Hours, Relay Status (AC Contactors), Phase Status (PH1, PH2, PH3), Input Voltage, Current, Power, Power Factor, Active Energy (kWh), Apparent Energy (kVAh), Faults & Alerts, AC Threshold Alerts. Having this information, we can efficiently manage all our assets/fixtures linked to the light. Real-time status and scheduled updates enable optimized maintenance management.

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                                                                                                   3. GOOGLE MAPS INTEGRATION

            Lights can be located and controlled via the google maps interface. Location features include street view, satellite view, and color-coded images that indicate their status.  

             

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                                                                                                          4. REPORT GENERATION

            Our solution is backed with real-time analytics and visualizations. Reports provide information about energy consumption, failure analysis, uptime %, monthly burning reports, etc. Using this platform we can obtain scheduled Daily, Weekly & Monthly reports on the operation of the lights with an option to download relevant reports of Lights & Faults for the desired timeline.

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              5. DASHBOARDS

            Dashboards provide an overview of the operational status of the lights and feeder panels. Easy access to relevant pages (Site Overview, Real-time Data, Control & Configuration, Last Status, Google Map View, Faults & Warnings, Reports, Tickets, etc)

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            6. ALERTS AND WARNINGS

            Another remarkable feature of a lighting management system is the ability to give alerts and warnings when there is some abnormal activity (Network failure, Switching point failure, abnormal power consumption, low power factors, communication failures,  day burners, burnouts, over/under voltage, etc) in the lighting network. Additionally, our platform can assign service tickets to relevant technicians and an escalation Matrix for Managers.

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            7. API INTEGRATION

            Our lighting solution offers API integration with 3rd party smart city platforms and applications. API integration will enable the seamless cooperation of applications and web systems. 

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            Other additional features include Heat map visualization for fault identification, user hierarchy for protected access, rugged security, light fixture interoperability, scalability, mobile management, etc

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              5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH TO LED BULBS​

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              5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH TO LED BULBS

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              Sept 25, 2021    4 min read

              LEDs are the epitome of technological advancement in the lighting sector, it’s a disruptive technology that has paved the way for a sustainable future. LED (light-emitting diode) lights are becoming increasingly popular. They are turning up all over the place, which leads one to wonder why. What’s so great about these little lights? How are they different from conventional light bulbs? To answer this question, there’s plenty of evidence that suggests that LED lights are a smarter choice. Here are 5 compelling reasons why LEDs are the best option for your lighting needs.

              1. ENERGY EFFICIENT 

              LED bulbs have the potential to transform the lighting industry, they are replacing conventional lights such as incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen lighting because of their high energy efficiency. An incandescent lightbulb for instance loses about 80% of its energy to heat and uses the remaining 20% for producing light. However, LED bulbs turn this around, they use 80% of the energy for producing light and the remaining goes into generating heat. The reason for this disparity in energy consumption is the presence of a heat sink integrated into LED fixtures which dissipates heat, this results in less heat wasted and more energy converted into light. Therefore, we can use a lower wattage to get the same amount of visible light which consequently leads to reduced energy consumption. 

               

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              2. COST-EFFECTIVE

              At first glance, switching to LEDs might not seem lucrative because they are much more expensive in comparison to conventional light bulbs( incandescent, fluorescent, and halogen lighting). However, due to their innumerable benefits, they have a financial advantage in the long run. They consume lesser energy that will result in lower energy costs. Additionally, they have a longer lifespan and lower maintenance costs. So, while the upfront cost might be a little higher, the payback time is worth it. To examine the cost comparison, we take an example of a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb replacement. We see the cost breakdown in a 20-year timeline show that LED bulbs are cost-effective in comparison to conventional light bulbs. 

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              3. LONGER LIFESPAN

              One of the biggest advantages of LED light bulbs is their long lifespan, an LED has an average life span of 50,000 hours whereas the run-of-the-mill incandescent bulb lasts roughly 1,000 hours and a fluorescent bulb gives us a bit more run-time at 8,000 hours, both of which have significantly lower lifespans. LEDs are more durable because they don’t make use of fragile glass bulbs or filament and are hence more resistant to impact and vibration. This longer lifetime comes with a host of hidden benefits. Over time, you won’t have to buy as many bulbs, you won’t have to waste time and resources replacing those bulbs, and finally, you’ll save a significant amount of money in this process

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              4. ECO-FRIENDLY OPTION

              LED lighting is a green technology that not only brings down energy bills but also promotes a sustainable future. LEDs consume up to 50% less power than CFLs and 80% lesser power than incandescent bulbs, this low energy consumption reduces the load on electric power plants, which in turn reduces the amount of fuel being burnt to generate electricity resulting in a reduced carbon footprint. Additionally, LEDs are mercury-free and devoid of any other hazardous materials which ensure a safer and cleaner environment. Furthermore, LEDs do not contribute to noise pollution; they are designed in such a way that they do not generate any vibrations or humming noise. Moreover, LEDs are highly directional and focused and therefore contribute towards reducing light pollution by reducing the unwanted scattered light in the environment. Hence, replacing conventional bulbs with LEDs will play a role in establishing an eco-friendly lighting system.  

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              5. LEDs ARE VERSATILE 

              LEDs are extremely flexible with a multitude of applications. There are LED fixtures for every environment, they come in different shapes, sizes, wattages, and uses. Ranging from households, streetlights, cars to warehouses and hazardous locations, an LED lighting solution is always available. Additionally, LED light bulbs can be made in a vast array of colors without the use of additional filters. They come with different CCT( CORRELATED COLOUR TEMPERATURE) options, allowing a range of colors from fixtures that emit a warm-toned yellowish light to cool-toned white light. They also provide a higher quality ambient lighting that gives a more polished and professional appearance. Furthermore, they can be easily integrated with intelligent controls to enable a smart lighting system. For instance, LEDs are widely used in smart street lighting projects, smart homes, and smart workplaces associated with human-centric lighting. In a nutshell, LEDs have a wide range of applications in various fields and verticals, indicating that they are the ideal solution for your lighting requirements. Switching to LEDs is hence the smarter choice.

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