Public WiFi and fewer traffic jams thanks to intelligent lighting systems
A pilot project with intelligent street lamps is currently underway in Wädenswil, Switzerland, the third largest municipality in the Canton of Zurich. The luminaires with integrated routers are multifunctional in design. On the one hand, they form the basis for public WiFi, but also provide sockets for charging electric cars. In a further pilot project, the Ruhr metropolis of Bochum is also relying on intelligent lighting poles to avoid traffic jams in the city center. The idea behind this is that more efficiency in the provision of parking spaces will save many unnecessary journeys. In this case, the smart solution consists of a light pole with a photo sensor at the upper end that looks at around 30 parking spaces on the roadside. The system detects whether the spaces are free or occupied and forwards the information to a parking guidance system.
Smart Lighting in Darmstadt
In Darmstadt, too, city planners are relying on traffic control with the help of smart luminaires. “When it comes to protecting the environment or improving traffic management in the city, intelligent street lamps can offer good applications,” says José David da Torre Suárez, Managing Director of Digitalstadt Darmstadt. The “Smart Lighthing” pilot project launched at the beginning of February 2019 shows what the integration of these systems could look like in practice. The sensory equipment of the installed luminaires measures the emissions of noise and carbon dioxide, the number of pedestrians, cyclists and passing vehicles. A radio module then sends the measurement data to the analysis platform of the cooperation partner ICE Gateway. The receiver of the processed data is the Traffic Control Department of the Road Traffic and Civil Engineering Office. It combines this information with the data from the existing environmental sensor network.