Baltic Sea marina uses LoRaWAN to benefit from smart street lighting

Baltic sea marina uses smart street lighting via NAS LoRaWAN

Haven Kakumäe, a yacht harbour located in the Western coast of Kopli Gulf in the Baltic Sea region, has used smart lighting through a LoRaWAN network in a bid to gain better control around energy usage and cost efficiency.

The project management team behind the Haven Kakumäe marina in the Estonian capital of Tallinn has been keen to use new technologies and to ensure the sustainable use of resources.

Their use of LoRa technology began in March 2017, and today, all of the port’s luminaires and over 500 metres of the harbour’s breakwater lighting can be controlled remotely through a LoRaWAN network. This uses Luminaire controllers manufactured by industrial automation development company Nordic Automation Systems (NAS), installed on 45 outdoor lamps.

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Reducing energy consumption

By using these controllers, NAS executives claim, the company can reduce energy consumption by turning the lights on and off at optimal times. The street lights can be set to go on at specific dates and times, for example, and the technology can monitor light intensity, so that unnecessary lighting is avoided and that lights can be dimmed where appropriate.

The controllers are connected to the LoRaWAN Gateway via radio frequency, and the network server transfers data to the gateway through ethernet, 3G or 4G. The IoT hub platform interprets encrypted data from the end nodes of the LoRAWAN back end. Haven Kakumäe then has the option to connect with external applications via APIs to use the data in third-party systems.

Haven Kakumäe has also installed more than 100 dock electrical and water distribution pedals, which are equipped with the NAS-developed LoRAWAN electricity meter which provides 24-hour access to electricity usage. The marina’s access control systems will also be controlled through the LoRAWAN network so that it can alert management of any possible unauthorized activity.

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Illuminating uses of connected tech

Smart lighting has been a huge growth area, but it has mainly been used in cities. Last year, Cardiff Council said it was nearing completion of its deployment of a connected lighting system using LED streetlights technology from Philips Lighting. The council claimed that the lighting system will save it over £750,000 a year and reduce energy use for public lighting by 60 percent.

The concept isn’t new; back in 2015, the UK county of Gloucestershire said it would deploy 55,000 LED streetlights to cover 1,000 square miles of the area. They would be wirelessly connected and managed via Telensa’s PLANet Central Management System.

According to Harshvardhan Chitale, vice chairman and managing director of Philips Lighting India, a division of Dutch consumer electronics company Philips, IoT-driven smart lights will “be the default” in the next five to 10 years.

“Today, when we think of buying a phone, we don’t think of a landline phone. By default, we think of a mobile or a smartphone. We anticipate that over the next five to 10 years – closer to five years – potentially, when people think of upgrading their existing lights or installing new ones, they would install lights or lighting systems which are smart,” Chitale recently told India’s largest independent news service IANS.

NAS claims that Haven Kakumäe’s use of street lights is the first for a marina in Northern Europe.

Read more: Smart streetlights may mean big savings in Cardiff

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Actility launches LoRaWAN networks in Saudi Arabia and Tunisia

Actility has partnered with a number of companies to launch IoT networks in Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.

The IoT and M2M specialist has teamed up with Machinestalk in Saudi Arabia to deploy a large-scale LoRaWAN network. Machinestalk is planning to use the LoRaWAN infrastructure to facilitate the implementation of IoT solutions in industry sectors including oil and gas, smart city solutions, M2M, and industrial applications. For the oil and gas industry, the network will support services including smart metering, to improve the end-to-end supply chain.

From the smart city perspective, Machinestalk will deploy services including a smart lighting solution, environmental monitoring, smart parking systems and waste management solutions resulting in greener, more efficient and connected cities in Saudi Arabia and the MENA region.

Machinestalk managing director Nawaaf Alshalani said implementing LoRaWAN network and LPWAN technologies will give an added value to the region and enable the grow of the IoT market in the Kenvenvingdom in line with its ‘2030 Vision‘.

“Our studies and research indicate that 11 per cent of IoT connections will use LPWAN technologies that serve applications and solutions that require low-cost, multi-year battery operation, long-range connectivity, and geolocation,” he said.

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LoRaWAN in Tunisia

Actility has also worked with Get Wireless to develop a large-scale IoT communication network in Tunisia, based on LoRaWAN technology and powered by the ThingPark platform.

Get Wireless is expecting to see its customers deploying IoT solutions in smart grid, for metering and managing energy demand and distribution capacity, in waste management, where the location capabilities of networks powered by the ThingPark platform will enable management and optimisation of waste collection routes in real time, and in e-health.

“With the Tunisian IoT market now opened up for development by Mincom, the way is clear for our customers to begin to deploy services, which they want to do as swiftly and efficiently as possible to take advantage of this new market,” said Malek Ben Jalel, VP Presales of Get Wireless.

“We believe that Actility’s platform will allow us to quickly install and easily maintain a best in class product for our customers. Actility has the experience gained as a founding member of the LoRa Alliance and a veteran of many large-scale network rollouts worldwide, which gives us confidence in its ability to deliver the best solutions, and the value of its shared insight into successful business strategies for the IoT.”

Actility CEO Mike Mulica said that the region is “gearing up to provide smart services founded on the intelligence offered by the IoT powered by our ThingPark platform. The ability of the IoT to improve the quality of life for everyone is widely recognised throughout Africa, and the region is fast becoming one of the leading engines for IoT adoption and growth worldwide.”

Read more: Actility and Inmarsat deliver global LoRaWAN network

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