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Lighting monitoring in modern Smart Cities

February 20, 2019

Lighting monitoring in modern Smart Cities

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Lighting monitoring, the intelligent network that illuminates us

What do “smart cities” have in common? Have you ever wondered? No? Well, now’s the time! Well, for now, as a basis, I’m sure they all have an urban development based on sustainability. That’s for sure. They, in their supreme intelligence, are capable of responding adequately to the most basic needs of the society in which they live. Your requirements and needs. From the inhabitants as a primary objective to institutions or companies. They also cover the economic, social, environmental sectors… in a communicative and technological way. That’s why today we’re going to talk about lighting monitoring in Smart Cities.

Lighting monitoring: the current situation

Today, especially in these places known as Smart Cities, there are already established models for the use and performance of public lighting systems. Contracts are established with energy service companies and investment is made in efficiency, and the largest and newest of technologies. This fact has been spreading and popularizing for a while. So the current scenario is quite concrete: public lighting systems everywhere, hyper-communicated and maximized by technology, digitization and the most modern advances. In short, large investments for the optimization of the public lighting of the city, all with the purpose of improving the services provided to the inhabitants.

Can we have the most outstanding information in an immediate and detailed way in order to be able to control not only it, but also the factors operating in lighting, to guarantee and ensure the total success of our investment in this public technological network and thus improve the quality of service? The short answer is: “Yes, we can”, the long one: “Yes, we can, obviously, making use of monitoring”.

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Lighting monitoring: the possibilities of monitoring

Nowadays, monitoring is useful to all kinds of sectors. It serves to be able to be aware of the state of a system; to be attentive to any change, no matter how small, to keep a close watch on the components that configure it and the data that it processes. Thanks to the monitoring you will always be informed and you will be able to act in consequence to any situation.

Lighting monitoring systems give us the option of closely monitoring and controlling the entire public lighting infrastructure. The possibilities are many, from warning possible deviations of consumption, other possible operative failures, to also being able to elaborate detailed parts of consumption or saving of energy to take full advantage at engineering level.

Once we have monitored the network we can opt for telemanagement in its different modalities. We will have access to a control panel, depending on contracted monitoring software, with which we will be able to pilot our ship and understand it in all its extension.

The range within the lighting technology that covers a city can be the most variable, so we would also need a flexible monitoring software, which adapts and allows us to cover and draw information of all kinds, the lights we have in the system: halide, sodium vapor, mercury vapor, LED lamps … There cannot be a thread left untied.

Within lighting monitoring there may be different ways of communicating the operating table and lighting points. Depending on the monitoring software used, there are those who do not need a particular server or infrastructure as such because the information is transmitted over the Internet.

Good lighting monitoring allows you to track consumption in real time, and as could not be otherwise, to program the switching on and off of all the public lighting.

You will be able to make your own analysis of periodic consumption, either by day, month or years. Be aware of economic and electrical variants. Check your own savings measures and compare them. Obtain information on electrical measurements. Creation of costs and tariffs. Prepare useful consumption simulations. To design the harmony of on-off network.

But what we won’t need to use our imagination for will be for things as practical as the geolocation of our assets or the positioning of the values with which we operate. So we can deal with the light inventory and the dashboard. To browse geographic location charts or the layout or status of it. You can see your equipment and its characteristics in it, you can also monitor maintenance, or check consumption reports.

By the way, speaking of the subject-matter, Pandora FMS, is a flexible monitoring system, capable of monitoring devices, infrastructures, applications, services and business processes.

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