FAQ

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The answers below are the most commonly asked questions by our clients and potential clients.  If you cannot find the correct answers to your questions, please contact us directly.

  • Can I manage other services other than the street lighting through Intelligent Lighting?

Intelligent Lighting controllers can be used to monitor and manage other applications along the street lighting grid, such as sprinklers or access barriers that require remote on/off switching. Also, with the street lighting networks controlled by Intelligent Lighting being continuously powered, they allow the use of sensors and add-ons even during the day. Advertising back-lit panels on the poles, Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure all over the city or wireless communication devices are only a few ideas that can bring additional income to your community.

  • What king of application and sensors can be added to Intelligent Lighting?

Due to the lamp-level control, the street light networks managed by Intelligent Lighting are continuously powered. Therefore, there is a large array of sensors and applications that can be mounted on the lighting network. Security cameras, communication antennas, pollution sensors, noise detectors or traffic density sensors are just a few examples, we can adjust the system to suit your particular needs.

  • Which are recurring maintenance costs?

Besides the usual maintenance tasks of your street lighting network (that you will accurately foresee and efficiently solve once you implement our street lighting management system), Intelligent Lighting components also have a limited life expectancy, so you will probably need some hardware replacements after years of functioning (controllers, sensors or communication devices). The good news is that these replacements’ costs would have been already covered from the system’s cost savings, so they will not represent a burden on your city budget.

  • How much does it cost to implement Intelligent Lighting?

Every city is unique and, due to Intelligent Lighting’s complexity and adaptability, it is difficult to estimate a deployment cost without detailed information regarding your project in particular. The quickest way to find out the estimated implementation costs is to fill in this form, and we’ll get back to you with all the needed details.

  • How long does it take until actual energy savings are noticeable?

After installing the first Remote Terminal Unit (operating maximum 250 street lighting fixtures), you can start using the system and benefit from the savings immediately. Energy costs are immediately reduced by up to 35% for the afferent lights through intelligent on/off switching, targeted progressive dimming and overall efficient management of the consumption.

  • How much time does it take to implement a pilot project?

The actual pilot implementation can take 4-8 weeks, depending on the local deployment conditions. But you need to take into consideration that we can deploy a pilot project only after the technical and compatibility assessment process and Intelligent Lighting business proposal (technical solution, budget and deployment timeline) are finished and approved. Please follow these “Project Steps” to expedite the deployment process.

  • Can we implement a pilot project?

Once we agree upon all the data regarding the project and prepare the technical and financial proposal, you can choose from an advanced functionality demonstration or a pilot project deployment. For the pilot project, we implement the planned adaptations to the technical and software solutions and we deploy the pilot project together with our local implementation partner, so you can validate the system and its outcomes by yourself.

  • What kind of civil works are required when implementing Intelligent Lighting?

There are no civil works needed for Intelligent Lighting. We use your existing lighting grid for communications and energy supply, we adapt to any IP-based communication solution available in the area and we install our controllers and communication devices on the existing infrastructure of lighting fixtures and distribution cabinets.

  • How do the lamp controllers communicate with the equipment in the distribution cabinets and the mainframe?

Intelligent Lighting controllers are mounted inside or outside the street lighting fixtures, while the communication devices are placed inside the power supply cabinets. Intelligent Lighting communicates using PLC (Power Line Communication) or RF communication between the lamps and the power supply cabinets and using any IP-based communication solution available between the cabinets and the management software. The built-in advanced signal repeating mechanisms make it possible to communicate securely even over the largest street lighting networks.

  • Do I need to replace any of the street lamps or their components in order to implement the Intelligent Lighting system?

You don’t have to change any components in order to successfully implement Intelligent Lighting. The system is able to manage and monitor any luminary in street lighting installations, even decorative and architectural lighting. Our controllers successfully manage all LED and high intensity discharge lamps available on the market (HID – mercury vapor lamps, metal halide lamps and sodium lamps), using either magnetic or electronic ballasts. Our solution can be therefore easily embedded and adapts immediately to your existing infrastructure of cables, poles, ballasts and light bulbs.

  • Do I need to implement the whole Intelligent Lighting system at once all around the city?

We can start setting up Intelligent Lighting anywhere in the city, and continue as your priorities dictate. It’s not necessary to install the whole city at once, nor to have any continuity between the managed street lighting segments. The system will function immediately after installing the first Remote Terminal Unit and the assigned controllers, and we can plan the installation schedule according to your priorities and budget availability.

  • How detailed is the management capability of the Intelligent Lighting system?

Intelligent Lighting is a remote street lighting management solution that offers you detailed, lamp-level management capabilities of every street light in your city and ensures that the right amount of light is provided where and when needed. Equally important, in-depth grid management gives an accurate real-time feedback of any change occurring along the grid, reduces energy loss and offers advanced maintenance optimization tools. Using the existing infrastructure, you can have live detailed information over the grid and transform the existing distribution level network into an intelligent infrastructure for the future.

  • What is the maximum number of lamps that you can manage through Intelligent Lighting?

Intelligent Lighting is prepared to manage a virtually unlimited number of lamps or other devices along the street lighting grid. Due to our advanced communication solution and repeating mechanisms, we can operate the system in practically any environment, regardless of the lighting infrastructure’s dimensions. Also, the Intelligent Lighting StreetLight Control Enterprise version of our software can efficiently manage any large agglomeration or metropolis, being more adaptable and scale-able than ever.

  • What are the main benefits of the Intelligent Lighting system?

Intelligent Lighting requires a lower investment than you would expect, as it adapts to your existing city lighting infrastructure. It can be implemented without any fixture components replacements and without any civil works. It uses an array of sensors and add-ons to suit your particular needs, thus proving high flexibility. Also, by using open protocols, it is adaptable to third-party components and integrates with other present and future city systems. Our Intelligent Lighting StreetLight Control software suite will enable you to remotely monitor and manage the entire street lighting system, from your desk or, by using our mobile app remotely. Also, Intelligent Lighting allows adding various smart services that will bring additional income to the community or cut down even more your street lighting energy costs (Electric Vehicle Charging stations or even Near Zero Energy Saving Platform).

  • Why choose to implement a remote streetlight management system like Intelligent Lighting?

Energy costs are reduced by up to 35% through smart dimming scheduling, while overall operational costs come down by up to 42%. Also, by reducing energy waste, you significantly reduce the Co2 print of your city. You can monitor all the street lighting grid and be informed in real time of any malfunctions or power losses. You will be able to anticipate and plan maintenance routes automatically. Furthermore, Intelligent Lighting add-on services such as advertising back-lit panels or Electric Vehicle Charging can bring additional income to your community.

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