Hundreds of visitors were interested in the detailed functionalities and commercial availability of our inteliLIGHT LoRa™ controller in Frankfurt’s light+building fair last week
Thank you for visiting us in Frankfurt and for sharing your vision and curiosities, we were extremely glad to make your acquaintance and to live demonstrate our solutions. Together with our already established PLC streetlight control solutions, we have displayed and demonstrated in Frankfurt the new inteliLIGHT LoRa™ controller and an absolute novelty: the embedded LoRa™ module for outdoor luminaire manufacturers.
We have noticed an obviously increased interest for streetlight control, but our LoRa™ long range RF solution attracted more attention comparing to the already proven, more rigid PLC. The fact that it allows the control of up to 5000 streetlights in a 3-10 km radius with only one base station was indeed considered impressive, probably being the fastest and most cost-efficient connected street lighting deployment available yet.
Designed to minimize occupied space, the new inteliLIGHT® LoRa™ FRE-220-M long range RF controller can be embedded into most luminaire designs, allowing any producer to offer LoRaWAN™ ready smart lighting fixtures.
With streetlight control implementations in cities all over Europe, the streetlamp manufacturers also encounter a new challenge: control-ready lamps. When selling streetlamps to a municipality that already implemented a certain control system, the proposed fixtures need to be able to adjust to the existing infrastructure. The controllers can be installed as a hardware upgrade for every lamp, but this may be expensive, time consuming and almost impossible for architectural lighting. This is why many manufacturers are looking for the possibility to embed one or more open protocol control systems into their luminaries, thus being able to offer LoRaWAN-ready or Sigfox-ready luminaries if requested by the customer.
Also, even the most important lamp manufacturers are looking into open communication solutions. Closed control systems limit the municipality in upgrade and grid operation, which does not seem like an option for more than just a few. Cities prefer open and easy to integrate communication protocols, in order to build their smart city vision over the existing infrastructure, rather than deploying numerous parallel networks.