New IoT concepts, LoRaWAN® communications and unprecedented integrations with Alba Iulia Smart City 2018 program
More than 30 companies and associations, coordinated by Orange Romania, have accepted the challenge to develop a new smart city standard in the historical city of Alba Iulia.
Alba Iulia, ROMANIA – The Romanian Ministry of Communications and the city of Alba Iulia have appointed Orange Romania to implement the most complex Smart City in Romania, defining new standards for this still developing concept. Smart cities in general target improved efficiency and reduced carbon footprint for the entire city, but also lifestyle improvements and daily synergies for individuals.
Smart Cities have evolved in the last years, from narrow targeted improvement projects to more integrated, city-wide interactions and synergies. Although simple in theory, integration of several city services involves multiple technologies, different companies and local authorities – and it has not been tried on this scale before. International companies like Microsoft and IBM have gathered with local tech startups and several IT clusters and associations to elaborate the necessary synergies for a project on this scale.
Some of the applications will improve utilities management and citizen civic involvement, others target citywide Internet access, people mobility and the improvement of the touristic output. Furthermore, all the beacons, sensors and controllers will communicate using state-of-the-art IoT communications that will be easy to access throughout the city and will probably also boost other tech business initiatives. Besides 4G and WiFi, LoRaWAN™ will be one of the new communications infrastructures installed in the city, allowing long range low power radio connectivity for any compatible IoT devices.
Flashnet® is going to provide LoRaWAN™ connectivity throughout Alba Iulia, as a base for several interconnected sensors and controllers, included the new inteliLIGHT® LoRaWAN compatible controllers. inteliLIGHT® is a proven streetlight management system that will also be a part of the Alba Iulia Smart City project, bringing an awareness and intelligence layer to the existing street lighting installations.
‘We are very proud to have been chosen by Orange Romania to install LoRaWAN® infrastructure in Alba Iulia, giving access to the benefits of this modern communication infrastructure. It is now faster and cheaper than ever to build, install and operate IoT devices and we are committed to making this technology accessible to anyone who wants to build and integrate smart applications.’ Said mr. Lorand Mozes, CEO of Flashnet®.
About the city of Alba Iulia
Alba Iulia is a city located on the Mureş River in Alba County, Transylvania, Central Romania, with a population of 63,536 as of 2011. Since the High Middle Ages, the city has been the seat of Transylvania’s Roman Catholic diocese and it is one of the most important Romanian historical sites, hosting a large and very well preserved medieval citadel.
About Orange Romania
Orange Romania is Romania’s largest GSM network operator, fully owned by the France Telecom Group. Since June 2006, France Telecom Group has been extending the Orange brand beyond mobile, fixed line, internet and TV offers. Orange also serves all size businesses and provides total business communications in 220 countries and territories. Orange customers have access to an exciting new generation of services that are designed to make life easier, as well as a cohesive customer experience from a singe, unified operator. Orange Romania’s Web address is www.orange.ro.
LoRaWAN™ is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery operated Things in a regional, national or global network. LoRaWAN targets key requirements of Internet of Things such as secure bi-directional communication, mobility and localization services. The LoRaWAN specification provides seamless interoperability among smart Things without the need of complex local installations and gives back the freedom to the user, developer, businesses enabling the roll out of Internet of Things. www.lora-alliance.ro
FLASHNET is a fast paced tech company that integrates the latest IT, energy and telecommunications technologies into hardware and software solutions, creating and implementing intelligent systems for smarter cities and better infrastructure. Founded in 2005, FLASHNET is a leader in intelligent utility management systems, with worldwide operations. www.flashnet.ro