Arturo Rubio-Dobón is BEng in Industrial Electronics (EUTIZ University of Zaragoza, Spain), having finished his studies in Germany (Hochschule Bremen). He also holds a Master in Management Engineering (CPS University of Zaragoza, Spain). He has extensive experience as international sales manager in diverse industrial companies in Spain. Arturo joined ELT- Especialidades Luminotécnicas SAU, a spanish leading lighting control gear and systems manufacturer, in 2011 where he has developed his professional career in the international sales department. Since 2014 he is responsible for the Business Development of the company’s Smart Systems Division worldwide, focused on IoT based lighting applications.
Interoperation of Street Lighting CMS within IoT Urban Ecosystems
The interoperability of urban services is a key factor when addressing projects aimed at achieving more efficient, sustainable and citizen friendly urban management, commonly included in the framework of a Smart City. However, it is not always easy to integrate the various urban services harmoniously due to their heterogeneous structure and the absence of technological standards for the integration process. Likewise, in the demanding and dynamic environment of today’s urban societies, street lighting must be efficient, reliable, dynamic, autonomous so that can be adapted day by day to meet the changing needs of citizens.
These high performance capabilities can only be achieved using wireless point-to-point remote lighting management systems that can also allow the acquisition, parameterization, exchange and processing of data from each lighting fixture with those from other diverse infrastructure management systems such as e-government, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, urban mobility, emergency services, so that the system is able to calculate and propose different lighting scenarios in response to each specific need, at each specific time where it is necessary.
The advent of new sensor, communication and data processing technologies within the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, together with the widespread use of SSL based lighting fixtures powered by state-of-the-art microprocessor-based control converters, make such smart lighting systems, as previously described, possible. The choice of technology and the system’s architecture used is essential, not only to achieve the aforementioned purpose, but also for lighting infrastructures to be able to evolve and incorporate upcoming technologies and respond to new requirements that may arise in the future. Based on a pioneering project called SLUX (smart lighting for urban experience) performed by ELT’s STELARIA street lighting CMS in a Spanish town, we will describe how such adaptive smart lighting, capable of adapting autonomously to the changing urban environment through interoperation with other urban systems, could be done within an IoT ecosystem.