By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk
Indian design house Ahoy Systems is using LoRa long range wireless technology from Semtech for smart street-lighting products.
“Our smart street lights are built to ensure city efficiency and sustainability, without compromising the safety of streets for pedestrians and drivers. Smart cities leverage our smart lights to reduce their energy footprint and cut down on maintenance costs,” said Neel Maharaj, CEO at Ahoy Systems. “Semtech’s LoRa Technology provides the ideal IoT platform for cities to drastically reduce their electricity costs without compromising infrastructure quality and community services.”
Ahoy Systems provides smart street lighting solutions for municipalities, network operators, LED companies, residential managers, and parking lots. The LoRa-enabled street lights offer lower electricity consumption that pays for itself in less than four years, important as electricity consumption by street lights constitutes a significant portion of an average city’s budget. Ahoy Systems smart street lighting is easily incorporated into preexisting LED streetlamp infrastructure to reduce the deployment cost. The smart streetlamps automatically dim according to programmable schedules, detect moonlight and dim accordingly, and can send automated messages to managers upon malfunction detection.
“With Semtech’s LoRa Technology and smart city IoT networking, Ahoy Systems can offer street light solutions that increase energy efficiency and reduce city operating costs. LoRa solutions are easy to implement into existing infrastructure and allow smart monitoring of the grid over a LoRaWAN network,” said Vivek Mohan, Director of IoT, Wireless and Sensing Products Group at Semtech. “With hundreds of global cities adopting LoRa Technology for smart city solutions, it’s clear the technology is the ideal IoT platform for smart cities to create a smarter planet while enhancing community services.”