IoTerop and Urban Control win Bearing Point’s IoT Business Hub award for their combined efforts in IoT smart lighting sustainability
Paris, France – 9 November, 2022 – IoTerop, a leading IoT device management software provider and Urban Control, an innovative provider of intelligent asset infrastructure solutions for smart cities, won first place in the IoT Business Hub 2022 awards presented by Bearing Point in the category of smart lighting. This year’s IoT Business Hub awards were focused on IoT projects that have demonstrated measurable sustainability efforts.
Urban Control created the Cellular Node IoT luminaire controller, which enables any ordinary streetlight to become a “smart” IoT device. The controller provides several environmental benefits, including the ability to precisely control brightness, react to local weather, pedestrian, and road traffic conditions, monitor energy consumption in real time, and identify and predict maintenance needs.
IoTerop CEO Hatem Oueslati explains more about the project
Urban Control engaged IoTerop to assist with the management of these IoT devices, which resulted in a 20% to 30% reduction of engineering time. Urban Control was therefore able to offer its smart-street-light-enabling devices to the market 3.5 to 5 months faster, allowing cities to control the lighting environment, save energy, and provide a better quality of life for its citizens sooner. For many cities, this can equate to 75% of energy savings, or hundreds of thousands of euros of savings per year. This is significant, as street lighting can be up to 40% of total energy consumption for cities.
A Wholistic View of Sustainability
Instead of inventing a new smart streetlight to replace existing functional streetlights that simply have no IoT functionality, Urban Control focused on creating a device that would enable existing “dumb” streetlight structures to become “smart” when the device is attached to any streetlighting fixture’s standard socket. This means:
- Cities can leverage existing infrastructure
The “plug and play” ability partly enabled by IoTerop’s ALASKA device management platform allows existing streetlight fixtures to be controlled and monitored remotely, meaning that functional streetlights do not need to be trashed until their true end of life. Cities can begin conserving energy immediately after the device is installed.
- Smart streetlighting is accessible to all cities – not just the large and wealthy
Becoming a smart city is often unrealistic for towns or smaller cities due to resource and geographical constraints. Urban Control’s Node 324 is one of the first products on the market that is aimed at enabling cities of any size to have more control over their lighting usage.
- Reduces waste and pollution
IoTerop's ALASKA IoT device management platform enables each device to be provisioned, secured, and managed throughout its entire lifecycle, meaning that the controller will not necessarily need to be thrown away if it is not functional or if a security breach is detected. Its overall configuration would simply need to be changed, which can be done remotely.
- Based on open standards for a long-term investment
LwM2M uses two of the most common smart city IoT standards: uCIFI and TALQ, meaning that Urban Control’s devices leverage global, smart city standards. These standards support interoperability, which is paramount for smart cities since they connect and manage multiple types of IoT devices that need to speak the same language.
About Urban Control
Urban Control provides solutions to make infrastructure assets intelligent. That means streetlights that sense their environment and adapt to citizen's needs, rail stations that guide people safely to their destination, and sensors that monitor the safety and condition of highway assets. Urban control does all this with a portfolio of solutions built on proven future-proofed technologies. The company is part of DW Windsor, a leading British lighting manufacturer and innovator that was recently acquired by Luceco PLC.
BearingPoint is an independent management and technology consultancy with European roots and a global reach. The company operates in three business units: The first unit covers the advisory business with a clear focus on five key areas to drive growth across all regions. The second unit provides IP-driven managed services beyond SaaS and offers business critical services to its clients supporting their business success. The third unit provides the software for successful digital transformation and regulatory requirements. It is also designed to explore innovative business models with clients and partners by driving the financing and development of start-ups and leveraging ecosystems.
BearingPoint’s clients include many of the world’s leading companies and organizations. The firm has a global consulting network with more than 10,000 people and supports clients in over 75 countries, engaging with them to achieve measurable and sustainable success.
BearingPoint supports business development in Africa through its dedicated Africa & International Development team, which serves clients from the firm's French and Moroccan offices.
IoTerop is an award-winning software company dedicated to helping organizations build efficient IoT solutions. Its embedded technology allows customers to put their smart streetlights, smart meters, asset tracking, and industrial safety and security devices online quickly, without hiring a team of developers. IoTerop’s cloud-based device management platform allows customers to control all of their IoT devices at once, and offers state-of-the-art security and firmware updates.