Uruguay to deploy LoRaWAN’s smart street lighting projects powered by Actility

Paris, France – National Narrowband Network Company (NNNCo), operator of the Australian national LoRaWAN network powered by Actility, has signed a contract with a European technology provider Wellness TechGroup, to provide IoT network coverage to 70,000 smart streetlights in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo.

The infrastructure will include a private LoRaWAN network based on Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise IoT platform, and managed on customer premises.

As explained in NNNCo’s press release, the project will cover 200 square kilometres and provide smart street lighting to more than 1.3 million people, improving community and road safety, and reducing carbon emissions by up to 80%. This initiative will also establish an infrastructure-based network that can accommodate other smart city initiatives.

Montevideo’s new public lighting system will be one of the largest smart street lighting projects over LoRaWAN to date. LoRaWAN technology was selected to ensure a low total cost of ownership, advanced technical attributes, high security, flexible network deployment models, optimisation of battery life and the ability to access a fast-growing ecosystem of other solutions.

The city will be able to benefit from LoRaWAN thanks to ThingPark Enterprise, which is specifically designed for enterprises and cities: it’s simple, scalable, and easy to operate, and offers a unique low-power IoT communication infrastructure to enable an infinite number of industrial and smart city use cases. ThingPark Enterprise comes preconfigured with a series of connectors to popular IoT cloud services including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and IBM Bluemix, and many more. 

NNNCo, Wellness TechGroup, Actility and their partners will replace Montevideo’s existing lighting system with LED technology and roll out a powerful and interoperable remote management system, which is designed to reduce carbon emissions by 31,500 tonnes of CO2 per year, a decrease of approximately 80%. The project will also improve the quality of public lighting services and provide greater efficiency and operations management to the whole city.

with LED technology using Wellness TechGroup’s CMS WeLight Manager software, LoRaWAN Actis Nema 7 LPC nodes and NNNCo’s LoRaWAN network. Smart Street lighting provides a unique opportunity to improve public and road safety, energy efficiency and customer amenity via network and application management software and the integration with other urban smart applications like waste management and water conservation.

Wellness TechGroup and NNNCo will be able to provide added services to the city of Montevideo as the contract signed includes the opportunity to bring third parties customers across the same gateways into the LoRaWAN network. The Australian network provider will be able to service customers across the whole city, using the NNNCo N2N-DL data aggregation layer and the NNNCo N-Tick device interoperability program.

Wellness TechGroup will roll out 70,000 Actis Plus Nema 7 LCP nodes for remote control of light points. The Actis Plus Nema 7 nodes will connect with WeLight Manager TALQ certified CMS, powerful and leading-edge software that will provide real-time information on all the data from the intelligent public lighting service. Luminaries effectively become a data-enabled lighting server, true central nodes and form part of a smart city IoT ecosystem, beyond lighting.

“Smart cities leverage connected lights to reduce their energy footprint and cut down on maintenance costs. LoRaWAN is bringing great value by its flexibility, efficiency and easy deployment. I congratulate our great partner NNNco for winning such an impressive IoT project and we are looking forward to bringing our best support to make it a full success” says Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility.

“This is a milestone contract in the establishment of NNNCo’s LoRaWAN network as one of the world’s leading networks for smart streetlight use cases and we hope to facilitate similar projects in Australia and in other countries in the near future,” explains Zagarella. This is a great example of Australian technology driving global Sustainable Development Goals” says Rob Zagarella, NNNCo CEO and co-founder.

“We have deployed more than 300 smart lighting projects worldwide, where we are already managing almost 1 million points of lights in municipalities remotely. Our technology must help reduce costs, improve efficiency and environmental impact and provide a better service, but it must also serve citizens by improving their day-to-day. Montevideo will now have a more versatile lighting system, capable of responding to events and unforeseen events, facilitating a feeling of more security on the streets” says David Garcia, Wellness TechGroup CEO.

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