Smart street lighting comes to Montevideo – with a little help from the IoT

Smart street lighting comes to Montevideo – with a little help from the IoT

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. Actility describes itself as a world leader in low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things.

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. 

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%. 

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 software that will provide real-time information on all the data from the intelligent public lighting service.

This initiative will also establish an infrastructure-based network that can accommodate other smart city initiatives. In fact, smart street lighting, says Actility, 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.

Backing up this point is the news that 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.


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