City in India deploys smart streetlights under pilot


India’s urban infrastructure provider Jamshedpur Utilities and Services (JUSCO) has completed the installation of smart streetlights under a pilot in Jamshedpur.

JUSCO partnered with Tata Communications and Motwane in deploying the 300 smart streetlights.

Tata Communications provided its LoRAWAN-based IoT network to enable real-time and remote operation and management of the smart streetlights.

The smart streetlights system will enable JUSCO to switch the lights on/off or dimming them remotely from the central command centre. This will help reduce manpower and energy costs.

The pilot will help JUSCO to design a framework to use in converting existing 15,000 lights to modern models over the next five years.

Replacing existing streetlights with smart and energy efficient models is in line with efforts by the Indian government to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions.

Research & Markets forecast the smart street lighting market in India to grow at a CAGR of 42.2% during the period of 2016-2022.

Approximately 27.5 million are expected to be installed in India over the next two years.

Said Ashish Mathur, managing director, JUSCO: “We need a smart street lighting system that will help us save energy, reduce maintenance costs, get real time reports, full controllability over the light intensity and reduce CO2 emissions.

“IoT is probably the biggest game-changer we are experiencing in urban planning and management. Tata Communications’ IoT based smart streetlights solution meets all our needs. Not only does it help us reduce our carbon footprint, but it also sets significant cost savings of around INR 700 ($10.77) per light, per year, because of its extremely low power consumption.”

“This smart streetlight project is a great example of the real-world benefits that the IoT can deliver for cities and the environment,” said VS Shridhar, senior vice president and head – Internet of Things, Tata Communications. “We look forward to working with JUSCO and similar forward-looking organisations to bring together millions of connected devices and applications, and create an India-wide mesh of smart buildings, campuses, utility sites, fleet management systems, security and healthcare services – all powered by our public IoT network based on LoRaWAN technology.”