Smart street lighting and urban management project to be piloted in San Francisco by Paradox Engineering


Novazzano, Switzerland — (METERING.COM) — May 4, 2012 – Paradox Engineering is to launch a pilot project with its PE.AMI Lighting Management solution in the city of San Francisco.

The city is seeking to use street light poles to develop an integrated, expandable, wireless infrastructure for city monitoring and urban services control. About 22,000 street light poles currently exist in the city and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has already planned the upgrade of about 18,000 LED street lights, which can be leveraged as an opportunity to implement a remote monitoring solution.

Paradox Engineering’s solution will pilot a citywide scalable wireless network to control street lights, as well as monitor and control parking spaces and meter pricing, manage electric vehicle charging stations, pumps and seasonal lighting.

Features of the solution include flexibility and security. It is fully compliant to 6LoWPAN protocol and offers the opportunity to leverage PE.AMI as a multipurpose open standard platform, where future services can be developed without the need to build additional wireless networks. Another key benefit is the possibility to integrate nodes and other hardware components in the existing street lighting infrastructure, therefore preserving the urban landscape.

“The PE.AMI Lighting Management Solution offered a wireless communication system that appears to be truly multi-functional,” commented a city of San Francisco representative. “While meeting San Francisco’s immediate business need – the wireless control of street lights – the PE.AMI system also has the capability to integrate some of San Francisco’s other utility and urban service devices.”

In recognition of the solution Paradox Engineering was last night awarded the Living Labs Global Award 2012, the prestigious award for innovative smart city solutions promoted by the non-profit association Living Labs Global together with partner cities around the world including Barcelona, Cape Town, Hamburg, Lagos, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco and Santiago de Chile.

Paradox Engineering had been invited by Living Labs Global to candidate and submit its proposal to the city of San Francisco.