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A pilot project lead by smart city living lab, Urbanova, is using Itron's OpenWay Riva solution to enable the intelligent management and control of streetlights.In a release, Itron said that the lab has reached a key milestone, installing sensors on and collecting data from 10 streetlights across the Washington’s University District.

As part of its Smart and Connected Streetlights Pilot, Urbanova's founding partner Avista will install an additional 29 LED fixtures with dimming capabilities in the fall.

The aim is to "define how to develop and design a living laboratory and harnessing data to gain insights, empower people and solve urban challenges in new ways."

Itron said: "With the goal of increasing energy efficiency and public safety, the pilot enables the intelligent management and control of the streetlights using [our] OpenWay Riva Internet of Things (IoT) solution."

Smart, connected sensor network

[quote] The release adds that the smart, connected sensor network provides the foundation for the streetlight pilot and future applications. The new generation streetlights not only save energy compared to predecessors, but they are also remotely controllable so that lighting conditions can be adjusted and optimized to improve public safety or urban ambiance.

The pilot also features a human-scale urban air quality R&D component, measuring the quality of the air and other environmental factors to assess air quality’s role in a healthy city. The streetlights are capturing other data, including ambient temperature, ambient light, peak noise level, motion detection and pole orientation.

The data will provide insights into energy savings and efficiency and will be used with advanced weather and air quality models to improve understanding of micro-climates in urban areas. It will also provide unique and valuable information about how forest fires – which are common in the region – affect air quality and pollution in urban environments.

Data governance

The Smart and Connected Streetlights Pilot is said to play a key role in helping Urbanova establish a data governance model and a shared platform architecture. The organization is discussing questions about data ownership, control and sharing. All six founding partners have access to the shared data that comes from the sensors to use for research, baseline data, visualization or business case development.

“Smart street lighting is a great entry point into creating a smart city. As a proving ground, Urbanova is taking it a step further by sharing data across partner organizations to see what’s possible and then sharing what we’ve learned with other cities. This open, collaborative environment is at the core of Itron’s vision for our OpenWay Riva IoT solution, which is the foundation for the Smart and Connected Streetlight Pilot and future pilots to come," said Sharelynn Moore, vice president of global marketing and public affairs at Itron.

 

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