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Smart Lighting with IoT Integration Lowers O&M Costs on Pedestrian-Friendly Streets in Banff

Banff, AB, Canada

Government Champion

City IT Dept.

Cost

Initial:
10 Thousand USD

Project Status

In Progress/Under Construction since 2021

Keywords

Smart City
streetlights
IoT
smart lighting
future technology

Challenges Addressed

Civic Technology
Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety
Digital Government

Motivation

Smart city
Sustainable city

Funding / Financing

General Fund/Existing Public Funds

Project Type

Technology

At a Glance

Town of Banff is a tourist destination located in Jasper National Park Canada. They are looking for a future proof smart cities technology that can incorporate their current need of exterior smart lighting to aid pedestrian and vehicle traffic flows, and also be able to accommodate future IoT product integrations.

Problem Addressed

The Town of Banff was looking to upgrade their existing photocell streetlight sensors to a smart technology that would provide more comprehensive data and programming control. Their imperative was to manage streetlights on a high-traffic street in a tourist-heavy part of Town. They wanted to keep the flow of daytime traffic to accommodate both pedestrians and vehicles, and also restrict evening and weekend vehicle traffic to create a walking-friendly street for pedestrians.

This led Town officials to seek out a smart lighting control system that could help manage the streetlights and other exterior lighting to make the environment safe for visitors. Although their current need was for streetlights, local officials in Banff wanted to install a technology that would be able to accommodate future products, including street cameras to monitor busy pedestrian and tourist areas, free public WiFi and potential digital signage. Their priority was to find a solution that would be able to incorporate all IoT devices under one software platform.

Town of Banff used/is using Airbeam/MeshSmart City Connect 2.0. to address this/these challenge(s).

Solution(s) Used

The Town of Banff was introduced to a smart lighting control system, CityConnect 2.0 from MeshSmart to manage their current streetlights, offer a power management solution, the ability to lower operation and maintenance (O&M) cost and work with IoT devices. The Town is currently installing the system in the most pedestrian-trafficked streets to ensure the pilots will accommodate future IoT integrations, with the intention of eventually retrofitting the rest of the Town’s streetlights.

The sensors auto-adjust based on Banff’s time zone, automatically accommodating for dark winters and bright summers. Town officials also have the ability to schedule different types of lighting requirements (dim, on/off, adjustable levels of luminaire) for any given occasion, season or holiday. The system offers true utility grade power management reporting through the CityConnect platform – a comprehensive dashboard showing collected data, streetlight settings and defective alerts. This allows proactive maintenance and scheduling, while saving costs on truck rollouts and time for maintenance crews.

Additionally, the future-proof system enables the Town to add additional IoT devices under the current network application.

Outcomes

  1. Town officials have control over luminaire intensity to accommodate for heavy tourist seasons and times, e.g. ability to adjust from 80% on weekdays to 100% on weekends.
  2. Dashboard analytics provide preemptive maintenance on street poles, resulting in lower operation and maintenance costs and less reliance on residents to inform the Town of any outages.
  3. Future IoT integrations, including street cameras, free public WiFi and digital signage can be viewed remotely and managed on one platform.

Something Unique

The Airbeam/MeshSmart solution is a powerful tool to help Cities manage their exterior lighting, offer Utility Grade reporting, and most importantly help to future proof any cities requirements.

Who Should Consider?

Cities looking to increase their smart city capabilities and implement more integrated IoT projects in the future.