WeLight Smart Lighting

Manage and regulate energy consumption to maximize the potential of lighting infrastructure

Context

Street lighting can be an ideal platform to support additional services due to its presence in remote areas, connectivity to the electricity grid, and proximity to people. Thanks to IoT technology, lighting can be equipped with intelligence and connectivity, converting each luminaire into a data server (data-enabled lighting). This converts the system into a service that goes beyond just lighting. Luminaries become nodes in the IoT ecosystem.

Solution

Wellness Techgroup’s WeLight Smart Lighting system was developed to improve the quality and efficiency of public lighting for enhanced service and a better user experience. Integrating new technologies in the public lighting infrastructure has the potential to generate savings, optimize processes, and facilitate improved decision making. It establishes a base for the implementation of a smart digital platform to manage other city services, a step towards becoming a Smart City.

WeLight monitors and controls the public lighting infrastructure, detecting irregularities in consumption or operational malfunctions, as well as compiling consumption and savings reports. The system helps managers to prepare inventories and carry out both preventative and corrective maintenance. This solution not only guarantees energy efficiency but is also key for public and traffic safety. Remotely managed lighting, along with the integration of devices like artificial vision cameras and influx or noise sensors, form a smart security system for public safety and security agencies. Likewise, remote management of luminaires with color variations can be used for adaptive decorative lighting and tourism during public events, seasons, etc.

Technology

Wellness TechGroup offers an end-to-end solution for optimal service, made up of IoT devices such as Unigate or Actis, as well as the complete WeLight software platform.

With these components, the solution allows for several distribution models: remote management at the top of the electrical panel (control panel and circuits) and point-to-point remote management, both of which are compatible with conventional lamps (halide, sodium vapor, mercury vapor, etc.) and LED. Or, through wireless LPWA communications (LoRaWAN, Sigfox, cellular) or PLC (Power Line Communications). In addition, system distribution is made easy and agile using a mobile application. WeLight uses multi-operator SIMs, ensuring high quality network connection and coverage. Security measures are implemented in both hardware and software (VPNs, SSL certificates, etc.) so that all information can be securely transferred online.

WeLight is a flexible modular solution with multiple configuration and distribution options using a software as a service (SaaS) or licensing model.

In short, WeLight Smart Lighting offers reliable alerts for critical real-time decision making, allowing cities to react quickly to irregularities.

Benefits

  • Improved Management:
    • Detects malfunctions in public lighting in real time, improving response time and service.
    • Reduces operating costs.
    • Controls and reduces energy consumption.
    • Lighting comfort.
  • Integration and Scalability:
    • Compatible with multiple technologies and manufacturers, such as LEDs and conventional lamps.
    • Customizable modular platform.
    • Compatible with existing information systems.
    • Compatible with point-to-point systems and cable anti-theft systems.
    • Adapts existing lighting infrastructure to the Smart City network.
    • Uses standard technologies like LoRaWAN.
  • Versatility:
    • Allows for changes in color profiles, intensity and temperature.
    • Adaptive lighting.
    • Ensures public safety by integrating with other smart elements and indicating evacuation routes.
    • Enhances both the resident and tourist experience.

Products

Case study

CLIENT CHALLENGE

The Valencian city of Gandía has a population of over 70,000 and is one the region’s main tourist destinations thanks to its privileged location between the sea and mountains. The main objective of this mid-sized city was to improve the quality of life of its citizens, and to increase the efficiency of its public lighting. Integrating new technology in the city’s lighting infrastructure not only lead to savings, but provided valuable information for decision-making and process optimization, laying the foundations for the implementation of a digital platform that could be used to manage other IoT services throughout the city.

The city government launched a project to renovate and optimize its municipal outdoor lighting network with the help of Alisea ESCO, which was chosen in a public tender. The 15-year contract will lead to significant savings in electricity costs thanks to LED technology from LEDUS and the implementation of WeLight Smart Lighting in the Wellness Telecom solution.

SOLUTION

The responsible partner company proposed a technological solution for Gandía adapted to the city’s needs and its consumption and emissions reductions criteria.

The first phase consisted of replacing sodium lamps with LED lighting. Network management and maintenance via 107 remote management centers using the WeLight Smart Lighting solution offers many advantages. This includes rigorous consumption control, responsiveness to possible irregularities in consumption or operations, remote on/off control, control of costs associated with consumption, and corrective and preventative maintenance and inventory tracking. Wellness TechGroup used Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology, as it is highly reliable in cases where the optimal management of public infrastructures is key, such as public lighting. Azure offers security and the accessibility of cloud-hosted data, while allowing for sizing and scalability in future projects.

RESULTS

  • Updated public lighting system.
  • More than 80% energy savings.
  • Improved basic lighting on public streets and buildings.
  • Total annual economic savings of 20%.
  • Real-time data for improved decision-making.
  • Improved management and spending of tax money.
  • Greater environmental awareness and reductions in CO2 emissions.
  • Gandía as a point of reference for future applications of IoT solutions.

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