On the Way to a Smart City: Linz Pilots Smart Lighting and Environmental Sensors
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LINZ, Austria – April 27, 2017 - Linz, the capital of Upper Austria, takes another important step on the road to become a "Smart City". Together with Cisco, Linz plans new pilot projects for Smart City applications, as defined by the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed today by Linz Mayor Klaus Luger and Michael Ganser, senior vice president for Cisco in Central Europe. The MoU foresees the introduction of smart control for city lighting as well as the use of sensors to collect and analyse environmental data.
Klaus Luger, mayor of the City of Linz: "The pilot projects are a further building block of 'Innovation Roadmap Linz'. Our goal is to position Linz as an innovation hub in Austria and to sustain the high standard of living for future generations."
"Cities all over the world want to become more efficient and more citizen-friendly. Digitization can help them master their many challenges. We are very pleased to support Linz on its way to become a Smart City," said Michael Ganser.
Karl Rossegger, project leader for LINZ AG: “As provider of telecommunications services, LINZ AG has a long-standing partnership with Cisco. Our partnership will greatly support the integration of services for the current projects. Once again, LINZ AG is showcasing its innovation and its ability to serve its customers in the best way.”
"Through the pilot projects, the City of Linz can test possible solution scenarios. At the same time, we will be able to show the many advantages of digital networks, for today and for the future," adds Achim Kaspar, general manager of Cisco Austria.
Street lanterns form the nervous system of the city
Smart, connected road lighting opens up new possibilities that go far beyond the mere function of lighting. With the help of motion sensors, light becomes more intense as pedestrians, cyclists or cars approach. Also, sensors shall help automatically adapt lighting to weather conditions.
In addition, environmental sensors can measure temperature, humidity, pollution, noise and much more. They continually supply data to a control center where the data is processed to provide immediate insight and long-term analysis.
Highly secure network infrastructure and integrated solutions
"At the heart of every Smart City, there is a high-availability network. It enables real-time data analytics, which in turn triggers automated actions and rapid decisions. As a result, urban infrastructures can become more secure and more efficient, "said Michael Ganser.
A highly secure network infrastructure will connect all sensors and systems. "Data is already encrypted in the sensor. It is a completely self-sufficient system that decides for itself and even reports when it needs maintenance, "explains Achim Kaspar. Data is processed by analytics tools and is made available on the “City Digital Platform”. This is a centralized management platform developed by Cisco, that brings together various city management solutions on a single foundational network infrastructure.
Linz on the way to become a Smart City
For the planning and realization of the two pilots, Cisco is partnering with Linz AG. The two companies already worked together in the past, among others on the introduction of the "intelligent tram". This was a pioneering project in the optimization of local public transport and is considered a best practice example globally.
The implementation of smart, connected lighting and environmental sensors is planned for this year. For this purpose, a road track will be selected in Linz, with high traffic density and pedestrian frequency.
"We will evaluate the two pilots together with our partners. Based on these insights, we will decide about a further roll-out of these solutions in Linz, "said Mayor Klaus Luger.
Cooperation of City of Linz with technology companies
The pilot projects will be realized through a cooperation of several companies. Partner companies will work based on a co-funding model, which also includes in-kind services: Cisco (management platform), Tvilight (lighting control), Leapcraft (environmental sensor systems), Zumtobel (tailor-made LED lights) and Kapsch Carrier Com (Integration).
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