Bloemfontein, South Africa Embarks on Smart City Initiative Powered by Echelon and MAT Co., Ltd. to Significantly Reduce Energy Consumption
Bloemfontein is the seat for the
Bloemfontein city managers recognized the importance of deploying a flexible infrastructure that would allow them to adapt to the specific needs of the city at any given time. With many residents and visitors relying on the city’s outdoor lighting, Bloemfontein embarked on a smart city initiative to install 18,000 luminaires to upgrade its streetlight infrastructure over the next three years. In the first phase completed earlier this year, 3,000 luminaries were installed. Once the installation is fully operable, the new lighting system is projected to provide a return on investment in as little as five years.
“Bloemfontein is home to many students, tourists, athletes and healthcare and business professionals who require the safety and reliability of state-of-the-art street lighting,” said
Overseas Sales Manager,
The new smart streetlight system is powered by MAT’s Luxmatic with its Smart Energy Management System (SEMS) and Echelon’s SmartServer. Luxmatic is a smart street lighting control system that lets engineers easily control brightness, measure energy consumption and monitor the status of each individual lamp in real-time. The SmartServer is a versatile controller and router that connects control devices to IP-based applications such as building automation, enterprise energy management, demand response programs, and high-value remote asset management programs. Additional products included in the system are MAT’s CDM light, electronic ballast and luminaire controller, as well as Echelon’s PL 3120 chip and CRD 3000 control router.
“Innovations in technology have evolved outdoor lighting systems from
providing a basic function to a means for reducing energy consumption,
improving safety and serving as the catalyst for adopting a range of
Rick Schuett, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Echelon. “Bloemfontein city managers will recognize the long-term benefits of an intelligent, adaptive solution that can serve as the foundation for a smart city on which they can continue to build for years to come.”
Bloemfontein officials quickly recognized the smart lighting system’s rewards, however, they also look forward to the long-term benefits due to the system’s inherent flexibility, controllability and high levels of efficiency that enable rapidly evolving innovations in intelligent outdoor lighting.
About the City of Bloemfontein,
Bloemfontein is the capital city of the province of Free State of South
Africa and, as the judicial capital of the nation, one of
MAT CO., LTD., provides the most suitable and optimized sub metering systems and lighting control systems with effective energy saving solutions for residential and industrial-based customers. The solution is built on its communication embedded system and software developed during the company’s 24-year experience as an IoT Solution Provider.
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