Outdoor LED lighting provides an easy, cost effective way for cities to begin their Smart City journey by providing the ability to add intelligent controls and sensors. Roadway and street lights are the ideal starting point in creating a Smart City infrastructure
Street & Highway Lighting
Street light management needs to be an integral part of a Smart City strategy, as they are typically one of the largest consumers of energy and represent on average one-third to one-half of a city or town’s energy costs. In recent years, many cities, towns and municipalities have migrated to LED or Solar-based LED lights, and have enjoyed significant energy savings; however, there is much more savings to be achieved through the implementation of intelligent wireless controllers.
Lighting on college and business campuses, and in parks is critical to public safety; however, it represents a significant cost for organizations to operate and maintain. CIMCON’s wireless lighting controllers together with its web-based LightingGale™ management software allows organizations to easily control lighting campus-wide.
In large industrial, manufacturing and warehouse operations, employee safety is paramount; however, there are often times or locations in a facility that do not require 100% lighting. CIMCON’s intelligent wireless controllers with advanced Dimming capabilities allow facilities managers to easily group, schedule and dim or turn lights On/Off based on the lighting needs in an area.
Parking Lot & Parking Garage Lighting
Parking Garages are unique in that they require 24/7 lighting to maintain visitor safety, even during late night hours when there is little or no traffic. This represents a significant cost to operators. Using CIMCON’s wireless controllers with advanced Dimming capabilities and Motion Sensors, parking garage operators have the opportunity to dim lights during late night hours to reduce energy costs; however, with the inclusion of Motion Sensors, they have the ability to immediately turn lights back to 100% when a car or individual is in the area, thus ensuring employee and public safety.
Smart Lighting for Auto Dealerships
Providing optimal lighting to showcase available inventory and maintain customer safety and security is paramount to all auto dealerships; however, keeping lights on at full brightness during late night hours is inefficient, environmentally unsound and very costly. As lighting represents at least one-third of most auto dealerships energy budgets the need for an easy, cost effective way to make lighting "smart" is real.
California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6) require that outdoor lighting sources reduce their energy consumption in order to lower costs, lessen the negative impact on the environment and help protect the stability of the state’s electrical infrastructure.
"Blue Light" Emergency Mobile Application
CIMCON’s Blue Light Emergency Mobile App replaces out dated and often non-functioning blue light emergency kiosks with a campus-wide, robust smartphone app that provides greater student access, immediate emergency location information, and comprehensive reports showing areas of possible security concern. It replaces an expensive physical station with an easy-to-use application designed to improve campus safety by letting students connect with security personnel at the touch of a button on their iPhone® or Android™ devices. When a student, faculty or staff member activates the app, nearby street lights equipped with CIMCON’s intelligent street light controls will come up to full brightness if dimmed and then blink rapidly. An audio alert and GPS route information to the student will also appear on campus security mobile phones. When campus security staff acknowledges receipt of a student’s request, a notification is sent back to the student letting them know that help is on its way.
First Responder Mobile Application
When responding to a nighttime roadside emergency, First Responders require as much street and roadway illumination as possible to efficiently perform their tasks and provide safe passage for others in the area. Concurrently, cities and towns are under budget constraints and need to reduce street light energy costs. Thus lights may be dimmed in the area of the emergency and will need to be brought to full illumination immediately. Cities are also oversizing their lights so that they run cooler, last longer and still leave enough “headroom” to compensate for lumen depreciation over the lifetime of the fixture. In many cases, Cities are dimming their street and roadway lighting 20% “out-of-the-box”. In the case of a roadway emergency, lights in the vicinity will need to be immediately brought to full brightness. CIMCON's "First Responder" Mobile Application solves this dilemma at the touch of a button.
Park Safety Mobile Application
Parks in certain parts of the city can get lonely during night hours and can cause safety concerns for people visiting the park or in transit to their destination. Park safety is therefore a critical concern for city officials who have to balance the costs associated with keeping the lights fully on all night and the safety of the park. CIMCON's "Park Safety" Mobile Application helps cities achieve the right balance between cost and safety. It allows cities to dim their lights and thereby save on energy costs during hours with few visitors but provides visitors with the ability to command lights within a 100-meter radius of their GPS location to start blinking and come to full brightness if dimmed.