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Case Study: Smart lighting in urban canyons

Wi-SUN and the City of London partner on an illuminating project.

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By Phil Beecher, president & CEO of Wi-SUN Alliance

The one-square mile of the City of London might have been founded by Romans in the first century, but don’t be confused. This historical heart of England and the UK’s capital has put in place a smart lighting initiative that keeps the city vibrant and safe.

When Americans hear the term “the City of London” they immediately think of the largest city of England and the United Kingdom. Truth be told, the City of London is the oldest settlement in London and is a tiny, but important, part of the larger metropolis of London. Affectionately known as “the Square Mile” because it occupies just over that amount of space, or “the City”, the City of London is the historical heart of the capital and houses England’s financial district and commerce center. It also is known for its architecture, which combines old and new, as well as its medieval street pattern, full of narrow alleyways and streets.

The City of London is home to only 9,400 permanent residents, though on a busy day, nearly half a million people commute in either to work or to visit famous landmarks and tourist destinations such as the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

What makes the City of London so special is also what makes it challenging from a technology standpoint. Narrow alleys and old streets flanked by ancient and modern buildings create urban canyons that make communications connectivity a challenge. The City of London calls these “conflict areas” and uses street lighting to create a safe and thriving environment for residents and visitors alike.

With a desire to reduce costs and improve reliability and public safety, the City of London initiated a street-lighting initiative, which has evolved into a smart city that can compete with others around the world. Much of the City’s street light inventory was more than 30 years old and was no longer supported by UK Power Networks (UKPN) nor able to achieve the safety and vibrancy goals the City of London wanted to create.

Over the course of three years, starting in 2018, the City of London was able to create a flexible, interoperable communications infrastructure that allows for smart lighting. Working with the Wi-SUN Alliance, the City of London implemented a network that could, over time, also accommodate other smart-city devices, which could help the City reduce pollution and energy consumption, as well as manage its traffic and transport systems.

An ambitious project

As the City of London initiated its smart-lighting program, it became clear that its unique architecture and street layout created issues that needed to be overcome.


As Giles Radford, highways manager for the City of London says, “it felt like an ambitious project—with the architectural and structural challenges that the City presents, while putting in place a network that would meet our needs for lighting management and control, for example changing lighting levels when we needed and providing fault reporting.”

In addition to the functional element of lighting streets, road signs, bridges and tunnels, and floodlighting, there was an aesthetic element to the project: lighting the City’s iconic landmarks, fountains, trees and even providing seasonal festive lighting, all while being environmentally conscious. A Central Management System (CMS) and LEDs would be necessary to achieve this goal using tunable digital-lighting settings that are not easily achievable using analog lights. Adaptive visual design was a key requirement, but having control over the lighting stock was critical.

During the procurement process and trials, Radford and his team evaluated the Wi-SUN Alliance field area network (FAN). Wi-SUN FAN, a technical specification and certification program for large-scale outdoor IoT networks, supports millions of devices in smart cities around the world. It’s self-forming, self-healing mesh technology creates excellent network coverage, scalability, enterprise-grade security and reliable communications—even in the urban canyons that the City of London was working around.

“Wi-SUN FAN could support the level of control and management we needed through a CMS. But what really sold it to us was the fact that it is an open standards-based platform, allowing us to introduce other smart devices and sensors—for traffic and environmental monitoring, asset management and waste management—across a network that can provide key data to manage our assets.”

Converting legacy streetlights, many of which have been in place for decades, into a smart-lighting network has become an important part of this digital transformation process, and in many cases, the ‘entry point’ for city developers and local authorities when designing and planning a smart city. Because of this, the City of London officials had to take other programs into consideration, including real-time reporting in line with a service-based and strategic energy review, reduction in energy consumption to deliver financial savings and alignment to the wider Internet of Things (IoT) initiative.

A plan for the future

Having found a match with the Wi-SUN Field Area Network, the City of London

partnered with Wi-SUN Alliance members, urbancontrol, the project’s systems integrator, Itron, a smart-utility technology company, and exterior lighting specialists, DW Windsor. Together they standardized about 45 different types of lighting.

Over a three-year period, the City of London replaced more than 12,000 lights in total including 9,500 streetlights, 1,300 road lights and 1,600 specials. With the old units replaced, the City’s carbon footprint and maintenance costs were reduced. According to the City of London Corporation, it has already saved 60% on its energy costs since the new installation was completed.

While the City of London street lighting initiative is now finished, it’s only part of its journey to become a smart city. It has plans to deliver additional applications and services in the future and is well equipped to do so with Wi-SUN’s FAN.



Smart Building Market 2021 Advancement And Precise Outlook- Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Schneider, UTC, Siemens, Ingersoll Rand (Trane)

03-27-2021 01:27 PM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: Market Insights Reports


The report studies the Smart Building Market with many aspects of the industry like the market size, market status, market trends, and forecast, the report also provides brief information of the competitors and the specific growth opportunities with key market drivers. The report offers valuable insight into the Smart Building market progress and approaches related to the Smart Building market with an analysis of each region. The report goes on to talk about the qualitative and quantitative assessment by industry analysts.


In 2019, the global Smart Building market size was US$ 63350 million and it is expected to reach US$ 146680 million by the end of 2026, with a CAGR of 12.6% during 2021-2026.

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Key Market Players:  Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Schneider, UTC, Siemens, Ingersoll Rand (Trane), Azbil, ABB, Emerson, Eaton, Control4, Bosch, Panasonic, Delta Controls, Legrand, Cisco, IBM, Advantech, Current (GE)

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August 2019 - Honeywell International, Inc. a global vendor in smart building technology and services, introduced the next generation of Enterprise Building Integration (EBI), Command and Control Suite (CCS), and Digital Video Manager (DVM), a suite of solutions enabled by the Honeywell Forge for Buildings platform. This solutions drive facility efficiency, streamline complex functions, and deliver savings across an enterprise.
November 2019- ABB launched IoT Dashboard for mid-sized commercial building automation solutions. Pre-programmed frames make it easy to configure the dashboard and deliver quick results. The addition of the KNX standard drives interoperability and makes it ideal for use in all commercial building types. The IoT Dashboard can be accessed remotely via a PC or handheld device, allowing users to access several facilities from anywhere.

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By Matthew Margetts, Director of Sales and Marketing at Smarter Technologies. 

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Property managers are tasked with tracking multiple assets and actions over several properties through all stages of development—from planning to building and maintaining. These days, the role of the property manager is becoming increasingly streamlined and data-driven through the adoption of smart technology.

Progress in smarter property management

The property industry continues to make progress in its digital transformation. In KPMG’s 2019 PropTech Survey, the research team looked at the progress made in property’s relationship with technology.

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Some key findings from the survey:

  • 58% of real estate companies have a digital strategy in place (this is up from 52% in 2018 and 2019).
  • 95% of real estate companies have someone responsible for leading digital transformation and innovation.
    • In 62% of cases, this is a senior employee
    • In 65% of cases, this person isn’t a digital or technology specialist
  • Just 25% of respondents have a well-established data strategy that enables the right datasets to be captured and analysed.

From this survey data, it’s clear that property managers know that they need to digitally transform, but may be at a loss on how to start. This can be achieved through undertaking the following advice in smart building management.

Smart lighting

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Smart lighting controls allow building managers to control their building’s lighting remotely. Examples include:

  • Installing occupancy sensors so that lights switch on and off automatically as people enter and exit rooms
  • Controlling lighting colours and temperatures according to the time of day, the purpose of the room or other environmental factors
  • Setting automatic shut-downs and power-ups at certain times of the day

These smart controls can save a lot of energy and create a more comfortable and productive working environment.

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Smart HVAC

Smart heating and cooling systems help property managers to save energy, and thus save money and work towards carbon and environmental targets. With temperature and occupancy sensors, a smart HVAC system can control the temperature of a room or building in line with the desired comfort levels, space usage and energy-efficiency—without the need for manual intervention.

Smart water safety

Demonstrating Legionella compliance is an important, yet potentially time-consuming activity for building managers. In a manual system, an assigned person will need to run the water from each outlet in the building and take and record the water temperature at regular intervals. These records need to be kept for a period of at least five years. A smart, automated water temperature testing system takes the hard work out of maintaining Legionella compliance and mitigates the risk of Legionella bacteria infection.

Smart fire safety

The maintenance of fire safety equipment is a critical safety requirement for facility managers and building owners. However, the process can become quite overwhelming due to the extensive compliance and reporting requirements. Using smart technology to automatically monitor and manage fire safety service and maintenance activities is key to streamlining this process:

  • Smart level sensors can monitor and report on the levels of fire extinguishers
  • Automated record-keeping reduces the risk of human error or misplaced paperwork
  • Smart maintenance schedules ensure that fire safety equipment is working properly
  • Fire safety measures can be set to auto-deploy if the risk of fire is detected
  • Instant alarms and messages alert managers immediately to any potential fire danger

Smart utility monitoring

Automated meter readers (AMRs) and smart meters are able to read electricity, gas and water consumption data in real time. By remotely monitoring utility consumption data, property managers can identify wastage and potential efficiencies, implementing changes for long-term savings—all without the time and inaccuracy of taking manual readings.

Another major benefit of access to accurate real-time utility consumption data and reports is simplified sub-metering. At all times, and from anywhere, the property manager will be able to pull the consumption data from individual tenants, allowing for greater accuracy and ease of invoicing.

Working as a smart solution

The uses of smart technology mentioned above are just a few of the many ways that the Internet of Things (Iot) is merging the physical world and the digital realm in buildings around the world.

All of the smart technology applications in this article are enabled by installing sensors and tags onto different assets and connecting them via a central network, ultimately bridging the gap between the physical and the digital world. All data can be viewed on a central, cloud-based dashboard, which is key to helping managers to benefit from big data analytics. Real-time data enables both monitoring capabilities and smart automation, with instant alerts triggered according to predefined parameters.

In summary, the benefits of smart technologies for the property industry include: greater efficiency, less reliance on human resources, compliance with local regulations and obligations, convenience and comfort for tenants and residents, higher property valuation, cost-savings and the potential for improved profitability.

“Hiring smart” means hiring “smart”— new technologies that are bringing property management into the future.

About the author:
Matthew Margetts is Director of Sales and Marketing at Smarter Technologies. His background includes working for blue-chip companies such as AppNexus, AOL/ Verizon, and Microsoft in the UK, Far East and Australia.
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IDC Forecasts Double-Digit Growth for Smart Home Devices as Consumers Embrace Home Automation and Ambient Computing

NEEDHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#IDCTracker–Worldwide shipments of smart home devices reached 801.5 million units in 2020, an increase of 4.5% over 2019, according to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Smart Home Device Tracker. Shipments are forecast to surpass 1.4 billion in 2025 with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.2% as consumers seek out additional conveniences brought about by home automation products and ambient computing through smart speakers and other products continues to rise.

“Sales of smart home devices have remained fairly resilient during the global Covid-19 pandemic,” said Adam Wright, senior research analyst, Smart Home. “The market faced some challenges in 2020, the result of high unemployment, an uneven economic recovery, and lockdown measures, among other factors. But nonetheless, 2020 saw positive year-over-year growth across all device categories. Consumers have shifted their spending priorities from other areas like vacations, going out to eat, or visiting cinemas to focus on adding more comfort, conveniences, and entertainment at home. As such, we have seen that smart home devices like streaming sticks, smart speakers, security devices, smart lights, and others have performed well over the past year.”

The United States will represent the lion’s share of unit shipments during the next several years and will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.8% over the forecast period with more than 451.3 million units shipped in 2025. China will be the second largest market by shipment volume through 2023 but will overtake the United States by the end of 2024 with its five-year CAGR of 21.9%. Canada and Western Europe will experience five-year growth rates of 17.7% and 14.7% respectively.

“While developed markets will undoubtedly lead in terms of shipment volumes, emerging markets such as India and Latin America are expected to quickly become the next battle grounds for companies such as Google and Amazon who currently dominate the smart home market,” said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC’s Mobile and Consumer Device Trackers. “The emergence of newer vendors, particularly tier 2 and 3 smartphone brands, will also help drive additional competition within the home.”

Video entertainment devices are expected to deliver the largest volume of shipments, accounting for 27.6% of all shipments in 2025 as falling prices and advances in functionality – such as 8K, higher refresh rates, HDR, larger sizes, and integration with smart assistants and streaming platforms – lead many consumers to upgrade their television sets. Home monitoring/security devices like smart cameras and smart locks will account for 21.2% of the shipments in 2025 with a CAGR of 13.0%. Growth in smart speakers and displays is expected to slow over the next few years as the installed base of these devices approaches maturation and consumers look to other form factors to access smart assistants in the home, such as thermostats, appliances, and TVs to name a few.

Inhibiting the market’s growth over the next several years are ongoing concerns about security and privacy, consumers’ price sensitivity to upfront and ongoing costs of devices and services, and the economic uncertainty stemming from the volatility of labor and financial markets across the world.

Smart Home Devices, Shipments, Market Share, and Growth by Category, 2020 and 2025 (shipments in millions)




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Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Smart Home Device Tracker, March 25, 2021

* Note: Data represents forecast values.

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