Smart Street Lighting System (Taipei - Taiwan)
The city of Taipei has a Smart City Project Management Office (PMO) that is responsible for the implementation of smart solutions to address some of the city’s main problems.
A Smart Street Lighting system has many useful applications that respond to Taipei’s needs and go far beyond smart lighting. To test its possible applications, the Neihu District was chosen as a demonstration point for field trials, more specifically Gangqian Road and Zhouzi Street.
The Department of Information Technology of Taipei City Government and the Taipei Smart City PMO selected IPS to be the system integrator, Light Space Incorporation to integrate their lighting system and Chunghwa System Integration for their information system mechanism. These partners built the single scalable cloud infrastructure platform that is now in use in the city.
In Gangqian Road the lighting was designed to improve the ambience of the area and at the same time provide smart traffic applications. In Zhouzi Street smart parking application services were tested.
The street light intensity can be controlled remotely and so does environmental monitoring, through the use of sensors for temperature, humidity, water level, CO2 and PM2.5 levels. The system allows traffic detection, tracking of pets and people (the elderly and children, for instance), electric fence control, control of prohibited areas, and behaviour pattern monitoring. Using data from Google Maps enables tracking of street lighting and sending reports of unusual vibrations or noises. Cameras installed in the street lights connect to the nearest police station and send instant images in case of unusual activity, to ensure the citizens’ safety. Smart parking is another feature of the system that monitors the vacancies of parking spots in a specific area and allows people to find a parking space using their phone.
The Neihu District pilot project will be used to make adjustments and modifications to the Smart Street Lighting System for continuous improvement. The city of Taipei is planning to extend this smart network and switch all the street lights on general roads to LED lighting by June 2018.
Improved e-Governance and citizen services;
Improved Water management;
Improved Energy management;
Improved Urban Lighting;
Improved Intelligent Transport Systems.
Description of the specific objectives:
- Connect the street light infrastructure to collect big data and video streaming, creating an open data interface for city stakeholders to use according to their needs;
- Improve public transportation system;
- Enhance environmental monitoring;
- Increased safety in the city.
Taipei Smart City Project Management Office; IPS (system integrator); Light Space Incorporation (integration of the lighting system); Chunghwa System Integration (information system mechanism).
- Traffic congestions are becoming more frequent and need to be properly addressed;
- Climate change is a reality and Taipei City aims to become a sustainable eco-city, therefore they have to begin implementing serious environmental measures.
Smart Street Lighting System; environmental sensors; smart metres (power, gas, water); tracking sensors; video cameras for traffic and behaviour monitoring.
Implementation of the Smart Street Light System in Neihu District. The short-term plan is to further implement the system in the whole city.
- Increased sense of safety;
- Reduced traffic congestion and improved parking process;
- Adequate monitoring of environmental indicators.