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Echelon smartens up outdoor lighting with Watson

Watson will enable cities to integrate IoT applications into their lighting systems


Echelon and IBM Watson will make street lights central to smart city transformation
Echelon and IBM Watson will make street lights central to smart city transformation

Echelon will infuse Watson IoT capabilities into its adaptive LED lighting control solution

Municipal leaders can gain insights which they can use to help improve public safety

Internet of Things technology specialist Echelon is collaborating with IBM Watson IoT to bring cognitive intelligence to its adaptive streetlight control platform.


Echelon, which has pioneered the development of open-standard networking platforms for connecting, monitoring and controlling devices in commercial and industrial applications, will infuse Watson IoT capabilities into its next-generation, adaptive LED lighting control solution.


The collaboration will form a pervasive, more intelligent infrastructure that can easily integrate IoT applications to address municipal safety, environment and energy challenges and help the transformation to smart cities.


By combining IBM’s Watson IoT data with Echelon’s IoT connected streetlighting architecture, municipal leaders can gain significant insights which they can use to improve public safety. IBM Watson IoT capabilities closely align with Echelon’s promise to municipalities – to enable them to more cost-effectively leverage innovations in technology that drive safety and sustainability initiatives.


“With a mission to continually advance our adaptive streetlighting solution, we are excited at the prospect of integrating the cognitive and real-time analytics capability of IBM Watson IoT into Echelon’s platform to enhance its inherent intelligence,” said Sohrab Modi, chief technology officer, Echelon.


He added: “If mayors and town selectmen can have infrastructures that adapt to the data produced by billions of interconnected sensors and devices, they can positively impact crime and weather-related accident statistics. The omniscience that IBM Watson IoT will bring to our next-generation technology will be a huge asset for local and state governments.”


With its Lumewave by Echelon platform, Echelon is bringing its long-standing history in developing protocols and communication control solutions, as well as its next generation architectures for multi-application IIoT networks, to the IBM Watson IoT collaboration. The Echelon portfolio supports a wide range of lighting and building communications including LON and LonTalk/IP, BACnet, Modbus, DALI and more for a broad selection of devices that can be easily integrated into an open platform.


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