The two companies aim to build a scalable wireless ecosystem that integrates with smart grid platforms and key city services
Eaton has teamed up with web-based wireless outdoor lighting management systems provider CIMCON Lighting to market connected lighting solutions for smart cities.
The solutions will incorporate the power management company’s range of outdoor light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires with CIMCON’s intelligent, wireless controls, sensors and software.
CIMCON’s web-based central management and controls software offers an intuitive, interactive Google Maps view of all lights in a system, eliminating location errors, improving installation time and allowing maintenance teams to quickly zoom to one fixture and access streetlight status in one click. The software facilitates a complete asset management solution, allowing cities to schedule, diagnose and manage streetlights from anywhere at any time, the company claims.
The connected lighting solution features a 7-pin ANSI C136.41 compatible plug-and-play or luminaire-integrated wireless controller, providing intelligent on-off switching, dimming control, GPS capabilities, utility-grade power metering, analogue and digital sensor capabilities and real-time status and health monitoring of lighting ﬁxtures compatible with multiple networks.
“With Eaton and CIMCON working together, cities gain the real-time ability to monitor and control one of the largest, most energy intensive infrastructure areas – outdoor lighting – while intelligently leveraging in-place lighting infrastructure to create a scalable wireless ecosystem that integrates with smart grid platforms and key city services, such as public safety,” said Patrick Walker, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s lighting division.
The companies added that the collaboration allows cities to work smarter by providing a common network that can be expanded over time, adding new services and sensors to link key infrastructure areas including lighting, smart micro cells, EV chargers, public safety, city parking and public transit.
“Our world is becoming more connected every day and as the more than 45 million streetlights in North America are converted to LED fixtures, cities are looking to leverage the Internet of Things by using their lighting real estate to enable a smart, connected future,” said Anil Agrawal, chief executive officer, CIMCON Lighting.