Silver Spring’s IoT platform Starfish is being used in County Mayo’s smart city and energy efficiency drive
Silver Spring Networks has started a smart city and energy efficiency programme in Crossmolina, County Mayo, in the West of Ireland. The networks platform and solutions provider has deployed an Internet of Things (IoT) network canopy for Mayo County Council for smart street lighting, and a residential energy efficiency project for the Council.
The project is being funded in part by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), which is the national authority focused on leading Ireland’s transition to a low carbon society through sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices.
The initiatives in this smart city and energy efficiency programme uses Starfish, Silver Spring’s international IoT network service offering.
Under an agreement with Electric Skyline Ltd, a local outdoor lighting specialist, and with existing Silver Spring ecosystem partners EDMI and SELC Ireland Limited, Mayo County Council is leveraging Silver Spring’s open IEEE 802.15.4g wireless interoperability standard (Wi-SUN) technology and Streetlight. Vision control software-as-a-service (SaaS) to connect and manage streetlights across Crossmolina.
The smart street lighting and controls will help the County better manage its assets, increase energy efficiency and improve public safety.
The network infrastructure can also be used for additional future smart city deployment such as smart traffic controls, smart parking management, smart water, gas and electricity networks, electric vehicle chargers, among others.
In addition, the Mayo County Council and SEAI are leveraging the Silver Spring wireless IoT network and connected EDMI smart meters to offer Crossmolina residents near real-time insights, recommendations and bill projections for their electric and gas consumption through a web-based and mobile-optimised customer portal.
Silver Spring can also offer various partners’ load disaggregation applications to help consumers gain appliance-level insights that will help them better manage their energy usage.
Peter Mcloughlin, Executive Engineer, Mayo County Council. said, “This technology enhances Mayo County Council objectives of reducing energy consumption, reducing CO2 emissions and reducing cost, but more importantly, it increases the ability of the community to interact with and understand their energy use.”
Declan Meally, Head of Emerging Sectors with SEAI said, “This technology enhances Mayo County Council objectives of reducing energy consumption, reducing CO2 emissions and reducing cost, but more importantly, it increases the ability of the community to interact with and understand their energy use.
“People are becoming more aware of the energy used in their homes and communities and how they can improve their energy efficiency. It’s great to see the emergence of new smart technologies, which help to improve efficiency by empowering the energy user with detailed information about their usage patterns and providing more intelligent systems with greater controls,” he added.
Eric Dresselhuys, EVP of Global Development, Silver Spring Networks said, “The projects in Western Ireland prove that the convergence of grids and cities is real, and moreover, that open IoT networks can give Ireland an opportunity to lay the foundation for long-term energy efficiency, sustainability and infrastructure modernization initiatives that are driven by multiple stakeholders on a single network service.”