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Osaka rolls out demonstrator smart lighting project

MinebeaMitsumi has deployed streetlights with sensors that can monitor surrounding environmental conditions on six roads managed by Osaka Prefecture Government.

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The smart city installation is part of Osaka's People’s Living Lab project
The smart city installation is part of Osaka's People’s Living Lab project

Japanese city Osaka has announced the rolling out of a concept demonstration of a smart city lighting solution in partnership with MinebeaMitsumi.

 

The demonstration experiment under the auspices of the “People’s Living Lab” is backed by the Osaka Prefectural Government, the Osaka City Government and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 

Environmental conditions

 

For the trial, MinebeaMitsumi has deployed streetlights with sensors that can monitor surrounding environmental conditions including wind speed/direction, temperature/humidity, atmospheric pressure, rainfall, illumination, UV and vehicle acceleration on six roads managed by Osaka Prefecture.

 

The level of illuminance of the LED streetlights are centrally controlled wirelessly and they also collect surrounding environmental data. According to MinebeaMitsumi, by utilising the collected data, Osaka Prefecture can immediately check the weather conditions (temperature, wind speed) of the prefectural roads in mountainous and coastal areas that it manages.

 

A specific goal is to ascertain whether it is possible to monitor the weather conditions that can be used to inform road management operations in summer and winter season.

 

MinebeaMitsumi was appointed a member of the financing programme for “model projects” under the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), launched by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.

 

The JCM was established as a means of working jointly with developing countries to remove or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions where the reduction targets are quantified as an effort by both allied countries and Japan. This could be achieved through diffusion of low carbon technologies, products, systems, services, and infrastructure.

By utilising the collected data, Osaka Prefecture can immediately check the weather conditions of the prefectural roads in mountainous and coastal areas that it manages

Since then, MinebeaMitsumi reports it has been developing smart lighting solutions in all provinces of Cambodia. While it has previously conducted field tests in Japan, it calls this new demonstration test its largest-ever in the country.

 

In addition to environmental sensors mounted on the streetlights, it plans to incorporate a camera for measuring traffic volume, a water level sensor for detecting flood water, a snow depth gauge for measuring precipitation, and a rain gauge (partly under development) with a view to expand these solutions for use by local governments in future.

 

Looking ahead to Expo 2025 in Osaka, the Osaka Prefectural Government, the Osaka City Government, and the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) said they are working closely to create a suitable environment for conducting innovative demonstration projects and to create a “virtuous cycle” for generating new businesses in Osaka.

 

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