Greener, Cleaner – Simply Intelligent

A lack of resources, pollution, growing populations – the challenges of our time are complex. Smart city, the future of living together in conurbations, offers a potential solution.

The aim of the smart city is sustainable life. It represents a better tomorrow in which networked and software-monitored supply systems conserve resources and save money. However, this is still a vision on a grand scale.

The Vision as a Mission

But the dream is now becoming a reality: with Street Light Control (SLC), OSRAM presents a revolutionary system that implements smart city lighting and creates additional intelligent opportunities.

The system is based on a network of LED lights. Referred to as “smartification,” lights can be managed individually or in groups with software, thus enabling needs-oriented lighting for a variety of urban areas: downtown, busy streets, residential roads, tunnels, and parks.

Intelligent Lighting

With SLC, lighting is only activated where it’s needed – in the required intensity. For instance, street lighting can react to rain and fog and intensify illumination to warn drivers of accidents ahead, all of which makes driving much safer.

In residential areas with less traffic, the system also reduces energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and light pollution by dimming the lights.

With Benefits for All

These multitalented lights can do more than just provide intelligent illumination. Community services benefit from the new technology, as the sensors installed in the lights can, for instance, inform you when a garbage can is full. And there are opportunities for advertisers when screens, controlled by the lights, can display the latest information.

EINSTONE – a Comprehensive Solution

Your first impression was correct – it goes far beyond street lighting alone. In reality, it’s about networking physical and virtual worlds: smart city Wipperfürth has already done just that and is thus ideally exploiting the potential of the Internet of things (IoT).

The comprehensive solution behind the lights is called OSRAM EINSTONE, which links lighting systems and location-based services (LBS) to a revolutionary technology. How does this work? Taking advantage of the infrastructure of street lights and other sources of light, EINSTONE uses Bluetooth low energy (BLE) radio technology to establish a kind of local GPS signal. In this way, it grows into a unique localization system that makes location-specific services possible.

A Digital Service System

The benefits of this new technology: first of all, it’s much more precise than GPS. Using the light infrastructure, it can locate users and provide them with location-specific information. And second, it’s much more powerful than battery-powered beacons, as EINSTONE can draw power from local light sources.

OSRAM light installations are evolving into true infrastructure facilities thanks to the communication technologies they’re equipped with. The technology transforms them into a digital service system on site.

When Multitalented Is an Understatement

In addition to intelligent street lighting, EINSTONE technology opens up countless other opportunities, including local calls for help, guidance for blind people, live feedback for certain locations, and a whole lot more.

In addition to urban outdoor spaces, these functions can also be implemented in indoor public spaces such as hospitals and shopping centers, with the technology installed in the lighting system there. Some of the highlights of this comprehensive localization system in particular are worth mentioning:

Direct, Location-Specific Communication

For instance, the new technology opens up opportunities for retail. Thanks to EINSTONE, shops can send information about special offers and sales directly to the cell phones of passersby via Bluetooth.

But EINSTONE is also breaking new ground in the cultural sector. The technology makes it possible to provide visitors’ smartphones with multilingual audio guides as they approach exhibition pieces in museums.

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