The next time you move past the Kozhikode Cyberpark, do notice the street lighting. Sounds crazy? But, it really matters. For, it boasts of an ultra modern technological application that one could hardly imagine.
For the first time in the country, as the Cyberpark authorities claim, a Tele-Management System has been installed in the LED street lightings on the campus. From anywhere across the globe, one can monitor, control, meter and manage the lighting through static ip(internet protocol). The system allows each individual light point to be switched on or off or dimmed at any time. Each pole communicates with each other through the wireless mechanism. What’s more, each lighting point would send a report via email or SMS, detailing its performance the previous night on a daily basis.
Apart from the monitoring and controlling aspects, Tom Mathew, project engineer (electrical) with Kozhikode Cyberpark, says, “The system enables you to save a large amount of energy through the effective utilisation of dimming mechanism to reduce the consumption of power.”
For instance, you can set the output of lights considering the traffic on the street. “At Cyberpark, we have set the output to 60 per cent on Sundays, while on working days, the pattern is 100 per cent output from 6.30 pm to 10 pm and 60 per cent from 10 pm to 6 am,” says Tom, who has initiated this technology before the Cyberpark management.
On the technical side, a segment controller (SeCo) is the master control of all the LEDs and an inbuilt astronomical clock will switch the lights on in the evening and switch them off in the morning even if there is no response from the segment controller. “The core of the system is an open communication protocol ZigBee, a wireless mesh networking technology, widely used in various European countries. Each individual lighting installation is supplied with a Lumen controller (LuCo), which can support an output up to 1100W with integrated 2mW antenna,” he adds.
Owlet Nightshift is the tele-management system of the German-based Schreder lighting solutions. The whole project costs around `1.19 crore.