| Zee Yusri |
THE Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) organised a technical talk on Intelligent Outdoor Lighting Technology at the SEAMEO VOCTECH yesterday.
The talk was presented by Gabriel Chen, Systems & Services Specialist (Lighting) at Philips, in which he briefed on the need of intelligent outdoor lighting, lighting control propositions such as Standalone system (Dynadimmer), group control (AmpLight), individual control (SSRF), comparison and applications of these systems; and details of CityTouch Software (system features).
One of the interesting topics discussed was the CityTouch Software – a web-based ICT solution and a lighting management platform that links all the lighting assets in the city with a range of different programmes that can be used to manage and control lighting from one’s desk at one touch.
Gabriel revealed that the CityTouch gives street lighting service companies detailed and real-time insight into the status of the lighting to enable them to respond quickly to the changing needs of the city – a seamless way to balance city ambiance with the challenges of sustainability and safety.
“The software offers advanced architecture of lighting management consisting of different elements including CityTouchLightPoint, an asset lighting management system, and CityTouchLightWave, a remote lighting management system,” explained Gabriel.
CityTouchLightPoint is a sophisticated tool for data and maintenance management which brings transparency over the assets and workflows.
The CityTouchLightWave, on the other hand, acts as the control centre for adjusting and monitoring the public lighting in the city, where it communicates with various assets of the lighting system via the public mobile communications network – simply, interactive and reliable.
Philips revealed that with the instinctive user interface, map-based visualisations, and simple charts and diagrams, CityTouchLightPoint gives user the visibility into every single asset in their lighting infrastructure, offering total clarity and maximum data security.
This level of transparency leads to important insights that can significantly improve lighting operations.
It also facilitates workflow-based maintenance, allowing user to conveniently and efficiently manage system faults.
Gabriel shared that LightPoint asset management’s main directions include the lighting data management which enables increased transparency in maintenance operations, comprehensive and deep insights in all lighting assets and improving user’s decision-making process by having control over their lighting data; as well as the lighting maintenance management, which enables predictive maintenance and reactive failure handling, accelerated planning and replacement activities, thus improving user’s operational performance and reducing costs by continuous monitoring, documentation and reporting of their lighting data.
“Whereas CityTouchLightWave gives users the power to make the lighting in their cities dynamic, intelligent and totally flexible being a remote lighting management system that connects light points and cabinets with advanced lighting management applications,” marked Gabriel Chen.
CityTouchLightWave remote management has three parts – remote management, energy measurement, and light monitoring.
Gabriel mentioned that in remote management, the intuitive user interface allow users to adjust light levels on demand to respond quickly to changing needs and they can boost light levels to improve safety and visibility, or dim levels to save energy and prevent light pollution.
It is a flexible adaptation of light levels with a simple click, an efficient planning through calendar-set link, and a standardised open integration interface.
“For energy measurement, users can evaluate the city’s energy use and track when and where any savings have been achieved. To optimise energy efficiency, users can easily measure and compare the energy usage of single light points, certain groups of light points, or entire city districts. It provides real energy usage and full history, provides tools for measurement and verification, and there will be no manual energy calculations needed,” stated Gabriel.
Whilst in light monitoring, users can monitor the condition of the entire public lighting infrastructure and avoid for example any costly and time consuming night scouting.
With CityTouchLightWave, users constantly get the exact status information of every luminaire within their lighting infrastructure.
Gabriel also shared that through the light monitoring function, faults and outages will automatically be recognised by the luminaire itself and there will be a quicker and better knowledge of the current status of the lighting infrastructure.
At the same time, it manages faster repairs and improve the maintenance service.
After the talk concluded, Philips also showcased some of the LED lighting products available.