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  • elonverylong2 elonverylong2 Dec 3, 2014 7:54 AM Flag

    Yiqiang Lee, CEO of Rongwen, was looking for a solution that was reliable, efficient, and environmental-friendly. “The key reason for us to continue using LonWorks control technology in our projects is it guarantees the best performance, which is very important for EMC projects,” Lee said. “By integrating CMS into the project, it can significantly reduce electricity consumption at least by 30 percent and lower maintenance cost by at least 40 percent. That’s a total of at least a 70 percent savings in energy when we combine COB LED streetlights, LonWorks, and CMS technologies.”

    So far the street lights and the monitoring and sensor system have reduced energy consumption by 66 % to 75% and saved 13.50 million Kwh per year. Additionally, the system has reduced maintenance costs by 30% and lowered installation costs by 20%.

  • December 2, 2014...The Utilities Department of Nanhai District, Foshan City contracted Guangdong Rongwen Energy Science and Technology Group Co., Ltd to reduce energy use and streetlighting costs. Guangdong Rongwen Energy Science and Technology group (Rongwen) is a leading ESCO company in China and LED street lighting provider. Rongwen, which is managing 180,000 smart LED street lights, is retrofitting 14,051 units of LED streetlights in Foshan City, a prefecture-level city in the People’s Republic of China’s central Guangdong province. The city's jurisdiction covers 3,840 km2 (1,480 sq mi) and has a population of 7.1 million, with 3.6 million inside the city limits.

    The Utilities Department of Nanhai District tasked Rongwen with creating the best solution for the city’s energy saving program, and supplying LED streetlights, as well as installing, monitoring, and verifying the system. The utilities department wanted a minimum of 66 percent energy savings with only a 2% failure rate and with the average illumination above the national standard during the 10 years EMC contract year.

    The project called for the power line based streetlight network to be shared by devices such as traffic lights and electric signs, risking signal interference to the iLon Smart server. The company had to replace High wattage HPS streetlights with lower wattage “DL” LED streetlights using a LonWorks control and management system. The proposed system could save up to 70 percent of the energy consumed compared to the existing system.

    Rongwen was responsible for the management and maintenance of the streetlights, poles, cables, cabinets and IOT smart control system. The system included products provided by Rongwen, Streetlight Vision and ECHELON. Prior to installation, Rongwen had to investigate potential power line interference, collect previous power consumption data, investigate 3G coverage, design a cost-effective and energy-efficient LED streetlight network

    Rongwen deployed RW series COB LED streetlights (180W/150W/120W/90W/65W) to replace the HPS (1000W/400W/250W) and add a control system. The streetlights from Rongwen integrate Bridgelux’s COB chips and offer at least 130 lm/w efficacy with a 3000K color temperature and RA above 70. The streetlights have a patented fixture design constructed with die-cast aluminum for ideal heat dissipation of the LED chips. Each LED streetlight has an integrated intelligent control module that can enable the city to manage and maintain the street lights by sending data to the iLon Smart server.

    StreetVision supplied the Customer Management System (CMS) That Rongwen uses. The CMS supports different dimming scenarios, which the city government requires. Rongwen also uses this CMS to support “smart city” applications and other sensory systems that the government needs such as cameras and light sensors.

    Yiqiang Lee, CEO of Rongwen, was looking for a solution that was reliable, efficient, and environmental-friendly. “The key reason for us to continue using LonWorks control technology in our projects is it guarantees the best performance, which is very important for EMC projects,” Lee said. “By integrating CMS into the project, it can significantly reduce electricity consumption at least by 30 percent and lower maintenance cost by at least 40 percent. That’s a total of at least a 70 percent savings in energy when we combine COB LED streetlights, LonWorks, and CMS technologies.”

    So far the street lights and the monitoring and sensor system have reduced energy consumption by 66 % to 75% and saved 13.50 million Kwh per year. Additionally, the system has reduced maintenance costs by 30% and lowered installation costs by 20%.

  • Apanet Smart Lighting Control System Beltway of Jedrzejow – DK 78

    The APANET Green System Ltd. has now created and implemented a new system on Jedrzejow’s beltway. This Smart Lighting Control System project for the Jedrzejow’s beltway was all about the proper installation of the segment controllers connected with StreetLight.Vision control system. Echelon’s SmartServer through the supply network (PLC technology) communicates with our OLC controllers (located in the lamps) and then send signals that define the amount of power that is needed for lamps and monitor their proper behavior.

    System’s greatest advantage that stands-out among the similar systems is the possibility of making automatic read-outs of the traffic level and weather conditions. This system manages to make an
    automatic read out and reduce the lamps power in case of not heavy traffic and fair weather.

    This particular system can help us save much money and reduce the electrical power consumption. Immediate reaction is now possible due to the instant information about any type of lighting network
    malfunctions which ensure maximum safety for drivers.

    The Smart Lighting Control system is an intro for the SmartGrid and SmartCity systems.

    System allows on:

    full control over all individual lamps from the control system; the operator which can manage and control lamps with just the system’s website,
    the permanent energy audit of the whole network
    immediate information about possible lamps or any network’s malfunctions
    the system adapts to weather and traffic conditions by using the lamps’ full power if it is needed
    counting the uptime of individual lamps and planing the light sources exchange (automatically we make savings).
    The APANET Green System Ltd. is a technological company that specializes in Smart Lighting Control Systems. To produce devices and the systems’ integration we use from our longstanding experience and
    involvement in the business. In our installations we mainly use the well-known LonWorks open standard, which makes our systems compatible with a great amount of similarities to other systems.

  • APANET Green System Ltd. 08-10-2014 signed up a contract to supply lighting management system on Belchatow city streets.

    It is now one of the largest and most modern lighting project in Poland. The project will be implemented through funding from The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFEP&WM) under the SOWA - energy efficient street lighting. Under this program, grants and loans will be implemented in a short time a lot of different projects .

    We hope that our positive experience with the current instalation will help us win more tenders and thereby help towns save significant amounts of energy used for street lighting.

  • elonverylong2 elonverylong2 Oct 9, 2014 2:53 PM Flag

    The Lumewave acquisition, in itself looks like a shrewd move.l
    Where we see Echelon’s biggest opportunity is in using their experience with LonWorks (their protocol for building automation controls) and PLC to integrate outdoor lighting, indoor lighting, energy management and security on a common platform. They could become a key enabler of the Building Internet of Things (BIoT). As what seems like a precursor to this, earlier in the year Echelon announced a partnership with LED lighting company Xicato. Together they have been working on developing a central controller system to deliver low-voltage DC power to LED lights, along with PLC controls. -

    October 9, 2014
    Building Automation
    Industrial Internet of Things
    LED Lighting
    Lighting Controls
    Street Lighting

    With the announcement last week that Echelon has completed the sale of its Smart Grid Division, the company are now “All In” on the Industrial Internet of Things.

    This move to focus their efforts is in tune with others in Silicon Valley, such as the recently announced Paypal spinoff from eBay, driven through by Carl Icahn to increase shareholder value.

    Indeed Echelon’s need for a change in strategy is greater than most. Financial results over the last 4 years have been poor at best. Revenue dropped from $111.04 in 2010 to $86.16 in 2013. Net Income was $-31.31 in 2010 and $-17.61 in 2013.

    CEO Ron Sege said at the time of the grid business sale “…we believe we have reached a pivotal point in the future of our IIoT business. Ultimately, we believe that if we continue to invest in both businesses, we may not succeed in either.” I personally don’t disagree with that statement.
    As well as shedding the grid business to S&T AG for only approximately $4.9 million (after fees, expenses and restructuring charges are considered, Echelon expects the net benefit to be nominal), they have bought in a new experienced CTO, Sohrab Modi and acquired Lumewave, a manufacturer of networked controls and software platforms for outdoor lighting.

    Sohrab Modi most recently served as vice president and CTO of Central Research and Development at FutureWei, a wholly owned US subsidiary of Huawei; so should bring a wealth of IoT experience. Interestingly Huawei purchased a UK company last month called Neul for $25m. Neul had been working with Huawei for nine months on narrow band cellular IoT.

    The Lumewave acquisition, in itself looks like a shrewd move. Echelon already has an extensive streetlight networking b

  • Echelon’s Smart Street Lighting Solution transforms streetlights into intelligent, energy-efficient, remotely managed networks that deliver dependable lighting at 30% less cost than low-energy luminaires alone. Over the long term, Smart Street Lighting serves as a foundation for building a Smart City.

    Smart Street Lighting from Echelon allows a city to easily schedule lights on or off and set dimming levels of individual or groups of lights so a city can intelligently provide the right level of lighting needed by time of day, season, or weather conditions. Cities using Echelon’s solution reduce their street lighting energy use by an average of 30% in addition to any savings from more efficient lights. The city of Oslo, a Clinton Foundation Climate Initiative best practices example, reduced energy consumption by 62% with Echelon’s Smart Street Lighting Solution. In China, 500,000 smart streetlights using Echelon power line technology will come online by 2014, with an expected energy reduction of 55%. Smart street lighting is often just the first step to a smarter city, for example, Quebec added a bus lane control system to Echelon’s Street Lighting Solution and eliminated the cost of a second infrastructure.

  • elonverylong2 elonverylong2 Oct 7, 2014 2:53 PM Flag

    Coincidentally, the city of Paris and its neighboring cities now controls 40,000 outdoor LED luminaires with a multivendor solution based on Echelon’s open-standards control-networking technology. The installation is a first step toward turning the so-called “City of Light” into the City of Smarter Lighting.

    Photo courtesy of Shepard4711 [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons, Paris at night
    Once a city has the infrastructure in place to intelligently and remotely control the timing and intensity of street lights, it can also do a lot of other things with the same control network. For example, add air quality sensors to the light fixtures or poles and you can gather pollution data. Add optical sensors and you can monitor traffic and improve safety and commute experience.

    Paris expects that its new citywide network of LED luminaires will be reused by other applications so that it ultimately builds out a smart-city “integrated platform” on top of its new lighting system. It also expects to use lighting more efficiently, enabling it to save 35 percent in energy and capital costs of the next 10 years.

  • elonverylong2 elonverylong2 Oct 7, 2014 2:48 PM Flag

    Indeed, Lumewave is best known for the wireless controllers and sensors deployed by the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) on the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) campus. The installation is able to dim lights when traffic is light and also to detect the speed of bicycle traffic on dedicated paths to light fixtures before a cyclist arrives. The company is also one of a number of controls purveyors that has contributed to trials of networked street lights in San Francisco, CA.
    The combined companies will presumably bring a stronger business presence to the lighting market and a more complete technology portfolio. "With this acquisition of Lumewave, Echelon is enriching our product portfolio and sales channels in outdoor lighting control, for both city street lighting and the compelling market for enterprise and commercial outdoor lighting," said Ron Sege, CEO and chairman of Echelon Corp (pictured). "Lumewave's products, combined with Echelon's own, will give our customers tremendous flexibility in controlling their outdoor lighting assets. The expanded product offerings and sales coverage will enhance Echelon's revenue stream and allow us to better address the fast-growing North American market."

  • The Zhuhai Doumen District in Guangdong province, People's Republic of China, embarked on a district-wide lighting retrofit of its nearly 9,000 streetlights on the main road. By utilizing highly efficient LED lights with a LonWorks-based control system, the new system benefits from a 71% energy reduction and is now capable of multiple smart city applications such as environmental detection and road monitoring applications.

    The Challenge
    Prior to the installation of the new system, the Doumen District in Zhuhai sought to remedy many of the existing system’s shortcomings. In the old streetlight network, streetlights were not networked and managed by any system, creating many maintenance issues such as cable theft, power leakage, and simple oversights such as leaving the lights on. Commissioning was a difficult and resource-consuming process as several other lights such as traffic and alley lights were powered by the street light cabinet which would make it difficult to upgrade to a new system.

    Meanwhile, the old network consumed a large amount of energy everyday which put added pressure on the local government whose city is selected as one of the pilot cities for “Smart City, Green City” project in China.

    The Solution
    The Zhuhai Doumen District selected the Guangdong Rongwen Energy Science and Technology group to manage and maintain the retrofit of the 8900 streetlights as well as the integration of the poles, cables, cabinets and Internet of Things (IOT) smart control system provided by Rongwen, Echelon and Streetlight.Vision.

    The retrofit began with replacing the old high wattage HPS streetlights with low wattage LED streetlights featuring LonWorks-based control system. Each streetlight has a LonWorks node which provides a unique ID for each streetlight for management and maintenance process. In order to achieve maximum energy savings, comprehensive and multi-featured center management software powered by Streetlight.Vision carries out on-demand lighting, real-time control and alarms.

    “Each lamp has its own ID number, and single lamp monitoring and control can be done through computers and various mobile terminals. We use low wattage Rongwen LED streetlights to replace the old high pressure sodium luminaries, saving up to 40-50% of energy and maintaining the luminance at 28-35 Lux. On top of the energy-savings from the LED luminaries, we also deploy streetlight management software to achieve at least 30% energy-savings by dimming streetlights according to the lighting demands in real-life scenarios.” said general manager of Guangdong Rongwen Zhuhai Branch, Naifu Liang.

    Using an Energy Performance Contract model to fund the retrofit, Rongwen provides turnkey services, including project designing, project financing, LED products procurement, construction, streetlights and alley lights installation and commissioning, personnel training, energy-saving monitoring, and verification. The purchaser pays the contractor 90% of the energy-saving bills every month within the 10-year contract term.

    The Results
    The results of the lighting retrofit have kept the district and local government on track for becoming a “Smart City, Green City” in China. Without the need of manually wiring power lines, resources are maximized as all communication can be done through the existing power lines. Remote monitoring and management capabilities allow for faster project implementation with minor environmental effects. The district has seen a 20% reduction in installation costs and 30% decrease in maintenance costs.

    By using LONWORKS integrated intelligent LED streetlight, the luminance is 30% higher than the required standard of the Lighting Design of Urban Road. Using a COB LED solution generates a low color temperature (2900K) to create a better lighting environment and penetration as well as better uniformity.

    Qi Li, Vice Director of Streetlight Management Office Doumen District said: “With the overall energy savings of 71%, this LED project will help Doumen government save nearly 400 million KWH of electricity and reduce 3,773 tons of CO2 emission every year. In the past, when the cable was stolen, we wouldn’t know unless our patrol team found streetlights were not on at night. But with the management system, we’re informed with the latest streetlight status by mobile text messages or emails right away. This is something we never dreamed of before.”

    Using LonWorks Power Line technology and the streetlight management software powered by Streetlight.Vision enables Zhuhai Doumen District’s streetlights to be more controllable, sensitive and reliable while features such as real-time control, failure analysis, alarm reporting, and energy management makes streetlight maintenance much easier and more efficient.

  • 10/01/2014

    At IoT Global Summit, Telling Leaders to Follow the Money

    Echelon CEO Ron Sege will be the featured luncheon speaker and join a Smart Cities panel discussion at the Internet of Things (IoT) Global Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Oct. 27. Forum Global for EMS_3

    Sege will present and discuss opportunities for smart cities with moderator Nigel Cameron, president and CEO of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies, and fellow panelists Sokwoo Rhee, associate director of Cyber-Physical Systems at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST); Joseph Bradley, managing director of Cisco’s Internet of Everything practice; and other industry experts.

    Immediately following the Smart Cities panel at the summit luncheon, Sege will be the featured speaker.

    “Buildings, streetlights, warehouses, trucks and factories: That’s where you’ll find the money to jumpstart the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT),” Sege says. His luncheon topic will be, appropriately, “Follow the Money to the Industrial IoT.”

    The summit brings Echelon together with more than 200 other key stakeholders for discussions on the critical policies and commercial opportunities surrounding the IoT. Find out more information about the Oct. 27-28 event at

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  • September 25, 2014

    French Street Lighting System Cuts Energy Use by 35% with LONWORKS® Network

    French street lighting system cuts energy use by 35% with Echelon's LONWORKS network

    The Challenge
    Sénart en Essonne, a fast-growing area 35 km south of Paris comprising four cities, has a street lighting network of about 3,500 streetlights. The town council wanted to reduce the area’s energy use by 35% to significantly contribute to its sustainable growth plan. The council also hoped to lower its operating budget and maintenance costs while increasing road safety.

    The Solution
    The town council partnered with SPIE, one of France’s largest streetlight maintenance companies, to install an intelligent network based on Echelon’s LONWORKS technology and SPIE’s CityNetworks software. The system uses electronic dimmable smart ballasts to dim the lamps when appropriate, extend lamp lifetime, automatically identify lamp failures, and enable remote control in real time.

    In an effort to reduce energy use in the four-city Sénart en Essonne area, the town council set an ambitious goal for its street lighting system: It aimed to save 35% on energy use each year, thereby reducing its annual carbon emissions by an average of 300 tons. The council also wanted to contain its operating budget and reduce its maintenance costs, while keeping the streets safe and easy to navigate.

    To meet its goal, the council partnered with SPIE, one of the largest streetlight maintenance companies in France, with responsibility for roughly 500,000 streetlights throughout the country. SPIE worked with Echelon to propose a solution based on LONWORKS technology, an open, extensible architecture that lets control devices from multiple manufacturers interact with each other. The solution dims streetlights when there are fewer cars on the road, automatically identifies failed lamps, and enables real-time control to reduce onsite operations. It also increases light quality by using electronic dimmable ballasts that drive the lamps more efficiently and make them last longer.

    Putting the Pieces Together
    The streetlights are equipped with a Philips Starsense light controller that embeds an Echelon power line transceiver and drives an electronic dimmable ballast and high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps. The Starsense controller governs the operation of the ballast and also identifies failures, triggers alarms, and takes real-time measurements of energy use, number of hours burned, voltage, current, power factor, and power usage. The streetlights are connected to Echelon SmartServer systems, which send On, Off, and Dimming commands to the controllers over the existing power line cables. The SmartServers then send this data via a GPRS network to the central CityNetworks monitoring software, which is hosted by SPIE.

    The CityNetworks software gives SPIE an overall view of the streetlight system and makes it easy to manage its operation. The software automatically aggregates and records data from many SmartServers, without manual intervention. The system’s On/Off commands are based on the SmartServer’s astronomical clock, and the dimming commands follow scenarios that are easily programmed into the CityNetworks software.

    Reaping the Benefits
    Automatic dimming makes it possible to vary light brightness according to time of day. During rush hour, for example, the streetlights are set to an 80% brightness level, but are dimmed to 60% otherwise. In some areas, the lamps are dimmed to as low as 40% between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., with no discernible impact on visibility. When a lamp fails, maintenance operators can be notified by an alarm on their cell phone or via e-mail. Operators can check status by accessing the CityNetworks Web portal, which is available anytime, anywhere, via a secured access network. Using the portal, operators can diagnose failures and compile lists of older lamps in the surrounding area, so multiple lamps can be replaced on a single service run. The Web Portal also lets operators control the lamps remotely, and lets them perform efficiency checks to monitor energy and CO2 savings.

    Remote operation and automatic failure detection have helped SPIE reduce costs in several ways. Before the new system was installed, it could take up to 15 days to identify a lamp outage. Now, failures are identified almost instantly. And since maintenance teams no longer need to patrol for outages at night, they spend less time driving, need fewer cars, and emit less CO2. Customer service is less expensive, too, since SPIE now receives fewer calls from citizens reporting lamp outages.

    “Our maintenance teams anticipate problems and diagnose them before citizens even know about them,” says Daniel Labanowski, Director of Business Development at SPIE. The system is designed for flexibility and supports hardware components from many different manufacturers. The council isn’t obligated to use a single brand of smart controllers or smart ballasts; it can choose from a number of solutions. That way, the system can continue to grow by adding the most cost-effective components.

    Labanowski calls the system a model for others municipalities to follow.

    “With this solution, the Sénart en Essonne area has met its goal of reducing energy costs by 35% a year,” he says. “It is a template for other cities looking for ways to support sustainable development.”

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