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A Multifunctional Public Lighting Infrastructure, Design and Experimental Test

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2017, pp 608-625
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.d5.0164
Marco Beccali1 , Valerio Lo Brano1, Marina Bonomolo1, Paolo Cicero2, Giacomo Corvisieri2, Marco Caruso3, Francesco Gamberale3, 4
1 Dipartimento dell’Energia dell’Ingegneria dell’informazione e dei Modelli Matematici, Viale Delle Scienze, Edificio 9, Palermo, Italy
2 Italtel spa, Innovation Lab, SS 113 Bivio Foresta, Carini (PA), Italy
3 Exalto Energy and Innovation srl, Via Giuseppe Giusti 2, Palermo, Italy


Nowadays, the installation of efficient lighting sources and Information and Communications Technologies can provide economic benefits, energy efficiency, and visual comfort requirements. More advantages can be derived if the public lighting infrastructure integrates a smart grid. This study presents an experimental multifunctional infrastructure for public lighting, installed in Palermo. The system is able to provide smart lighting functions (hotspot Wi-Fi, video-surveillances, car and pedestrian access control, car parking monitoring and support for environmental monitoring). A remote control and monitoring platform called “Centro Servizi” processes the information coming from different installations as well as their status in real time, and sends commands to the devices (e.g. to control the luminous flux), each one provided with a machine to machine interface. Data can be reported either on the web or on a customised app. The study has shown the efficient operation of such new infrastructure and its capability to provide new functions and benefits to citizens, tourists, and public administration. Thus, this system represents a starting point for the implementation of many other lighting infrastructure features typical of a “smart city.”

Keywords: Multifunctional street lighting, Information and communications technology integration, Energy efficiency, Machine to machine, Lighting design, Smart lighting.

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