News: enLight selected as provider to 2 of the 7 Dept. of Transport funded SMART Places Live Labs

by Gary Atkinson | Jan 31, 2019

Smart City, smart city technology, Smart City Solutions


Big Ben from Westminster Bridge, London

It was announced today by Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, that 7 local authorities that applied for a share of £22.9m to fund Live Labs for Smart Places and /or Smart Roads, have been successful. Two of those are county councils that we have been working closely with for a while now and enLight has been officially named as a partner to 2 of the winning proposals.

The competition was run by ADEPT, the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport, and had 28 applications of which around 10 were asked to present their proposal in a "Dragon's Den" format to a panel of judges. The 7 successful bids included those from Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) and from Suffolk County Council (SCC) and we are listed on the Department of Transport's official announcement as of this morning (which you can read here), even if it is somewhat biased towards potholes and new surface materials. :-)

enLight's involvement with both BCC and SCC is to blanket a ward of Aylesbury and a Suffolk market town respectively with the enLight Smart City platform, using the streetlights for power and height for improved radio range. With the core infrastructure in place, we are then able to work with different departments of the council to trial various applications that can either reduce the cost of delivering a service or even become a revenue generating platform for the local authority.

Although neither council will undertake all of these, areas to be considered include:

  1. Streetlight management, maintenance and control - the platform delivers a CMS (Central Management System) by default

  2. Energy monitoring and reduction - deploy meters on electrical circuits that can also be remotely turned on or off based on rules and/or presence detection

  3. Elderly care (keeping people in their own homes) - use passive sensors to protect those with early stage dementia without needing a lot of infrastructure in the property

  4. Winter program cost reduction (gritting) - monitor the actual temperature of the roads and pavements from sensors mounted on the lamp posts to minimise gritting requirements

  5. Environmental monitoring for air quality and microclimate - some areas have to be monitored for air pollution by law but more measurements could help with traffic and road planning as long as it is cost effective

  6. Traffic categorisation and counting - by determining exactly the mix of traffic at certain locations and time of day, congestion, air pollution and traffic management can be reduced or improved

  7. Localised flood alerting and gully monitoring - by knowing the extent of water table saturation and silt levels in gullies, localised flooding can be predicted or even avoided if remediation can be targeted at problem areas

  8. Parking management for small to medium municipal car parks - sensors on each bay and video analytics have all been deployed for parking management but what about just counting the cars in and out?

  9. Asset tracking - although large pieces of equipment are likely to trackable, the vast majority cannot justify the cost and power-draw of a GPS/GSM tracker. However, suitably equipped hardware on streetlights will enable the use of low cost tags for both council assets and also to provide a tracking service to residents
  10. Footfall counting for retail and capacity planning - there is a significant effort underway to re-invigorate the high street in market towns so we need a mechanism for measuring the success of those programs

  11. Noise monitoring for compliance - provide a cost effective capability for monitoring anti-social behaviour, schedule limited construction and enforcing late-license noise restrictions

  12. Vibration monitoring from heavy goods vehicles - our core platform includes technology that could measure the ground tremors from seismic events or the passing of heavy vehicles.

We would like to congratulate all those involved in putting the winning proposals together and we look forward to working with both Buckinghamshire and Suffolk to bring these Living Labs to life.

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