Wireless smart lighting system comes to the IoT

June 10, 2014 // By Paul Buckley
TTP and Mayflower have completed development of a wireless smart lighting control system. The MK3 design is now available and shipping in volume, with the Zigbee based system already qualified for sale in North America.

An example of the Internet of Things (IoT) in action, the design offers more than a 50% reduction in power consumption compared to existing smart lighting systems  along with enhanced reliability, improved radio range and class leading metering accuracy.
Smart lighting control is an example of how the Internet of Things can generate real financial savings by embedding intelligence and connectivity into everyday objects. TTP is working on applications from controlling and optimising home energy systems to sensors embedded in smart orthopaedic implants for remote monitoring. With predictions that the IoT will connect up to 50 billion devices by 2020, smart street lighting is just the tip of the iceberg.
Using the smart lighting control node, the Mayflower CMS (central management system) now controls and monitors in excess of 180,000 street lights, bollards and signs in the UK and Ireland. Orders for the innovative product have now reached 300,000 nodes.

In Hampshire the biggest installation now has over 90,000 Mayflower nodes fitted with a further 50,000 to be installed over the next 12 months making it the largest single street-lighting CMS in the world. The solution has allowed Hampshire County Council to reduce CO2 emissions by around 4000 tonnes, equivalent to 1600 cars every year.