From ideas in a barn to Dutch design lampposts. One of the companies that will be part of the Amsterdam delegation at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, is Lightwell. They also joined us last year! Why do they like to go again? And most importantly, who are they? We spoke to managing director Peter Paul Metz and asked him about the company.
How has Lightwell started off?
Peter Paul: ‘Lightwell started literally in a barn in a garden in Amsterdam in 2009. At that time, LED technology was rather new. Most of the public lighting was not sustainable at all. It was all old technology. Three men started Lightwell to change this. The second step for Lightwell was the collaboration with the Dutch Design School. Together with architect Friso Kramer we developed a sustainable, design lamppost full of the newest technology.’
And since then? How have you developed?
Lightwell doesn’t focus on being more sustainable only. Sustainability is a global trend and LED lighting is getting more ordinary. What is unique about us, is our ability to integrate our sustainable product with smart infrastructure. We call this Lightmotion. Our lampposts have the sustainable LED lighting and can also charge electric cars, have camera surveillance and Wi-Fi. It can also be a hub with smart sensors to measure the environment. This Lightmotion is an interesting product in the smart city. In a while, we would love to see 10 percent of the lampposts being multifunctional devices. Every location has other needs, so our lamppost can adapt to this. In one place, sensors are desired and on busier spots it could be interesting for the lamppost to be a car charger. Within a few years we got a lot of certifications, which is an important step in our development.
Why do you think it is important to join the Smart City Expo in Barcelona?
There are a lot of events in the world, but we cannot miss the Expo in Barcelona. We have to be there! It is the place where we can meet other cities and companies. Last year at the Expo, there was a lot of interest in our products, but we could not show the Lightmotion yet. This year, we don’t only have a good story, we also have examples of orders. In the Netherlands, we just sold 10 Lightmotions, lampposts that charge cars, and 10 Bikemotions, lampposts that charge electric bikes.
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