Smart City-ready solar street lights in Tilburg

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In the night of October 3rd, city councillor Mario Jacobs officially revealed two very special street lights in the city of Tilburg, the Netherlands. The two Soluxio solar light posts are the first off-grid solar light poles in Tilburg: a city that's one step closer to the future of smart cities.

Street lighting will play an important role in the cities of the future. A light post that generates its own energy can serve as a charging station for smartphones, notebooks or electrical vehicles or bikes. “In the future of the smart city, street lights will regulate traffic and measure air quality” says Lennert van den Berg, founder of FlexSol Solutions. The two Soluxio solar street lights could therefore play an important role in the city of Tilburg.

Like all Soluxios, the two solar street lights in Tilburg are connected to the internet wirelessly. The software and lighting scheme will receive updates through the online management platform. The masts indicate when maintenance is due automatically. Other smart city applications such as cameras or air quality sensors can be integrated in the future using the integrated data bus, giving the municipality maximum flexibility. The Soluxio is truly sustainable and ready for the future.

Read more about the solar street light installation in Tilburg.

What is the goal of the project?

Tilburg needed a temporarily relocatable, self-sustaining lighting solution. Since the annual fair occupies the Besterd Square once a year, regular lighting solutions cannot be constructed here.
Due to dynamic dimming, the Soluxio solar light post adjusts its brightness to the time of night. Neighbouring residents will therefore experience as little light nuisance as possible. The remote monitoring system of the Soluxio solar light post will also report any anomaly in the light output, making this the most reliable solar lighting option available on the market.

What is the result of the project?

The short term result is to light the square during the off-time of the annual fair. The remote management system will gather data during this period that helps define reliable smart solutions for future generations of the Soluxio.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

The municipality of Tilburg reached out to SAPA Pole Products for their lighting needs, who requested the product from partner FlexSol Solutions.

What is the next step?

Subsequent models of the Soluxio solar light post will support smart city sensors such as weather prediction sensors, air quality monitors and/or traffic regulators.

What can other cities learn from your project?

The flexible nature of this city environment and the absence of an electricity grid underneath the square makes the Soluxio a cheap alternative to standard street lights. But the real success factor of the street light is its remote monitoring system. The monitoring system can support a range of smart city applications.

When a new street is build in a location without an electricity grid - for example, in a mountainous area or near waterworks - autonomous lighting posts can save costs. Even densely-packed cities like Amsterdam have areas that are protected or do not allow for cable trenching: the Soluxio is an ideal solution for these locations.

These installed street lights will be able to support a system of sensors that measure factors such as traffic flow or air quality. The data gathered by these smart technologies can improve infrastructure on a global level.