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NB-IoT Street Lighting in China

In the past, sodium lamps have been expensive to install and maintain, requiring manual inspection and manual controls.

  • China Mobile
    As the leading telecommunications services provider in Mainland China, the Group provides full communications services in all 31 provinces, autonomous regions and directly-administered municipalities throughout Mainland China and in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and boasts a world-class telecommunications operator with the world's largest network and customer base, a leading position in profitability and market value ranking.Its businesses primarily consist of mobile voice and data business, wireline broadband and other information and communications services.As of 31 December 2018, the Group had a total of 459,152 employees, and a total connection of 1.633 billion, with its annual revenue totalling RMB736.8 billion.
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Product Development
  • Chinese cities town halls. 

  • Across China, these traditional lighting methods are being replaced by intelligent LED lighting. LED lighting is easier to control and cheaper to operate, and by connecting the lamps to a control center, dynamic control can be achieved, removing the need for manual inspections and interventions.

    China Mobile has a 2G/GPRS powered smart street lighting service already available. This has been deployed in a number of cities including the city of Longnan, the city of Bahzou and the Wudang district of the city of Guizhou. The China Mobile solution can integrate various kinds of sensors into the connected street lamp, including environmental, traffic and security monitoring, making full use of the connectivity nodes.

  • Energy Consumption Rate, Lighting, Tracking Of Assets, Traffic Flow
  • Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
  • Impact #1
    [Cost Reduction - Maintenance]
    Cost Reduction – A quicker, simpler way to manage the streetlights across the different pilot implementations has led to reduced management and maintenance costs. The ability to remotely monitor the status of streetlights, change the lighting up time or lighting intensity means that energy bills are lower and the cost of manual inspections is much reduced.
    Impact #2
    [Data Management - Data Integration]
    Sensor & Data Integration – The integration of sensors into the light pole to monitor environmental conditions or traffic is simple to achieve, as they are able to share the same connection and relay data to the same management platform. This means all the sensor and lighting data can be seen in the same place. In addition, via API access, this data is accessible to China Mobiles customers, so that they can integrate the data into their own platforms and provide their own unique services and analysis on their local environment.
    Impact #3
    [Cost Reduction - Energy]
    Energy Saving – One of the core benefits of LED bulbs is low energy consumption. NB-IoT is also optimized for energy consumption, and together they make a good fit. By building a connected streetlight that has minimal energy needs, the costs of running lights across a city can be significantly reduced.
  • Smart City Operations
    Smart city operations include the range of solutions required to enable smart city concepts by integrating information and communication technology with senors and connected devices to optimize the efficiency of city operations and services. Smart city technology allows city officials to interact with both community members and city infrastructure and to monitor situation in the city in real time. Benefits for city managers include tracking events in the city in real time, managing congestion, improving operational efficiency, reducing emergency response times, and enabling remote management. Modern solutions will aim to integrate all city data into a single dashboard. Both historical and current KPIs are measured to conduct performance reviews and gap analysis, and to plan future infrastucture and service investments.
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