We were searching for an open and flexible light management system
“Decades-old public lighting infrastructure resulted in poor illumination with increasing operating and maintenance costs. Inadequate lighting conditions also compromised public and traffic safety. We wanted to address these issues in an efficient way. At the same time, we wanted Dortmund to be future-ready through smart connected infrastructure,” explained Mr. Meinolf Pflug from the Dortmund Civil Engineering Office.
“The cable infrastructure and the cabinet switching points are not owned by the city and therefore cannot be used for switching or controlling the street lights. Furthermore, many of the street lights are required to be powered 24 x 7h due to multiple infrastructural reasons,” adds Mr. Jan Wiesemann, Project Manager from lighting specialist Trilux.
Dortmund underwent intensive planning and tendering phase. It was naturally important to meet the lighting and road safety requirements. A significant reduction in costs and CO2 emissions were also expected. The City Council also expressed a strong desire to make public lighting infrastructure flexible and open for future use. Furthermore, the smart street lighting system should be able to interoperate with other smart infrastructure and be Smart City ready. “This extensive market exploration process formed the basis for the specifications of the new lighting systems in Dortmund,” concludes Mr. Pflug.