In the Sint-Andries district, the city of Antwerp and Imec have set up a smart zone in close consultation with the district, its residents and its retailers. The technology companies will test new solutions with feedback from the users. In the meantime, four concepts were chosen, which could lead to concrete projects in the zone in 2019.
Two concepts focus on smart lighting, where sensors are placed on lighting poles. This allows the lighting to be adjusted to specific needs in real time. A third concept is a game via augmented reality on climate adaptation. The fourth and final concept is an app with an insightful map that gives tips to cross the zone in a pleasant and healthy way in the case of a heat wave or to help people finding a shady place.
In a smart zone, companies test new solutions with feedback from the users. This makes the city and the companies smarter. Via Digipolis, the technology partner of the city, the city and Imec started to search for companies that want to offer answers to real challenges in the Sint-Andries district. They were asked to develop a technologically driven innovative concept that will lead to a concrete project in the smart zone in 2019.
Four concepts were chosen. The intention is that the companies involved, can focus together more on the concept idea this autumn, with target groups and experts.
Smart Lighting Theme
In the smart zone, an initial test will be running from October on smart lighting, which will examine how smart lighting can contribute to a more pleasant, more sustainable and safer city. Two concepts have also been selected for smart lighting. By allowing two additional companies to test their technology in the smart zone, the city and Imec have the opportunity to compare the technologies.
The first concept of Smartnodes provides an innovative technology that makes it possible to equip lighting poles with extra smart sensors that register movement, sound, heat and other things. These so-called smart nodes are capable of communicating with each other and taking decisions on the basis of complex rules. For example, the street lighting can only start when there is movement, which leads to energy savings.
For the second concept, Cronos Public Services work together with Tvilight and Cisco. Tvilight supplies sensors that measure heat, humidity and other things. These sensors can be installed on existing lighting infrastructure. Cronos Public Services want to install a dozen sensors to carry out tests.
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