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World's first NB-IoT based Smart Street Lighting system enabled in the Greek city of Patras

Arthur Baoustanos

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World's first NB-IoT based Smart Street Lighting system enabled in the Greek city of Patras serves as a shining example of the infinite potential the Internet of Things can bring to urban areas, as well as the additional benefits of the innovative NB-IoT technology for smart city applications.

Deutsche Telekom Group’s subsidiary in Greece, COSMOTE has implemented a Smart City pilot based on Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology in cooperation with the municipality of Patras. The joint project will offer the citizens and visitors of Patras smart parking and smart lighting solutions in selected locations in the city center.

The installed Smart Lighting systems, part of the Smart City pilot, will be adjusted to different light intensity levels according to the season and time of the day, reducing electric power consumption by up to 70%. NB‑IoT (LTE Cat NB1) positioning modules and chips from u-blox are enabling the Smart Street Lighting Control system from Flashnet in Romania, inteliLIGHT®. More details from the u-blox Press Release here.

The pilot in Patras is not only the first such application in Greece, but also among the first NB-IoT smart city solutions in Europe. In Germany, Deutsche Telekom Group is also working with the cities of Hamburg, Dortmund, Duisburg, and Moers to offer smart parking solutions based on NB-IoT. 

The NB‑IoT protocol targets IoT applications that have low bandwidth requirements, as such it is ideal for smart lighting. As part of the LTE family of standards, NB‑IoT can be supported within existing LTE infrastructure, offering carrier‑grade reliability and security, as well as excellent penetration and stability. 

Read more about the Smart City solution full story here.

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