Osram, Paradox Engineering, and Mineabea to turn lighting infrastructures into smart city networks

Leading smart lighting specialist Osram chooses PE.AMI technology by Paradox Engineering to enhance its portfolio of LED luminaires for street and urban environments. Osram will equip Smart City lighting products with Paradox Engineering’s network technology to provide cities with the opportunity to turn their public lighting infrastructures into Smart Urban Networks to support and manage multiple urban services. Paradox Engineering, a member of Minebea Group, is sharing its Smart City vision with Osram to develop innovative solutions based on the Internet of Things, taking advantage of Minebea’s increasing role in the lighting market.

Street lighting is one of the domains many communities are focusing on, since it represents a major cost item in cities’ balance sheets, has a clear impact on livability and affects environmental performance. Osram offers a complete portfolio of energy-efficient, low-maintenance, durable and reliable LED luminaires to ensure the maximum light quality and safety for roads, crossroads and parking facilities, as well as pedestrian zones, plazas and urban parks.

Along the line that urban street lighting develops in lively economies, by integrating PE.AMI technology Osram’s LED streetlight devices acquire the capability to provide a telecommunication network for the future, being connected to a reliable wireless network to enable remote control and management. Each luminaire will be part of a meshed network, reliable and efficient by design, enabling interconnectivity between luminaires and integrating other data sources such as availability of parking spaces, metering sensors in general.

Together with Paradox Engineering, Osram is therefore offering an interoperable and flexible Smart Urban Network platform to support smart lighting applications at first instance, with readily available and out-of-the-box possibilities to be expanded to other city services such as parking management, remote meter reading, solid waste collection, public Wi-Fi, and virtually any Internet of Things application that can be developed on PE.AMI’s open standard based solution.

“Combining our expertise in city lighting with Paradox Engineering’s proven and state-of-the-art wireless communication technology will allow us to offer the next generation in street lighting”, said Eladia Pulido, Chief Executive Officer of Osram’s business unit Lighting Solutions.

“From the Internet of Things perspective, we can think of street lighting as a citywide distributed communication system, and leverage it as the backbone to build a genuine smart urban network. Thanks to our PE.AMI technology, luminaires as well as the multitude of objects which are disseminated in our cities are smart nodes of this network, supporting narrowband and broadband wireless communications to enable a number of applications, from public lighting to parking, from energy distribution to video surveillance, and many more”, adds Gianni Minetti, President and Chief Executive Officer, Paradox Engineering SA. “That’s our vision for future-proof cities, and that’s exactly the journey with Osram and our parent company Minebea”.

“We are happy to contribute with Osram and Paradox Engineering to innovating the lighting industry and bringing value to customers”, says Yoshihisa Kainuma, Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, Minebea Co. Ltd. “When I became Minebea’s CEO seven years ago, we registered Electro Mechanics Solutions in Japan, one of our trademarks which shows our future destination. It is no exaggeration to say that our dream has come true when our Paradox Engineering’s technology is used for street lights connected to a network and equipped with electronic and machined components through collaboration with Osram and Paradox Engineering. Osram highly values the Smart City project we’re implementing in the Kingdom of Cambodia, and we hope to extend our collaboration in the near future. We are already working with Osram to promote our new LED lighting equipment SALIOT (Smart Adjustable Light for the Internet Of Things) in Europe, and will continue to strengthen our lighting equipment lineup to be the partner of choice of Smart Cities looking for reliable and efficient solutions”.

Capitalizing Paradox Engineering’s expertise in the Internet of Things domain, the three companies are also collaborating to explore large-scale use of some emerging technologies, including the deployment of motion, temperature or any other sensor for adaptive lighting, citizen engagement through Bluetooth Low Energy technology and a full scale potential of a true sentient city.

Osram, Paradox Engineering and Minebea will address Smart markets across Europe, Middle East and Africa with a joint market strategy, presenting their solutions at Light Middle East 2016, which will take place in Dubai on October 31-November 2.


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