Street lights as an IoT platform

A lighting control system will be built in the city district of Viinikka. The system will act as a platform for different kinds of sensors and controls, among other things. The district will also have a fibre network that covers street light hubs and traffic light controllers. As a result, the lighting network will start to function as a telecommunications network and a platform for different services.

A block-by-block concept, developed by Wirepas Oy and Capelon Ab, will be piloted as a platform solution. The concept enables the implementation of IoT solutions block by block, with scalable progress. The solution is based on an open IoT platform, which gives service providers an opportunity to integrate their sensors or apps into the system.

Who and how can utilize?

Businesses, universities and research institutes can access the network free of charge. The City will also carry out various experiments and pilots in it.

If you are interested in developing services and applications in the platform, please contact Markku Niemi.


Proactive condition monitoring of street light poles

The sensors mounted on the street lamp top measure the wobble of the posts. Artificial intelligence (AI) provides early data on structural degradation of data and allows for correct timing of repairs. This avoids, among other things, dangers caused by the fall of the poles. Sudden changes, such as those caused by a collision, are also detected in near real-time. This pilot will be implemented in cooperation with Quva Oy.

Street lighting control

Regarding the optimisation of street lighting control, a pilot project focusing on the needs-based lighting of park fields is under way. Condition sensors for weather or outdoor conditions as well as motion sensors for controlling lighting are used in the pilot.

In future, lighting can be controlled by combining the data output of various sensors in relation to the weather or outdoor conditions, the predicted and real-time traffic volume and extraordinary circumstances (such as roadworks, emergency vehicles or authority guidance). This enables a higher level of service as well as energy savings.

The shift from the pilot to the production phase is under way. The City of Tampere is tendering the IoT platform, which uses a street lighting control system as its primary platform.


Markku Niemi

Senior Business Advisor

Smart Connectivity

Business Tampere

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