Smart technology by Digi International enables increased operational efficiencies, reduced response times and better levels of citizen services in smart city initiative, the M2M technology company says.
Examples of Digi smart city implementations include:
Electrical car charging stations: AddEnergie develops, manufactures and operates electric vehicle charging products for all market segments and is the provider of the charging infrastructure for the Electric Circuit and the VERnetwork, the two largest charging station networks in Canada. AddEnergie turned to Digi to assist in providing the wireless capabilities to help the VERnetwork and the Electric Circuit serve EV drivers and charging station owners with customer service, access control, payment and energy management. With Digi’s products, AddEnergie was able to develop charging infrastructures featuring a wireless network that could monitor a wide area (parking lots) in a busy urban environment, provide connectivity to each charging station and interface with a third-party energy management system. Through the system, drivers can use an access card to connect vehicles to charging stations, facilitate payments and receive email notifications when the charging is complete as well as a summary of their session. Additionally, operators can monitor charging stations for preventative maintenance and use the PowerSharing and PowerLimiting software, interfaced with Digi products, to notify the charging stations when energy should be lowered.
Automated street lighting: CIMCON Software, a developer of automated street light control systems, needed a rugged solution to connect island street lights and remote electrical monitoring re-closures across the entire island of St. John, US Virgin Islands. CIMCON turned to Digi for a wireless solution that could traverse great ranges and dense brush as well as prove reliable under severe weather conditions. Digi systems connect more than 650 street light controllers (SLCs) to monitor pertinent electrical parameters and control the light in a variety of ways — dimming lights during peak consumption hours or setting schedules to conserve energy. Additionally, the system can eliminate non-essential physical inspections by sending alerts only when required, reducing maintenance costs. In addition to street lighting control, the system enables smartphone applications to allow customers to set up alarms and receive notifications regarding energy consumption and faults, improving customer satisfaction and reducing energy consumption.
Solar powered trash compactors: Bigbelly Solar provides solar-powered waste and recycling systems currently deployed in municipalities, universities, corporations and healthcare organizations throughout the US and more than 47 countries worldwide. Bigbelly turned to Digi Wireless Design Services to design the technology platform to connect solar-powered trash and recycling compactor sensor units for real-time, wireless communications of station status and alerts for pickups. The system allows sanitation departments to manage their entire portfolio of waste and recycling stations. Digi has helped implement the first widespread public space recycling programs in cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston.