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Uruguay to build world’s largest smart street lighting system in Montevideo

National Narrowband Network Company (NNNCo), operator of the Australian national LoRaWAN network powered by Actility, has signed a contract with a European technology provider Wellness TechGroup, to provide IoT network coverage to 70,000 smart streetlights in Uruguay’s capital Montevideo.

LoRaWAN stands for low-power wide-area network. It defines the communication protocol and system architecture for the network, while the LoRa physical layer enables the long-range communication link. LoRaWAN is also responsible for managing the communication frequencies, data rate, and power for all devices.

The Montevideo infrastructure will include a private LoRaWAN network based on Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise IoT platform, and managed on customer premises.

NNNCo says the project will cover 200 square kilometers and provide smart street lighting to more than 1.3 million people, improving community and road safety, and reducing carbon emissions by up to 80 percent.

It is believed that this will be “LoRaWAN’s largest smart street lighting projects in the world powered by Actility”.

This initiative will also establish an infrastructure-based network that can accommodate other smart city initiatives.

Montevideo’s new public lighting system will be one of the largest smart street lighting projects over LoRaWAN to date.

LoRaWAN technology was selected to ensure a low total cost of ownership, advanced technical attributes, high security, flexible network deployment models, optimization of battery life and the ability to access a fast-growing ecosystem of other solutions.

The city will be able to benefit from LoRaWAN thanks to ThingPark Enterprise, which is specifically designed for enterprises and cities.

Actility says it’s simple, scalable, and easy to operate, and offers a unique low-power IoT communication infrastructure to enable an infinite number of industrial and smart city use cases.

ThingPark Enterprise comes preconfigured with a series of connectors to popular IoT cloud services including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and IBM Bluemix, and many more.

NNNCo, Wellness TechGroup, Actility and their partners will replace Montevideo’s existing lighting system with LED technology and roll out a powerful and interoperable remote management system, which is designed to reduce carbon emissions by 31,500 tonnes of CO2 per year, a decrease of approximately 80 percent.

The project will also improve the quality of public lighting services and provide greater efficiency and operations management to the whole city.

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