Scalable technologies bring cities the benefits of data-driven infrastructure
By 2025, it is projected that 58 percent of the world's population will live in urban areas.¹ As a result, cities need connected intelligence to meet the demands of rapid urbanization while protecting public safety, achieving sustainability goals, and improving quality of life for citizens. Increasingly, cities are turning to IoT-based solutions to help address these critical issues. Mindteck* 's smart solutions, based on robust, scalable Intel® architecture, are helping cities enhance a broad spectrum of vital functions—including smart lighting and smart parking—with targeted, cost-effective deployments that increase transparency, inform decision-making, and broaden citizen engagement.
The path to smart city transformation is not without its complexities. Cities are comprised of intricate intersections of agencies, systems, and processes serving diverse functions and services—from transportation and utilities to governance and infrastructure. To meet these challenges, smart city solutions must be manageable, scalable, secure, interoperable, and sustainable.
Mindteck brings its long-standing expertise in embedded systems and enterprise infrastructure to IoT-based smart city deployments. Its solutions, powered by high-performance Intel architecture, enable cities to develop smarter solutions for lighting, parking, buildings, utilities, healthcare, and governance.
Open, standards-based solutions based on Intel architecture provide end-to-end security, intelligent connectivity, exceptional performance, manageability, and a reliable road map—from the edge to the cloud—to help cities become smarter, safer, and more livable.
Smart lighting helps make cities safer while managing energy costs. The Zigbee smart lighting solution from Mindteck— running on Intel architecture-based IoT gateways—is an intelligent, wireless lighting control system for both outdoor and indoor use cases. Simple to deploy and manage, yet robust in scope, the system provides near-real-time intelligence and centralized control. The result is a reduction of up to 70 percent in lighting costs, improved occupant experience, and increased visibility into building operations.²
Cities benefit from the system's open architecture and proven wireless networking technology, resulting in a significant reduction in management and maintenance costs.
Mindteck's smart lighting system enables street lights to be manually or programmatically turned on, off, or dimmed from a remote location via Zigbee wireless networks. Additional system features include monitoring and control of switching and dimming, operations management, near-real-time failure alerts, and reduced carbon dioxide emissions. The system may also be integrated with motion sensors to provide additional operational flexibility.
Mindteck's solution also utilizes an intelligent wireless mesh network that eliminates physical control panels and miles of dedicated control wiring. Wireless gateways centrally manage the network and controls for selected streets, locations, floors, or an entire building. Third-party sensors, wall switches, ballasts, LED drivers, and fixtures communicate with gateway controllers and each other via wireless components installed in each device. The solution is compatible with standard commercial lighting products, including fluorescent and LED fixtures.
SMART LIGHTING FEATURES
- Significant energy savings, ranging from 40 to 70 percent²
- Maintenance cost savings as a result of near-real-time lighting outage reporting
- Enables intelligent energy saving strategies, including scheduling, occupancy, day lighting, task tuning, demand response, and more
- Complies with green building regulations; may qualify for utility and government rebates
- Based on Zigbee* open standards with secure wireless communication
- Flexible configuration
- Highly customizable and scalable solution adaptable for smaller locations and larger geographical areas
- Zigbee wireless mesh network ensures reliable control and monitoring from a central location
- Multiple energy loads manageable from a single system
- Product features may be enhanced remotely
- Simple deployment and commissioning
- Comprehensive reporting via user-friendly online software
Zigbee* is the wireless language that everyday devices use to connect to one another. Zigbee standards are driven by specific market requirements to create market-relevant products. zigbee.org
Smart parking technology contributes to reduced traffic congestion, more efficient fuel consumption, and improved quality of life. Mindteck provides a range of smart parking solutions based on wireless magneto-sensors, ultrasonic sensors, and Wi-Fi cameras to manage on-street, off-street, and multilevel parking.
Video analytics and application
The Mindteck video analytics application runs image processing, machine learning, and statistical analysis algorithms to determine vehicle occupancy. Data is regularly updated in the parking guidance reporting and server application. The guidance and reporting subsystem provides an overview of parking occupancy status. It also identifies parking availability to users via a smartphone mobile application.
Smart parking dashboard
Live camera feed
Smart parking utilization report
An easy-to-use, web-based interface keeps users informed based on near-real-time analytics
SMART PARKING FEATURES
- Application allows users to control parking meters, reserve parking spaces in advance for a specific time period, and effect payment via e-wallet
- Automated parking occupancy detection using Wi-Fi cameras
- Accurate detection of vehicle presence within 30 seconds of parking
- Traffic enforcement officers are able to quickly and easily ensure parking compliance and track citations both on the ground and remotely
- Operates in all weather conditions with more than 85 percent detection reliability³
- Outdoor and indoor automobile, motorcycle, and bicycle parking occupancy detection citywide
- Supports third-party integration of multiple APIs for a variety of civic services
- Web-based mobile application incorporates a parking occupancy dashboard as well as a near-real-time parking guidance system
- Server application provides parking occupancy video analytics and comprehensive reporting
- Parking lot application enables semiautomatic, one-time camera calibration
How It Works in Brief
Zigbee smart lighting system architecture
The Zigbee-based lighting system developed by Mindteck consists of three main components: the Zigbee gateway, lighting nodes, and a UI application. Intelligent lighting nodes installed on street lights control power consumption and brightness levels, and power on/off controls.
Each Zigbee gateway controls a group of up to 500 street lights. The gateway controls the nodes via ambient light sensors that measure light intensity, utilizing a 3G/LTE interface to communicate with the cellular base station.
Smart lighting architecture based on Zigbee* standards
Mindteck smart parking architecture
The Mindteck parking solution uses ultrasonic sensors for multilevel parking and magneto-optic sensors for street parking implementations to provide near-real-time occupancy detection.
Wireless sensor-based car occupancy detection
The solution incorporates wireless parking occupancy sensors; wireless routers and network coordinators; data collectors and gateways; and server-side guidance and reporting applications. Ruggedly constructed parking sensors are centrally mounted at individual parking spaces. The sensors are battery operated and easily replaceable, with battery lives of up to seven years. Parking occupancy sensors send status updates to designated routers based on changes in vehicle presence. Wireless data collectors and gateways provide IP connectivity to the device network.
The data collector subsystem in the server application initially polls current parking occupancy status. Thereafter, it receives parking occupancy updates that are in turn forwarded to the reporting and guidance subsystem in the server application. The reporting subsystem provides an overview of parking occupancy and identifies parking availability to users.
Parking occupancy detection and management
Mindteck's parking occupancy detection and management system uses field-mounted Wi-Fi-based cameras and provides a robust, reliable, and cost-effective end-to-end solution. It utilizes Wi-Fi-based outdoor HD cameras, Wi-Fi routers, and Wi-Fi range extenders to provide the requisite Wi-Fi coverage and high-end server infrastructure. The solution incorporates both sensor-based and field-mounted Wi-Fi IP camera-based subsystems for outdoor, street, and indoor parking.
Smart parking architecture integrates camera and sensor data
More Use Cases for Smart City Deployments
Mindteck, in tandem with other consortium partners, participated in the statewide implementation of e-NagarPalika*, an Indian e-governance initiative. This partnership provides urban local bodies with powerful data analysis capabilities for information management and enhanced public service offerings. These offerings include the issuance of birth and death certificates, building approval permissions, and other governmentrelated documents and services.
Mindteck's smart building solutions include system efficiency analysis, microgrids for power management, lighting control systems, and operational analytics.
This suite of solutions for smart energy and utilities includes meter data acquisition, wireless water meters, PV monitoring dashboards, and EV charging systems.
This feature-rich meter data acquisition system is compatible with various types of meters.
Mindteck collaborated with a European medical device manufacturer to receive FDA approval for its flagship portable remote diagnostic device used to monitor and transmit a variety of medical data in near-real time to physicians working in remote locations.
Mindteck's smart lighting and smart parking solutions powered by Intel architecture allow cities to benefit from the connected intelligence and near-realtime insight of IoT with manageable, scalable implementations. Together, Mindteck and Intel are enabling smart city deployments that help reduce costs and improve quality of life.
The Foundation for IoT
The Mindteck solution is just one example of how Intel works closely with the ecosystem to help enable smart IoT solutions based on standardized, scalable, reliable Intel® architecture and software. These solutions range from sensors and gateways to server and cloud technologies to data analytics algorithms and applications. Intel provides essential end-toend capabilities—performance, manageability, connectivity, analytics, and advanced security—to help accelerate innovation and increase revenue for enterprises, service providers, smart cities, transportation, buildings, and industry.
Mindteck is a global technology company devoted to delivering knowledge that matters to help clients compete, innovate, and move forward. Established in 1991, the company provides product engineering and information technology services to top-tier Fortune 1000 clients, start-ups, leading universities, and government entities around the globe.
The company serves a variety of industries, including government, healthcare, life sciences, medical device, manufacturing, industrial automation, semiconductor, storage, and energy. Its legacy expertise in embedded systems, enterprise applications, and testing is complemented by experience developing and deploying smart city and IoT solutions worldwide. The company has collaborations with global technology ecosystems including the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, Thread Group, IoT Global Network, and Zigbee Alliance.
Mindteck's focus on IoT and machine-to-machine learning, as well as its deep understanding of wireless design and connectivity solutions, have led to its nomination to the Bureau of Indian Standards—a panel that is helping design infrastructure standards for smart cities in India.
For more information about Intel® IoT Technology and the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, please visit intel.com/iot.
1. Frost & Sullivan, 2014, http://ww2.frost.com/news/press-releases/frost-sullivan-global-smart-cities-market-reach-us156-trillion-2020.
2. Based on 250K street light controller installation and data collected for two years by Mindteck. Includes replacement of luminaries by LED and dimming and timing control.
3. Based on tests carried out at deployed sites by Mindteck.
Estimated results were obtained prior to implementation of recent software patches and firmware updates intended to address exploits referred to as “Spectre” and “Meltdown.” Implementation of these updates may make these results inapplicable to your device or system.
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