Imagine this:You have a flight from Singapore to London at 6:00PM this evening. Since you're running late, you leave the office right in the hustle of all the Singapore evening traffic. As you check your watch, you started panicking and start to wonder if it have been faster to sprint across town!
Luckily, 20 minutes later, you get a message on your phone from your airline company informing they will halt the flight for 30 minutes as half of the passengers are stuck in the traffic just like you are.
This sort of airline-intelligence is becoming a reality with the power of IoT.
Get connected by learning how IoT works below!
What is IoT?
The Internet of Things is essentially a network of internet-connected objects that are able to collect and exchange data using embedded sensors to make intelligent data-driven decisions.
Each "object" (people, animals, or physical things) is assigned a unique identifier and is attached to a IoT hardware package consisting of data-sensors, Bluetooth/wi-fi modules, and micro-controllers. This package then senses, moves and transmits data (usually wirelessly) over the internet to a central processing storage location to another object to make decisions.
To unpack the concept, please refer to the diagram below as it explains how it works.
1. The sensor senses or captures the presence of objects and feedback the signals to luminaire controller.
2. The luminaire controllers together form a mesh network which then feedbacks and receives signal back and forth to gateway.
3. The gateway acting as a communication medium between cloud platform and street lights, transmits data from the light controller to the cloud platform, the storage.
4. The cloud server platform transfers the data and feedbacks to IoT devices to analyse the data and allow devices to automatically or manually decides what to do.
5. The instruction from IOT device is sent back via gateway to controller and again driver to decrease the light output if there are no presence detected.
6. The dimmable driver decreases the current output which then dim down the light output from the module.
How IoT Affects our Everyday Lives?
Smart Street and Industrial Lighting
Progressive OEMs use smart outdoor street and industrial lighting products to:
1. Control and monitor traffic & pedestrian volumes for routes optimization
2. Reduce energy consumption of the lights by the help of sensors
3. Manage security of the roadsby configuring communication between survillence cameras and lights