Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 32 | Page 59

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// FEATURE: SMART CITIES With the Smart Streetlight system, the lighting policy can be flexibly configured and modified on a per-streetlight basis. The management platform provides information about the working status and service life of every streetlight, which reduces the workload of traditional road device inspection. Heavy vehicle management: Almost all industrial cities experience the overloading and speeding of vehicles, which easily damages roads and increases maintenance costs. To prevent this, Yanbu has buried pressure and length sensors in important entrances and exits of the industrial areas. These sensors work with HD License Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras that are set up at the roadside to accurately record information about all vehicles passing by, such as the registration information, speed and weight. Through the networks, routers, and switches, such information will be uploaded to the automatic management system that can assess penalties to vehicles for overloading and speeding. The new dynamic weighing system does not require vehicle docking or manual guidance; therefore, the traffic is not affected. The dynamic weighing system also does not require fixed weighing sites or employees for on-site work, reducing construction and operations costs by 80%. Smart waste management: The Smart Waste Management Solution provides capacity sensors powered by solar energy. With such capacity sensors installed, the fill-level of a garbage bin is reported in real time, so that the administrator can optimise the driving routes of garbage vehicles to improve the garbage collection efficiency. In addition, by integrating terminals such as digital signage, environment monitoring sensors, emergency alarming devices, speakers, and surveillance cameras, the streetlights can provide diverse information (such as emergency notification, business, and weather) and provide convenient services (such as emergency calls and video surveillance). Smart parking: In addition, the oil consumption of garbage vehicles is monitored. The administrator is notified of all exceptional changes in the oil volume to prevent oil theft. The parking lots in Yanbu have long been free of charge for citizens, which leads to unfair allocation of parking resources in popular places. Smart streetlights: While keeping most parking lots free of charge, the smart parking management system charges the residents who use the parking lots in popular places. The old streetlight system had limited management and control over streetlights. The system could simply turn on and off streetlights, and only notify the related management department of streetlight faults. Now, the energy-consuming and high-voltage sodium lamps that could not be remotely controlled have been replaced with new LED lighting modules, which feature low energy consumption, can be automatically turned on/off, and can have brightness adjusted according to the environmental conditions. The use of such modules reduces the lighting energy consumption by 70%. Such a successful combination of technologies and economics ensures that resources are provided based upon citizens’ needs. The usage of a parking space is reported in real time by the geomagnetic and infrared sensor installed on the parking space. The number of available parking spaces and the occupancy duration of each parking space are automatically and quickly determined. Citizens can pay parking fees in various ways, such as using mobile phones and parking fee machines. THESE APPLICATIONS IMPROVE MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION EFFICIENCY, ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY AND CREATE A BETTER LIVING ENVIRONMENT. INTELLIGENTCIO 59