Adaptive Lighting Delivers Savings to Smart Monthey

24 September 2019 | Geneva, Switzerland

The city of Monthey wants to live up to its European Energy Award and has its sights set on the European Energy Award® GOLD. It therefore has stiff targets with regards to sustainable development, which are made harder to achieve because of significant population growth in the region. This makes the success of their projects related to energy efficiency, mobility issues and traffic management even more critical. One of its key projects is Smart Monthey which has put in place an adaptive lighting system. With approximately 2,050 luminaires installed on the territory of Monthey, innovative solutions like this are fundamental to the achievement of targets for energy savings and cost reduction.

The Background

Between 2015 and 2017, mercury vapour luminaires in Monthey were replaced by LEDs and equipped with a remote management system based on Owlet, a solution for optimising energy consumption developed by Schréder Swiss SA. Smart lighting is made possible through the use of sensors detecting presence of traffic on the roads. This provides the right light at the right time. The luminaires can be further leveraged by the installation of sensors to carry out tasks such as counting vehicles and measuring noise pollution, etc. Anonymised data derived from these sensors can be used to inform the city’s decision making on mobility and other issues.

The Smart Solution

Within the framework of the CityZen association, partners Schréder Swiss and SixSq were chosen to deploy the VolumLight® solution for Smart Monthey. VolumLight® allows the control of lighting according to the volume of traffic in real time. In addition to providing optimal lighting and safety conditions, VolumLight produces valuable traffic data. This is made possible by SixSq’s Nuvla solution, an open-source edge computing platform for scalable smart city solutions.

Pre-processed and anonymised on the edge, the data is analysed, then represented and communicated to the various stakeholders (decision makers, associations, citizens …) via a series of interactive maps and dashboards within ArcGIS Online, the geospatial platform developed by Esri.

Energy savings of over 30% are expected by the end of the project.

About Schréder

Schréder is a worldwide leader in intelligent outdoor lighting solutions. The company, founded in 1907, is present in over 70 countries spanning 5 continents. Our tradition of engineering means we have been at the forefront of innovation throughout our history. The latest wave of urbanism means city centres are becoming more vital than ever: connectivity is crucial. Experts in lightability™, we propose lighting infrastructure that will play a pivotal role in building Smart Cities and future communication networks.

About CityZen

The CityZen initiative brings together Swiss companies with expertise in the field of Smart Cities and acts as a centre of competence for cities and communes which need advice on the concept, integration and realisation of Smart City projects. Thanks to the expertise of SixSq and the other members of the initiative, CityZen covers all the issues which are key to any Smart City strategy: mobility, parking, energy, waste management, security and data management.


Louise Merifield
Co-founder & Operations Manager
+41 77 44 68 170

About SixSq

SixSq is a leader in edge computing B2B platform as a service. The team is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and embraces the Swiss ideals of excellence, innovation and precision. Nuvla, the company’s edge-to-cloud B2B management platform and marketplace, allows customers to deploy a secure and comprehensive edge and cloud strategy, while avoiding lock-in. The NuvlaEdge software turns any x86 or ARM hardware platform into a smart edge device connected to Nuvla to deploy applications in a range of sectors. The result is a secure edge-to-cloud solution that is application-centric, hardware-agnostic, cloud-neutral and container-native.
SixSq is part of the Ekinops Group, a leading network equipment and solutions provider.

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