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Internet of Things platform announced for Crossmolina


Ger Flanagan

A Smart City and Energy Efficiency project has been announced for Crossmolina by a leading networking platform solutions provider for smart energy networks.
The project, the first of its kind in Ireland, was announced at the Energy Ireland Conference 2016 last Thursday by Silver Spring Networks with the aim of increasing asset management and energy efficiency, improving public safety and accelerating Internet of Things opportunities in the West of Ireland.
The company has deployed an Internet of Things (IoT) network canopy for Mayo County Council for smart street lighting and a residential energy efficiency project, which is being part-funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
Rachel Eyres, UK and Ireland Director for Silver Spring Networks explained more to The Mayo News about the project.
“We are doing this project in collaboration with Mayo County Council and the SEAI who are responsible for the transition of Ireland to a low carbon society An intelligent street lighting network will be deployed across the whole of the town which will then put in place a networking platform (IoT).
“This is next going to be used for a domestic energy efficiency project so people in their homes will be able to engage with their energy consumption and the council will be able to manage and control the street lights, saving money and delivering services much better,” she added.
The Council will also be able to leverage the network foundation in place to deploy future smart city applications such as smart traffic controls, smart parking management, smart water, gas and electricity networks along with electric vehicle chargers among others.

With the primary focus on energy conservation,  Rachel went on to explain the differences people of Crossmolina should expect with this project.
“The biggest impact on cities or local authorities budgets are aging street lights that can cost up to 40 percent on a budget, so by putting in place systems that can schedule, dim and control the lights in a more intelligent way then you can hugely reduce that cost,” she said.
In addition to all this, Mayo County Council and the SEAI are leveraging Silver Spring wireless IoT networks and connected EDMI smart meters to offer Crossmolina residents near real-time insights, recommendations and bill projections for their electric and gas consumption through a web based and mobile-optimised customer portal.
Peter McLoughlin, Executive Engineer in Mayo County Council, highlighted the importance of this project to the Council and to the residents of Crossmolina.
“This technology enhances Mayo County Council objectives of reducing energy consumption, reducing C02 emissions and reducing cost, but more importantly, it increases the ability of the community to interact with and understand their energy use,” he said.
The projects leverage the award-winning technology underpinning “Starfish,” Silver Spring’s international IoT network service offering.
Silver Springs Networks is a global provider of IoTs networking platform with almost 24 million devices connected to their platform around the world and Rachel says they are now focusing on regions around Ireland that are real leaders in the decarbonisation of energy.
“ The level of renewables on the Irish electricity grid is very high and there is a real focus amongst the local authorities here on C02 reductions to meet the 2020 target.. So Ireland as a country is a big focus for us in Europe,” she said.
“As a country, it is relatively small and very innovative and there is a lot of scope there to progress these types of initiative and for collaborations between different stakeholders.”
Eric Dresselhuys, Silver Spring’s EVP of Global development has called on other town and cities in Ireland to replicate Crossmolina by laying the foundation for long-term energy efficiency, sustainability and infrastructure modernisation.
“We encourage energy and city leaders in Ireland to call on examples of our proven, reliable, secure and scalable technology that has been demonstrated in Crossmolina, as well as in five continents across the world, to kick-start their own programmes,” he said.
In addition to Crossmolina, Silver Spring will deploy Starfish in Bristol, Copenhagen, Glasgow and London along with Chicago, San Antonio and San Jose in the US with Kolkata in India also receiving it.