A Council Authority had an immediate challenge to replace a redundant street lighting solution (both luminaires and the control system). The original system utilised an early machine-to-machine network which was costly to run. The Council were faced with the decision of procuring a solution that would just replace the existing system or one that could be developed into a wider Smart City solution and integrate other inputs, such as: CCTV, environmental monitoring, road temperatures, traffic insight etc. The ultimate risk was that selection of the wrong solution and communications technology could cause long-term issues, like redundant technology and sunk costs.
Hammock attended and supported the Council in a two-day supplier/technology presentation event reviewing the current supplier solutions and communication technology. This involved assessing the Central Management System of the core solution, the interoperability of the solution and its components, the standards adopted and the communications networks (Cellular, Mesh, LoRaWan, and NB-IoT).
Hammock produced a review of the event, the pros and cons of the different solutions and a strategy document and roadmap of how the Council could proceed. Supplementary to the report was guidance on how a procurement process could be run in order to select the most viable solution that would meet its short and long-term requirements.
The support Hammock provided enabled the Council to understand the current market and available technologies, develop a clear technology roadmap to meet a longer term Smart City vision and ultimately create a procurement strategy that would see them secure the right solution for their needs.
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