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Product Technology 06.03.2019

Smarter data and service management for truly Open Cities

Neptune generation of PE Smart Urban Network by Paradox Engineering enables Open Cities by providing greater flexibility and interoperability.

Swiss technology company Paradox Engineering is introducing new Neptune generation of its PE Smart Urban Network solution, providing an interoperable, scalable management platform to fully control streetlights, parking facilities, sensor-based applications and other urban services in an Open City perspective.

First launched in 2011, PE Smart Urban Network marked a breakthrough for Smart Cities, offering a single, unified infrastructure to manage both multi-sensor Wireless Internet of Things (IoT) applications such as streetlight management, parking management, smart metering, etc., and Wireless Highspeed IoT services such as pervasive WiFi, video surveillance and other high-bandwidth applications.

The Neptune generation enhances PE Smart Urban Network’s flexibility and interoperability, and enables Open Cities to design and implement a non-proprietary infrastructure to manage multiple services at once, allowing seamless integration of third party systems and devices.

“We’ve always been advocating open standards and interoperability, making them a distinctive feature of our smart IoT solutions”, explained Gianni Minetti, CEO at Paradox Engineering. “With the Neptune generation of PE Smart Urban Network, we are pushing forward a truly unified technology and data model for open wireless environments, and we expect it will accelerate the development of innovative applications for smarter Cities and their communities. In the same spirit, as part of MinebeaMitsumi Group, we have recently joined the uCIFI Alliance to further contribute to the development of open, multi-supplier, interoperable, multi-transport wireless communication solutions for Cities and utilities."

In addition to interoperability, the Neptune generation of PE Smart Urban Network offers City managers higher efficiency and greater quality in operating key urban services, with improved decision making and quicker return on investment. Leveraging data generated by connected objects and sensors, City managers can reduce power consumption and GHG emissions of streetlights up to 80%, increase parking facilities usage and reduce traffic congestion up to 30%, make Cities more agreeable, liveable and safer, while fostering local economy through the development and delivery of new applications and services.

Within the new generation of PE Smart Urban Network, PE Smart CMS Neptune is the open and extensible management software platform providing full feature monitoring and control of streetlights, parking lots and any connected IoT device through intuitive web applications. It supports from a few up to hundreds of thousands of connected objects.

“Together with Paradox Engineering, we started to develop a smart network in Massagno back in 2017. With PE Smart CMS Neptune we now have an improved, more flexible, intuitive and robust management system, supporting us in the growth of our urban infrastructure for present and future needs”, stated Paolo Rossi, director at AEM SA, the Swiss energy provider among the first to pilot PE Smart CMS Neptune. “We have been serving Massagno and surroundings for more than 90 years, looking after the continuity and quality of power supply, as well as the development of the region and the well-being of its communities. The Smart Urban Network is boosting the efficiency and quality of our services, and enabling the innovation of Ticino Canton in the medium-long run."

Key features of PE Smart CMS Neptune include accurate network management and device control to monitor and manage all connected objects, setting key parameters, triggering immediate actions or defining command schedules for single or grouped devices (ie. switching lights on/off or adjust dimming levels, execute lighting patterns in a given combination of day/time, along given luminance values, or upon vehicle transit).

Reliable event management features are provided to easily and accurately track status information of connected objects, receiving warnings and alarms anytime an anomaly is detected. The solution allows efficient network commissioning through a set of vertical applications including inventory and asset management, Over-the-Air firmware and script updates. Thanks to advanced reporting and analytics, City operators can generate customized and actionable reports for single or grouped devices.

Video materials are available on Paradox Engineering’s YouTube channel. The AR Smart City mobile app can be downloaded for free from Apple Store or Google Play to experience a unique Augmented Reality immersion into PE Smart Urban Network and IoT applications for Open Cities.

For further information about PE Smart Urban Network and the Neptune generation, please visit https://www.pdxeng.ch/smart-city and https://www.pdxeng.ch/interoperability