LED automotive lighting becomes a new kinetic energy

As the upstream industry of the automotive industry, automotive lighting periodically synchronizes with the automotive industry. Affected by the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the production and sales of China’s auto industry fell sharply in the first quarter, and the market began to pick up after entering the second quarter.

LED automotive lighting becomes a new kinetic energy

According to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, in May this year, my country’s automobile production and sales both showed double-digit growth year-on-year. This is also the first time to achieve double-digit growth since the decline and rebound in April this year.

The car sales market is gradually recovering, which to a certain extent also drives the LED car lighting market to rebound. According to the forecast of the LED Research Institute of Advanced Industry Research (GGII), as LED automotive lighting begins to gradually penetrate into mid-range models, China’s LED automotive lighting market is expected to exceed 42.5 billion yuan in 2020.

It is precisely based on the obvious recovery of the automotive lighting market. At present, most manufacturers operating automotive lighting-related businesses have achieved steady growth or turned losses into profits. According to Gaogong LED’s observations, Everlight Electronics, Liqing, Seoul Semiconductor, Jinko Electronics, Hongli Zhihui, and other domestic and foreign companies have publicly expressed their optimism about the automotive lighting market.

According to Ye Yinfu, Chairman of Everlight Electronics, “Automotive LEDs will become a new niche market and act as a driving force for operational growth.” Seoul Semiconductor related personnel also pointed out, “In the future, we will further commit to the research and development of driving lights LED technology. ”

Hongli Zhihui has started to deploy the automotive market and automotive products as early as 2004. For many years, it has always been optimistic about the automotive lighting market prospects and established an automotive lighting division. In September 2019, it also signed a strategic cooperation agreement with European lighting brand TUNGSRAM in Budapest, Hungary, to jointly develop the global automotive lighting market.

In order to realize the vision of building a national brand of domestically-produced automotive LEDs, Hongli Zhihui established an automotive semiconductor technology branch in Guangzhou on July 1, 2020.

According to Liu Xinguo, head of the automotive lighting sector of Hongli Zhihui Group, “The localization trend of auto parts is becoming more and more obvious, and more and more independent brands will emerge. I believe that the automotive semiconductor technology branch has Opportunity to be a leading brand of domestic automotive lighting semiconductors.”

The global LED smart street lamp market will enter a stage of rapid development

Trend Force predicts in its latest survey that the global LED smart street lamp market (including only luminaires and a single lighting control system) will usher in rapid development and will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.2% by 2024.

Trend Force predicts in its latest survey that the global LED smart street lamp market (including only luminaires and a single lighting control system) will usher in rapid development, and will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.2% by 2024.  LED lighting manufacturers, such as Signify, Acuity Brands, Zumtobel, Leotek (subsidiary of Lite-On Group) and Unilumin, have released new outdoor smart lighting products and integrated smart lighting solutions, which may improve smart LED The penetration rate of the street lights. However, Trend Force pointed out that downstream LED lighting demand is highly related to the overall economic situation.   Analyst Christine Liu pointed out that governments around the world are trying to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on industries through fiscal policies, smart city construction, and new infrastructure investment. Among these government efforts, in terms of scale, China and North America have made the largest investment in roadside infrastructure. According to data from the US Census Bureau, as of June 2020, the US government has invested US$42.9 billion in roadside infrastructure. Efforts to stimulate the economy through government expenditures are expected to drive the demand for outdoor LED street lights.  Driven by Huawei and Tencent, Chinese companies have become the main driving force for the development of smart street lights.  Generally speaking, smart light poles have six basic functions: smart lighting, information release, security monitoring, environmental detection, charging stations and small 5G base stations. Smart lighting products ranging from modular LED lights to a single light controller are necessary components to achieve these six functions. Trend Force’s smart street light construction project cost analysis found that the average selling price (ASP) of the smartest street light pole with the highest specifications was US$6997.90, of which 2.6% came from smart lighting equipment, and the average selling price was US$182.5.  Although China is the main driving force for the development of smart street lights in the world, large-scale city-level projects are expensive and time-consuming. This is mainly due to the huge land area in China and the huge differences in the needs of various local governments. In addition, the municipal government usually tends to outsource smart street lighting projects to private companies with sufficient resources. These companies are not necessarily proficient in the design and manufacturing of smart street lighting equipment, so they must cooperate with other partners to complete these projects.  On the other hand, because smart street lighting projects involve the Internet of Things and telecommunications, LED lighting manufacturers must cooperate with major technology companies to execute these projects. Therefore, companies with strong resource integration capabilities, such as Huawei and Tencent, are expected to occupy a major share of smart street lighting projects in China.  Trend Force believes that in the smart street light supply chain, if the downstream reach is wider, more and more business opportunities will be found. In order to enter the existing supply chain, LED lighting manufacturers must enhance their service system capabilities, streamline their LED lighting product portfolio and improve the overall service quality, to add more value to existing competitive advantages. At the same time, the government needs to formulate transparent standards for smart street lights and develop a comprehensive smart city blueprint to ensure the healthy development of the LED smart street light industry.

LED lighting manufacturers, such as Signify, Acuity Brands, Zumtobel, Leotek (a subsidiary of Lite-On Group), and Unilumin, have released new outdoor smart lighting products and integrated smart lighting solutions, which may improve smart LED The penetration rate of the street lights. However, Trend Force pointed out that downstream LED lighting demand is highly related to the overall economic situation.

Analyst Christine Liu pointed out that governments around the world are trying to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on industries through fiscal policies, smart city construction, and new infrastructure investment. Among these government efforts, in terms of scale, China and North America have made the largest investment in roadside infrastructure. According to data from the US Census Bureau, as of June 2020, the US government has invested US$42.9 billion in roadside infrastructure. Efforts to stimulate the economy through government expenditures are expected to drive the demand for outdoor LED street lights.

Driven by Huawei and Tencent, Chinese companies have become the main driving force for the development of smart street lights.

Generally speaking, smart light poles have six basic functions: smart lighting, information release, security monitoring, environmental detection, charging stations,and small 5G base stations. Smart lighting products ranging from modular LED lights to a single light controller are necessary components to achieve these six functions. Trend Force’s smart street light construction project cost analysis found that the average selling price (ASP) of the smartest street light pole with the highest specifications was US$6997.90, of which 2.6% came from smart lighting equipment, and the average selling price was US$182.5.

Although China is the main driving force for the development of smart street lights in the world, large-scale city-level projects are expensive and time-consuming. This is mainly due to the huge land area in China and the huge differences in the needs of various local governments. In addition, the municipal government usually tends to outsource smart street lighting projects to private companies with sufficient resources. These companies are not necessarily proficient in the design and manufacturing of smart street lighting equipment, so they must cooperate with other partners to complete these projects.

On the other hand, because smart street lighting projects involve the Internet of Things and telecommunications, LED lighting manufacturers must cooperate with major technology companies to execute these projects. Therefore, companies with strong resource integration capabilities, such as Huawei and Tencent, are expected to occupy a major share of smart street lighting projects in China.

Trend Force believes that in the smart street light supply chain if the downstream reach is wider, more and more business opportunities will be found. In order to enter the existing supply chain, LED lighting manufacturers must enhance their service system capabilities, streamline their LED lighting product portfolio and improve the overall service quality, to add more value to existing competitive advantages. At the same time, the government needs to formulate transparent standards for smart street lights and develop a comprehensive smart city blueprint to ensure the healthy development of the LED smart street light industry.

The scale of global smart light poles will increase by 7.97 billion!

According to a Technavio research report, the global smart pole market is expected to grow by USD 7.97 billion from 2020 to 2024.

The scale of global smart light poles will increase by 7.97 billion!

At present, my country’s smart light pole industry has also developed rapidly under the wave of new infrastructure. It is reported that as of June 2020, my country’s smart street light projects have won the bid for about 100, and the total project scale has reached 24.651 billion RMB.

Then, with the rapid development of the smart light pole industry, what will be the competitive landscape of my country’s smart light pole industry?

According to a research report by Founder Securities, there are currently no less than 400 or 500 companies under the name of “smart light poles”, and there are currently 61 companies that have truly implemented smart light pole projects or are under construction.

Among them, there are three major domestic operators, 4 telecommunications and Internet technology giants, 32 traditional lighting/communication-related companies (including the provision of finished smart light poles and others), and 22 cross-border manufacturers such as security, charging piles, and the Internet.

1, the three major domestic operators

The three major operators of China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom have independently designed and built smart light poles or cooperated with manufacturers due to 5G network deployment requirements, occupying a place in the smart light pole industry.

In the 5G era, the construction of base stations is an important part of network deployment. Compared with 4G, 5G uses a high frequency and a high density of base stations. The construction of base stations in the 5G era faces problems such as difficulty in site selection, large investment, long construction period, and impact on the urban landscape. The smart street light pole is undoubtedly the best carrier for 5G base stations.

The three major domestic operators independently or in cooperation with Huawei and other manufacturers have deployed smart light pole construction. The 5G smart light pole and NB-IoT smart street light projects have been implemented.

2. Communications and Internet technology giants

Alibaba, Tencent, Huawei, ZTE, and other Internet and communication giants rely on technological advantages and platform resources to win multiple projects. They not only cooperate with other hardware manufacturers but also gradually have independently designed smart light poles.

Unisnug released UV disinfection lamp

Only in campus scenes, in the past two decades, the media has publicly recorded dozens of “campus ultraviolet lights hurting people”. Students’ eyes and skin were burned, all because of accidentally turning on or forgetting to turn off. Individual schools and kindergartens have loopholes in installation, management, and use, and people lack the understanding that ultraviolet rays can easily cause mass injuries. Unisnug recently released the intelligent control UV disinfection lamp, which can be turned on by remote control or front-end IPC linkage. It supports infrared human body induction. It stops working immediately when the human body is detected within 4.5 meters, which effectively eliminates human error and improves the safety and convenience of UV lamp use.

Unisnug released UV disinfection lamp

In life, viruses, bacteria, and molds that are invisible to the naked eye are everywhere. The current COVID-19 pandemic is spreading around the world, and public health incidents are frequent; kitchens and bathrooms in the home are humid, and the cabinets are prone to mold; the elderly and children have low immunity and are prone to seasonal allergies; pets in the house are more likely to be infected with parvovirus when they go out for a week; Pillows are covered with millions of mites…These hidden “killers” will come out to make trouble when the body’s resistance is low. The principle of ultraviolet sterilization uses UVC ultraviolet rays to destroy the DNA molecular structure of microbial cells, making them lose their ability to reproduce and self-replicate, and achieve the effect of sterilization and disinfection. The unisnug intelligent control ultraviolet disinfection lamp adopts wall-mounted installation, which effectively expands the scope of sterilization.

-Two-pronged approach for more sterilization: using the industry’s advanced deep-ultraviolet lamp sterilization technology, equipped with two ultraviolet lamps, combined with a structural optical reflective surface, improving light efficiency and ultraviolet sterilization ability, comprehensive disinfection and sterilization, purifying the air, and one-click on the whole house disinfection. There is a “smell of sunshine” in the air after disinfection;

-Remote control is more convenient: remote control, three-speed timing (30/60/120 minutes) off, delayed 15s to start, personnel can leave calmly; IPC (indoor camera) alarm output interface is connected to the disinfection lamp alarm input, that’s it Setting the UV lamp to turn on and off regularly is an integration and extension with Yushi’s main line products;

-Human body detection is safer: the human body infrared intelligent induction upgrade (dual PIR, any one can be triggered), that is, it will stop immediately when the human body is detected within 4.5 meters, and the delay will start again until the person leaves. It is effectively eliminated by technological means Human error and UV damage, comprehensively improve the safety of UV lamp use.

The intelligent control ultraviolet disinfection lamp illuminates a room of sunlight and starts a healthy life. It is suitable for homes, hotels, schools, kindergartens, hospitals and other scenes. Standardized use can be a weapon to cut off disease transmission. Unisnug takes safety as the core and provides intimate protection for consumers around a variety of life scenarios.

Precautions for use

1. When using UV disinfection lamps, people, animals and plants must leave the UV irradiation area.

2. Ultraviolet rays have certain damage to human skin and mucous membranes. Do not stare at the ultraviolet disinfection lamp for a long time. Take care to protect yourself.

3. When disinfecting items, spread or hang the items to expand the irradiation surface, the effective distance is one meter, and the irradiation is about 30 minutes.

4. Keep the environment clean during use. When the indoor temperature is less than 20°C or the relative humidity is more than 50%, the irradiation time should be extended.

5. After use, please ventilate first, and then enter the room after 30 minutes.

What scenarios are LED solar street lights suitable for?

In today’s increasingly energy-stricken world, only solar products have broken out. Compared with other energy sources, solar energy is a green resource, energy-saving and environmentally friendly, and is widely used in various scenes of daily life. As a member of the solar energy family, LED solar street lights are also favored by people. However, in practical applications, they will also be subject to many restrictions such as scenes.

What scenarios are LED solar street lights suitable for?

One, rural areas

Rural areas are very suitable for using LED solar street lights, because the natural environment in some rural areas is relatively harsh, which is not suitable for laying cables. Even if it can be laid, the overall cost may be higher than the solar street light itself, which is very uneconomical. Solar street lights are simple to install and have a long service life. In addition, the rural roads are so narrow and small that they do not require high LED light sources, so they are suitable for installing LED solar street lights.

Second, home backyard

If there is an illuminated LED solar street light in the backyard, it can be said to be very convenient, and because of the simple installation, it can also save a lot of electricity bills, and it can be turned on and off, which is very worry-free.

Three, outdoor camping

The most scarce thing from outdoors tonight is light. If you install LED solar street lights in some places that are very suitable for camping, it will not only solve the main problems of campers, but also ensure the safety of these people to a certain extent. The size of the street lamp is very suitable for installing energy storage batteries in it as a backup light at night. Moreover, the installation cost is not high, and there are many people who benefit, so why not do it.

Yangmeitou Zhongxi Grapefruit Park LED lamps

Since its opening in March in Touchongxi Pomelo Park, Yangmei District, it has been loved by many parents and children. The children don’t want to go home after playing but are just a group of climbing game groups in the inclusive playground. One of them resembles a banana. It’s a long white stripe that is regarded by children as a “slide,” but it looks strange. How do you play it? Arouse public discussion.

Yangmeitou Zhongxi Grapefruit Park LED lamps

In this regard, the Municipal Bureau of Public Works clarified that this is an LED lamp in the play gear, which emits blue light at night, not a slippery ladder, to remind the children not to slip anymore.

According to the Works Bureau, the Touchong River Pomelo Park opened in 2016 is located at Lane 256, Section 1, Ruixi Road, Yangmei District. It covers an area of about one hectare. The construction of the park’s inclusive playground started in October last year and was completed in February this year. Opened in March, the inclusive playground is equipped with a set of combined swings (parent-child, bird’s nest, vertical nets, etc.), a set of LED light climbing sets, a set of bunkers, and two sets of bounce beds providing a variety of changes, Challenge unlimited game space.

The Bureau of Public Works reminded us that the LED light climbing group provides different climbing spaces for children aged three to ten years old. They can have fun in the play equipment set. The play equipment includes LED light poles, which can be used as night lighting, from 6:30 pm to The lights are on at 0:30 in the morning and cannot be used as climbing and sliding ladders. Parents who bring children to play should pay special attention to avoid danger.

Signify cooperates with the New York State Power Authority to transform more than 500,000 sets of street lights

Signify recently announced its cooperation with the New York State Electricity Authority (NYPA) to support the state’s promotion of the New York State Smart Street Light Project. The project was proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in early 2018 and is committed to energy-saving retrofits of more than 500,000 sets of street lights in the state with sustainable alternatives.

Signify cooperates with the New York State Power Authority to transform more than 500,000 sets of street lights

Through this project, the New York State Power Authority provides financial, logistics, technical, and information support for cities that want to upgrade their street lighting systems. With the help of smart interconnected LED street lights and Signify’s Interact City IoT lighting system, cities can reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions and make cities more livable. Since the start of the project, more than 50,000 sets of LED street lights have been installed or are being installed.

In addition, as an important part of the project, the New York State Power Authority has designed an innovative financial model to provide low-interest loans for the upgrade of lighting systems in various cities and purchase lighting assets from local equipment vendors. Signify is not only the technology provider for this project but also a trusted advisor and strategic partner for the New York State Power Authority and cities.

“In addition to illuminating the roads, road lighting systems are also an indispensable part of the construction of smart cities. The application of smart interconnected LED lighting systems can not only reduce electricity and maintenance costs, but also give full play to the value-added benefits of the lighting system.” President and CEO Gil Quiniones said.

Rochester street lighting project leader Abebe Woldemariam gave a positive evaluation of Interact City. “The platform provides more possibilities for city management and maintenance,” he said. “With Interact City, we can remotely monitor the system through the central panel to quickly identify maintenance needs. If any problems occur, the system will proactively notify the administrator. Solving the problem before it affects the normal life of the residents. This is great.”

According to the introduction, the municipal management department can install various sensors on the smart connected street lights under the jurisdiction of Interact City to improve the quality of urban life and management level. By loading tilt detection, vibration and noise sensors on smart interconnected street lights, municipal management departments can maintain street lights and light poles in time, identify areas that need noise reduction measures, and protect roads and drivers. Interact City’s open application interfaces (APIs) can share the information collected by sensors with the information systems of the fire brigade, medical rescue and other emergency agencies to help them respond more quickly. In addition, signify’s BrightSites and other smart light poles can also be used as access points for mobile phone networks and wireless networks (Wi-Fi), or provide charging for electric vehicles.

Survey and analysis of total cost of outdoor lighting projects

With the recent domestic epidemic under effective control, the economy finally pressed the restart button. Many provinces, cities, and regions have launched cultural tourism night tourism projects, investing billions, tens of billions, or even hundreds of billions to stimulate the economic recovery and growth of night cultural tourism. In the current period when domestic and foreign demand is relatively weak, how to take into account the long-term development of the enterprise and achieve the best economic benefits has become one of the urgent demands of the company.

Survey and analysis of total cost of outdoor lighting projects

Is your “cost control” right?

The so-called total cost of ownership (TCO) refers to the sum of equipment purchase costs and the costs incurred during the entire life service cycle, including after-sales operation and maintenance costs. This survey found that companies pay more attention to TCO than just purchase costs.

In outdoor lighting construction projects, TCO is mainly composed of three parts: lamp cost, construction cost, and maintenance cost. Among them, the maintenance cost accounts for 8%-15%, while the lighting cost accounts for 55%-60%, and the construction cost is 25%-30%.

All interviewees agreed that TCO played an important role in the project. Among them, more than 45% believe that TCO is more important. After all, the project is the overall cost of procurement + installation + maintenance, while 43% believe that TCO is very important because money is spent on the blade. Although 11.39% of people think that the overall effect of the project is more important, they also said that the importance of TCO in the project cannot be ignored.

It can be seen that in the minds of lighting practitioners, especially owners, lighting designers, and engineers, TCO is the first restrictive element in starting a project. From the beginning of the construction phase, cost optimization should be considered as a whole, not only the equipment itself but also the operation and maintenance costs that may occur during the entire project operation cycle.

Redefine the “cost economy” of outdoor lighting

There is no doubt that the purchase cost of lamps directly affects the level of cost control in all aspects, and nearly 80% of the lamp’s own manufacturing costs have been determined by the raw materials at the beginning of the lamp design. What kind of light source, heat dissipation, waterproof and dustproof to choose? As raw materials, breathable valves have a direct impact on the cost of the lamp, and also affect the maintenance cost of 8% to 15% in the later period.

For the companies surveyed this time, their cost reduction mainly starts from project management costs, business costs, lighting costs, construction costs, and maintenance costs. Among them, 72.15% and 60.76% believe that project management costs can be reduced. And business costs for cost control; 50.63% and 48.1% of the interviewees think it can be optimized from the cost of lighting and maintenance.

Lamp cost and maintenance cost complement each other. Although low-quality products have low procurement costs, their subsequent maintenance costs will continue to increase sharply, which will still lead to a sharp increase in TCO. Therefore, in project procurement, in addition to considering the cost of the lamp itself, it should also consider its technical properties such as waterproof level, breathability, oil pollution, and salt spray, so as to effectively reduce the operation and maintenance risks and achieve the optimal cost configuration. Improve economic efficiency as a whole.

In addition, some people in the lighting industry said that they can also reduce unnecessary costs by reducing transportation costs for foreign-related projects, introducing smart management, and strengthening technology upgrades.

Conclusion

It can be seen that the total cost of ownership (TCO) control has penetrated into all aspects of outdoor lighting project operation, ranging from mid-term construction and later maintenance to the early purchase of lighting materials. Reasonable lighting costs, balanced technical construction, and good post-maintenance all provide unlimited possibilities for the optimization of the total cost of project ownership.

The latest progress of smart light pole construction in Shenzhen and Guangzhou announced!

Shenzhen and Guangzhou are representative cities that are at the forefront of smart light pole construction, and they have already made better explorations and attempts. Let’s take a look at how these two cities are progressing in this field recently.

The latest progress of smart light pole construction in Shenzhen and Guangzhou announced!

The “Guangzhou City Smart Light Pole Construction Management Work Plan” passed 80,000 smart light poles by 2025

On July 7, the 113th Executive Meeting of the 15th Guangzhou Municipal Government reviewed and approved the “Guangzhou Smart Light Pole Construction Management Work Plan” (hereinafter referred to as the “Plan”) and the “2020 Smart Light Pole Pilot Construction Work Plan” (hereinafter referred to as “plan”). Clarify the work objectives and basic principles for accelerating the pilot promotion of smart light poles in major arterial roads and important places in the city, propose key tasks such as establishing a promotion mechanism, advancing pilot construction, and doing a good job in operation and maintenance, and clarify the division of responsibilities of relevant units. Put forward the principles, goals, and total amount of the planning and construction of smart light poles in Guangzhou in 2020, and clarify the specific scenarios, roads, and quantities of smart light poles. The meeting emphasized that relevant municipal departments should speed up the preparation of special plans and do a good job in the pilot construction, management, and application promotion of smart light poles.

The “Plan” proposes that by 2025, about 80,000 smart light poles will be built in the city, including about 42,000 in the downtown area, providing about 32,000 5G micro-station sites, and providing a guarantee for the 5G network in the central city. Site resources required for deep coverage. At the same time, a unified management platform for smart light poles will be built, and a number of smart city applications such as smart lighting, smart transportation, and smart policy will be put on poles.

Smart light pole is a new type of information infrastructure that integrates lighting, video surveillance, traffic management, environmental monitoring, communication, and other functions. It consists of infrastructure and poles, lighting facilities, traffic, video surveillance, and other pole-mounted facilities. An important carrier of the new smart city. In order to seize opportunities for the development of new infrastructure and smart cities such as 5G, promote the in-depth integration of a new generation of information and communication technologies and the construction of new smart cities, and strengthen Guangzhou’s leading position in the development of emerging industries such as 5G, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Vehicles. Expand the scope of pilot work for the promotion of smart light poles and formulate this plan.

As a new generation of urban information infrastructure, smart light poles are related to many areas in the “new infrastructure”, such as 5G base stations, new energy vehicle charging piles, and Internet of Vehicles. As an important part and an important entrance of a smart city, smart light poles are a natural carrying platform for the informatization construction of smart cities.

The “Plan” proposes that Guangzhou should accelerate the pilot promotion of smart light poles in the city’s main arterial roads and important places. Mainly to meet the future 5G evolution, the booming development of the Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence, driverless, cloud computing, virtual reality, etc., as well as the needs of high-performance cities, and to promote the overall construction and planning of the city. According to the actual construction needs and progress of the operator’s 5G base station, adjustments will be made based on factors such as the actual situation in each district.

To this end, Guangzhou will advance the pilot construction of smart light poles in an orderly manner, formulate local standards for smart light pole construction, and formulate special plans for the pilot construction of smart light poles. The “Plan” proposes to accelerate the pilot construction of smart light poles in an all-round way, combined with the construction progress of financial investment projects such as annual new roads, urban renewal and major projects, and promote the establishment, design, construction and synchronization of the pilot construction of smart light poles and financial investment projects. Check and accept, and strengthen the coordination of integrated construction of communication pipelines, power expansion and pilot construction of smart light poles. At the same time, smart light poles will be promoted on non-municipal roads such as Nansha, Huangpu and other key areas, important industrial parks, and major living quarters. Simultaneously promote the upgrading and transformation of old light poles.

According to the plan, the total planned construction of smart light poles in Guangzhou in 2020 will be 4,238, covering 842 roads, with a radiation area of 3242.89 square kilometers. The construction area is selected from the busy areas of various districts, the core business district is planned, and the scope covers the road sections where operators need to mount the micro base station, and the demonstration pilot promotion projects of smart light poles in 11 districts of Guangzhou. Among them, the number of smart light poles planned in Yuexiu District is 704, which is the largest among all districts. Haizhu District is followed by 614 smart light poles.

As a frontier city in my country’s economic development and reform and opening up, Guangzhou has taken the lead in the construction of smart light poles in the country. At present, it has issued a number of policies, special plans, and standards to support and standardize the construction of smart light poles in the city.

MIT’s autonomous robot uses UV-C to kill the new coronavirus on the surface

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a new robot to help fight the new coronavirus. This autonomous machine emits UV-C, which can kill microorganisms and damage their DNA. The robot is a joint project of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Ava Robotics.

MIT's autonomous robot uses UV-C to kill the new coronavirus on the surface

A prototype machine has been deployed in the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), and its speed of 0.22 miles per hour should allow it to cover an area of 4,000 square feet in 30 minutes. The ultraviolet rays emitted by the four vertical bars can neutralize about 90% of the new coronavirus particles on the surface.

During the Covid-19 crisis, food banks are more important than ever, because many people lost their jobs due to the epidemic. Keeping facilities free from virus infection is essential to ensure that the virus does not spread further. “Food banks provide important services to our communities, so it is crucial to help keep these businesses running,” said Alyssa Pierson, a research scientist at CSAIL. “Here, there is a unique opportunity to provide additional disinfection power to their current workflow and help reduce the risk of exposure to Covid-19.”

The robot was initially operated by a remote user, and the user taught it its path around the warehouse. Then it can operate autonomously and move between user-defined waypoints, which can be added or deleted as needed. The machine is used to disinfect the premises after workers leave work.

Ultraviolet sterilization is often used in hospitals and other medical environments to disinfect empty patient waiting rooms. The researchers hope that the robot will eventually find use in other environments, including factories, restaurants, and shops.

“We are very happy to see UV disinfection robots supporting our community at this time of need,” said Daniela Rus, director of CSAIL and project leader. “The insights we gained from GBFB’s work highlight several algorithmic challenges. We plan to address these issues to expand the scope of autonomous UV disinfection in complex spaces, including dormitories, schools, airplanes, and supermarkets.”