Ki. Smart City Ecosystem
What is Ki.?
Ki. is a next generation IoT platform. It transforms street lighting networks from illumination hardware into an asset for smart cities. Ki. unlocks urban data to reveal unique insights that help improve efficiencies and sustainability.
The UN estimates that 68% of the world’s population will reside in urban hubs by 2050. To create sustainable smart cities, investment in responsive city infrastructure is essential. Our existing lighting infrastructure is the key to unlock the potential of tomorrow’s cities.
With Ki. technology, the connected lamp post becomes a strategic, smart asset with a multitude of functions. Data gathered by the streetlights can be monitored through communication, interaction and evaluation. This enables cities to instantly respond to changing conditions, creating a responsive environment which can improve the life of citizens.
The Ki. Ecosystem
The Ki. ecosystem is made up of 3 main parts - enabling hardware, communications and insights. It is futureproof and developed to work alongside the technology of tomorrow, while also able to integrate seamlessly with existing infrastructure.
The Ki. Node can be retrofit into existing infrastructure schemes and integrated into new and future designs. It is compatible with a variety of luminaire connectors, including NEMA, conduit and SR sockets, compatible with current lampposts.
Connectivity is consistent and optimum, enabling constant capture, always sending and receiving information. Existing infrastructure is transformed into IoT enabled assets via the open protocol, enabled by LoRaWAN. Within the ecosystem, the data flow is bi-directional.
The continuous two-way transmission via LoRaWAN creates an extensive database of collected data from the city. The Ki. database provides actionable insights. The database can identify regularly occurring events and can therefore enable mitigation of potential problems before impact. This improves the efficiency and safety of urban assets.
Features of Ki.
The features of the Ki. Platform provide control over the whole system. This open approach to smart city management enhances the way we live, work and play. Performance of the smart city is optimised through effective maintenance plans and being informed of events before the occur. Effective data analysis can assess severity of faults, recording performance failure and aiding maintenance checks. Smart cities should approach digital urban assets by:
1. Monitoring & controlling assets and data within city landscape
2. Processing & evaluating the resulting data
3. Taking action upon gathered insights, in real-time
Control & Monitor
This feature enables control of streetlights through a switching profile. Updates and key data about individual nodes are available at a glance. The Ki. Platform included tools such as lamp profiles, a calendar, profile overview and performance dashboard. Information on key performance metrics is provided, such as column temperature, power output, consumption and more.
Evaluate & Analyse
The reporting dashboard enables assessment of overall ecosystem performance. It enables evaluation and analysis of a wide range of datasets all in one place. Urban data provides information about real challenges on the street and can assess severity of faults. The reports aid system health maintenance checks and an interactive map provides performance monitoring and overview.
These insights develop contextual real-world solutions to improve communities. It enables better informed decisions and improves quality of life through solving unique municipal challenges.
What are the Ki. Platforms?
The Ki. Platforms are designed for your smart city. It enables you to interact with you city remotely, for instant improvements. The dashboard, communications and installation tool serve different purposes for communication, interaction and evaluation of the infrastructure assets. Respond to changing conditions instantly through the Ki. Platforms.
Internet of Things (IoT): the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.
LoRaWAN: The method of communication between the end node & gateway, enabling IoT connections. The open network standard enables customers to integrate other hardware and software into their smart ecosystem, unlocking opportunities to expand their architecture while staying in control of their city. LoRaWAN is energy efficient, bi-directional, secure, low range, low power and low cost connectivity.
End Nodes: physical hardware devices that contain sensing capabilities, some computing power and a radio module for translating the data into a radio signal.
Gateway: a hardware device that picks up all LoRaWAN messages from the End Nodes, also known as modems or access points.
Network Server: this is where the more complicated processes of data handling take place, all the messages from the gateways are forwarded to the Network Server.
Application Server: where the information sent from the End Nodes is processed into something useful.
Downlink Communication: when an End Node received a message back from the Gateway.
Uplink Transmission: when an End Node send a message to the Gateway.