Clear Blue brings solar-powered IoT streetlights to Hamilton

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Toronto-based Clear Blue Technologies has announced a collaboration with Tymat Solutions to light pathways in Hamilton, Ontario, using Clear Blue’s solar-powered lighting systems.

These projects follow earlier installations in other areas in the city, and the company said the new installation demonstrates “the commercial viability” of its lighting systems in urban areas.

“The attractive design and smart city capabilities of Clear Blue’s lights made them the perfect solution for these pathways.”

The Toronto-based cleantech develops remotely-managed smart off-grid technology for lighting, telecom, solar, and hybrid systems covering telecom towers, street lights, and security cameras. More than 60 Illumient lighting systems, which leverage cloud-based software and solar energy, have been installed across Hamilton so far.

“The installation of our smart off-grid lights for projects across the City of Hamilton demonstrates how they are a commercially viable solution in urban environments,” said Miriam Tuerk, CEO and co-founder of Clear Blue. “Connecting to the grid in cities is often costly as it requires digging up the pavement. Wireless power removes the cost of cabling and the need to disrupt existing infrastructure, while our smart off-grid remote management ensures the highest reliability and keeps maintenance costs low.”

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The new installations come one week after the company announced it had received a $1 million CAD credit facility commitment from Export Development Canada. In December 2015, Clear Blue also closed a $1.85 million funding round led by Haywood Securities, an independent investment dealer.

With Clear Blue’s solar lighting systems, the lights in Hamilton connect wirelessly to the Internet, sending real-time data to Clear Blue Technologies’ cloud-based software, Illumience. This enables remote control, monitoring, and management of the lighting systems, ensuring high reliability and low maintenance costs.

The Illumience software also allows service personnel to change lighting profiles, such as reducing the lights during lengthy times of bad weather in order to preserve battery power. The software also allows for automated monitoring and alerts.

“The attractive design and smart city capabilities of Clear Blue’s Illumient lights made them the perfect solution for these pathways,” said Chris Dennis, sales representative at Tymat Solutions. “The lights improve safety for pedestrians at night, while motion detection and dimming capabilities save energy and reduce light pollution.”

Image courtesy Clear Blue Technologies.

Isabelle Kirkwood

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