Nieke Roos
23 March

Digital-inspection expert Braincreators and intelligent-lighting specialist Luminext have joined forces to smartly map the lighting assets in the municipality of Utrecht. Within the project “Smart lighting, predictive maintenance and asset management innovation through Al: the key to smart cities,” they’re merging their respective technologies Inspech and Luminizer to perform digital inspections of street lighting based on video images and using artificial intelligence. With this combined solution, street lights are automatically recognized and classified. The province of Utrecht has awarded the project a subsidy for a feasibility study.

Braincreators Utrecht
Credit: Braincreators

Originally developed as software for automated road inspection, Inspech is suited for the management of virtually all public assets as long as the metadata of acquired images is provided with GPS coordinates. The platform displays the automatically processed data on an interactive map. Specialists of the city of Utrecht can view each lighting pole individually from behind their desk and, as a last check, adjust the outcome of the digital inspection if necessary. The resulting insights can be used to organize the management and maintenance of public lighting more efficiently and enable the municipality to carry out risk-driven inspections.

Luminizer provides a central cockpit for public lighting. The cloud-based software platform includes modules for asset management, fault detection, maintenance management and dimming and monitoring dynamic lighting. It connects to both the lighting columns that are equipped with the smart lighting systems from Luminext and the lighting with lamp controllers and sensors from other suppliers. It’s also possible to manage street lighting that hasn’t yet been equipped with smart lamp controllers.