Parking and lighting are very different needs – or are they? We have worked in both spaces so can see just how different they seem to be with a look at the components that make, say, an efficient citywide parking system and a power-saving regional lighting control system work.
Yet they do have some similarities. Both aim to improve efficiency and reduce waste.
Unnecessary lighting can be avoided if you can control lighting across an entire town. Similarly, with a network monitoring traffic flow you can avoid the frustration of dozens of cars trying to park in an overflowing site three blocks from one that is only half full.
You can also learn from both schemes and adapt some or all of their efficiencies to other use cases. This is one of the most important aims of the Telensa project: to make a good idea scalable. We won't force one use case into another of course. But you would be surprised how often a network or IoT solution tailored down to the very last detail is adaptable to a situation apparently as totally unlike it as it is possible to be. You need to keep an open mind on these things, so we do. There’s no obvious reason, for example, why a lighting management scheme would apply to wellhead monitoring on an oilrig or the transport and distribution of men’s made to measure suits, but you never know…