Streetlight doubles up as car charging station

February 28, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Infineon Technologies and eluminocity in Germany have jointly developed an intelligent streetlight that integrates a charging station for electric vehicles, easing the deployment of a charging infrastructure in residential areas as urban planners switch to LED lighting.

CEO and founder of eluminocity Sebastian Jagsch emphasized that the intelligent streetlight can accommodate new sensors as well as new components for mobile communications. "This enables us to constantly develop new applications to tackle upcoming demands. We enhance comfort, safety, security, and efficiency in public spaces, thus making whole cities future-proof,” he said.

Recent projects such as FINESCE and the Innogy network have shown the need to combine power charging and communication networks.  

In the design, each of the companies contributes specific know-how to the partnership for the connected city. Infineon provides decades of expertise in the field of sensors, power management chips, and security solutions. eluminocity adds its know-how in system integration, data analysis and application solutions. Other partners deliver connectivity, computing performance and cloud solutions. The intelligent streetlight can be protected against unauthorized access from the cloud down to the device level and can be enabled for updating by means of hardware and software.

As well as providing more efficient lighting, the intelligent LED streetlight with its integrated charging station has the potential to boost electromobility. Optionally, when fitted with adequate sensors, the lamp post could offer a convenient parking spot detection service by feeding information about the availability of vacant parking spaces to the cloud.