Case study

Logicalis and BHIP joined to turn Belo Horizonte into a smart city

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Chapter 1
The story
The concessionaire’s mission is to streamline Belo Horizonte’s public lighting park

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telemanaged points so far

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is the consumption reduction estimate

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million is the amount saved by the city per year

It is increasingly more frequent to see smart cities coming out of the paper and becoming a reality. Interestingly, we need not go far to experience them: with the development of public lighting laws, BHIP, won the license to explore and illuminate the capital of Minas Gerais.

With high costs due to a large amount of energy consumption and the continuous need for maintenance, the concessionaire’s mission is to ensure service availability and quality by streamlining Belo Horizonte’s lighting park. Besides meeting the city administration’s requirements and technical standards, the company is responsible for deploying a telemanagement system, which makes the city’s lighting project innovative and aligned with the smart city concept.

“It is a complex process that demands strategy and great responsibility. Therefore, we sought a partner that could assure service quality while we were facing the challenges over such a pioneering project in the country,” explains Marcelo Bruzzi at BHIP.

To execute the project, the concessionaire collaborated with Logicalis, who provided proper technological solutions to meet the industry’s fierce service levels requirements.

Together, they developed the most important street lighting project in Latin America

Chapter 2
The process
Telemanegement solution remotely controls all the city’s public lamps

Based on the smart city and IoT concept, the telemanagement solution can remotely control all telemanaged lamps in the city. With this technology, the city hall collects real-time information to make decisions and act preventively. Thus, even before receiving alerts by residents about a blackout in a certain location, it is possible to proactively deal with the problem.

The first step to turn telemanagement into reality was replacing all photoelectric sensors with controllers that send information about every lamp to the management software. Remotely controlled by a concessionaire operator, the system integrates all sensor-captured data, thus enabling decision-making that is more accurate and, consequently, sending commands to lampposts.

In its first year, the project counts with 12,000 telemanaged points and should end 2019 with over 18,000, that is, approximately 20% of the park. Logicalis was responsible for solution integration, using controllers, mesh network, mobile backhaul and IoT network and lamps management systems, allowing remote control.

Besides, it’s the support and maintenance service provider for the whole solution.


Chapter 3
The Benefits
The city is able to reduce energy costs and offer new services to the population

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Maintenance costs reduction through flaws visualization


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Electric energy costs reduction through lamps performance and dimming


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Repair time reduction through geographical identification


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Possible future supplementary revenues with operating IoT network

The importance of the model

With such solutions, this project becomes the most important ongoing smart city project in Brazil and Latin America. With it, there is an improvement in energy consumption management, as technology allows, for instance, adjusting street light intensity according to demand, as well as turning lamps on and off remotely, based on information from the sensors. All of it contributes to a reduction of nearly 45% in consumption, which could render annual savings of about R$ 25 million to the city.

The service network

The smart sensors and devices are part of a value services network for the city, generating increased comfort to the citizens of Belo Horizonte, as the project positively affects the city’s security by improving the street light service, which contributes to reduced numbers of nighttime accidents and criminality. Moreover, the project should benefit the concessionaire, providing supplemental revenues with the technology.

The infrastructure

With the project’s implemented communication infrastructure, it is possible to embrace several other smart city technologies, which would benefit other social areas with solutions that could improve, for example, the smart monitoring of vehicle traffic using traffic light sensors, and manage public parking spots with Smart Parking.

It will also be possible to integrate environmental management solutions, such as sensors to assess air quality, rainfall predictability to measure the rainfall index, in addition to smart sewers to support garbage collection and alert possible points of flooding.

“With this project, we take a big step towards the construction of smart cities in Brazil, as they leverage other initiatives that bring improvements to the municipality and its citizens, who instantly realize the benefits of simple actions”

Marcelo Bruzzi, BHIP executive