In this blog, we consider an additional 5 key attributes, as follows:
Security – Does the vendor ensure secure access and communications links?
Network robustness and communication reliability – Does the vendor provide the best and most reliable network and communication infrastructure for your lighting network and municipal topography? Does the solution provide local or wide area coverage? Is the network Internet of Things (IoT) ready?
Feature system set – Does the vendor offer options and features for self-healing functions, simple report generation, remote control of individual luminaire or groups of luminaires, pre-programmed scheduling options and more?
Future-proof – Are the solutions built on the latest lighting-control technologies? Will the vendor discuss ways to ensure the project will still be viable in five or 10 years? Can the system accommodate the integration of various IoT sensors, without modifying the wireless network?
Economically beneficial – Will the system pay for itself? And in what timeframe? Will residents notice?
What percentage of energy use reduction is expected with the vendor’s solutions?
Does the vendor offer smart controls and proactive maintenance that can help reduce costs even further?
Is the system simple enough so that municipal workers responsible for lighting are freed up for other tasks?