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Energy manager, EGE, in AGIRE dal 2007, si occupa di progettazione e gestione di progetti europei, oltre a condurre le attività tecniche dell'agenzia AGIRE

Life-DIADEME is taking part, from 5 to 8 November 2019, in Ecomondo, the International Exhibition in Rimini, with its own Stand. With more than 80.000 visitors, 1.000 exhibitors from 66 Countries and 150 Seminars and Conferences with 1.000 speakers, it is the Italian crucial event on Circular Economy and Sustainable Development.

Life-DIADEME is taking part, from 5 to 8 November 2019, in Ecomondo, the International Exhibition in Rimini, with its own Stand.
With more than 80.000 visitors, 1.000 exhibitors from 66 Countries and 150 Seminars and Conferences with 1.000 speakers, it is the Italian crucial event on Circular Economy and Sustainable Development.

DIADEME at Barcelona Smart City Expo World Congress (19/21 November 2019)

Life-DIADEME is going to participate, from 19 to 21 November 2019, in the Barcelona Smart City Expo World Congress with its own space and organizing an Informative Seminar on public road adaptive lighting.
With more than 20.000 visitors, 800 exhibitors from 150 Countries and 400 speakers, it is considered the world most relevant event on Smart City and IoThings, reference point for everyone is working to foster the sustainable improvement of the urban environment.

The new LIFE-DIADEME “Banner” in Rome EUR streets

42 new Banners with the LIFE-DIADEME informative advertising have been applied on lighting points at the beginning of all the streets in Rome EUR district, where the adaptive street lighting control system is already active or ready to be installed, involving a total of around 1,000 lighting points.
Banners, completely redesigned in order to achieve a more immediate intelligibility of the message “Smart Lighting produces Energy Consumption Reduction”, are added to the first 10 already installed in early 2018, applied on the first Pilot Test Site (100 lighting points), always within the EUR district in the city of Rome.
A QR-Code has been applied at the bottom of each lighting point, easily accessible with the smartphone, linking directly to the DIADEME website that provides all the information about the project and the expected results in terms of energy saving, costs decrease and gas emissions reduction.

Diademe “Project of the Month of February 2019” on the LIFE website of the Environment Ministry

At present, a large part of energy consumption at European level depends on urban areas and generates significant greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
Such consumption, as well as the worsening of air quality, are growing in the coming decades due to the increase in population and to the process of urbanization of metropolitan areas. Street lighting represents a substantial share of cities energy consumption: more than 90 million European public streetlights in operation add up to more than 50% of public energy consumption and 60% of energy costs.
In this context, the LIFE-Diademe project offers an innovative system of street lighting regulation, sustainable and cost-effective, based on low-cost environmental sensors and luminance-traffic-weather cameras organized in a widespread network able to realize energy savings of 50% and more. The National Authority of the LIFE Programme 2014-2020 published on its website an article on the DIADEME project as “Project of the month of February 2019”, which explains in detail the development of Life-DADEME in Rome in the EUR district.


DIADEME Workshops with the “Engineer Associations”

In the last two years Reverberi Enetec, Coordinator Partner of the LIFE-DIADEME project, has been organizing a Training Seminar in collaboration with the Order of Engineers of some Italian Provinces on the issue “Smart Lighting and Smart City“. It’s considered almost a travelling workshop. The aim of the Seminar is to provide participants with the key elements to assess the convenience, energy savings and operational benefits in the adoption of the adaptive lighting within a Smart City project. As a Best Practice it is presented the system developed in Rome for the DIADEME project, an innovative application that allows a significant energy saving while ensuring the suitable lighting for the urban environment in different hours of the day, with every weather conditions and for different users: car drivers, cyclists or pedestrians.

Only in the first half of 2019 the Workshop was held in the cities of Rome, Milan, Bolzano, Catanzaro, Trani and Ragusa.

Networking Activities and Cross Dissemination

One of the dissemination activities envisaged by the DIADEME project is to exchange experiences with other EU financed projects, useful for sharing information about technologies and solutions applied, regulations and standards to comply with or to participate in the creation of common EU guidelines on dynamic lighting.
In 2017 DIADEME experts participated, in Cesena, in a Workshop promoted by the Interreg DYNAMIC LIGHT project committed to the creation of small pilot sites using adaptive light technology.
On 6 June 2019, Eng. Paolo di Lecce and Eng. Andrea Mancinelli, head and project manager of DIADEME project, presented the adaptive lighting system installed in Rome during the Final Conference of the Life-DYNAMAP project, committed to the creation of a system of acoustic dynamic mapping, using a network of low-cost sensors to detect in real time the acoustic impact generated by road infrastructures. It was really appreciated the possibility to have common future development on research and applications, while DIADEME was well considered for the technological solutions adopted.
The 11 July 2019, in Milan, DIADEME experts participated in the Mid-Term Conference of Life PrepAIR project, whose partners, Region and ARPA from many Regions in Northern Italy (Lombardy, Piemonte, etc.), proposed effective actions for the improvement of air quality in the Padany Plain.
Finally, during the first half of 2019, there were some meetings with experts from the Life-Monza and Life-Harmonica projects, both working on noise monitoring. The output Harmonica Index was really important for the realization of the technology at the base of the sensors tested in DIADEME System for monitoring city noise.

DIADEME Large Test Site. Where we are

Following the project forecast, the installation of the DIADEME Large Test Site in the streets of ROME, EUR quarter, began in early 2019. Out of a total of 1,000 light points to be equipped, in June about 70% of them were installed.
Both the Small Test Site, installed in 2018 and most of the Large Site systems have been properly tested and have already provided a data stream fully monitored and analysed.

The data analysis has been going on for months on an increasing number of light points and it seems to be enough clear that DIADEME is a new and affordable system dedicated to the regulation of public lighting, adaptive and distributed, developed around UNI11248. With the optimized utilization of distributed sensors to monitoring:-          traffic
–          luminance
–          noise
–          environmental gassesDIADEME system allows to ensure:–          remarkable energy saving
–          visual safety
–          reduction of CO2 emissions
–          reduction of maintenance costs

The evolution of research on materials from the installation of the Small Site to the Large Site has led to a number of improvements that can be summarized as follows:

–          size reduction of the appliances (70%)
–          utilization of the built-in box inside the Smart X-Tender
–          better positioning of sensors
–          Better connectivity with Air Quality devices
–          Redesigning of Air Quality box
–          Substantial costs reduction

The technical improvements during the implementation phase and a reduction in size and costs, combined with the advantages in terms of energy savings and emissions reduction gained, allow to be particularly optimistic concerning the DIADEME System and to suppose favourably a good and wide spread of the system once the project will be completed

Italian Universities hosted DIADEME Seminars

In Italy some Universities, or rather some specialized departments, are very active in research on public lighting. The experience of DIADEME project on adaptive lighting was shown to students, researchers and professors in selected Universities by expert engineers Di Napoli and Giansante, from Reverberi Enetec, coordinator partner of the project, to demonstrate the presence on the national territory of advanced solutions, as in the Rome EUR district case. During 2019, informative workshops were proposed – and favourably welcomed – at Bocconi University (3 April) and Polytechnic (3 April) in Milan, University of Genoa (2 May), Rome Tre (4 June), while in October it will be the University of Naples to host Diademe Team.
Technological evolution is making available low-cost sensors and communication systems, on the other side the European Regulation CEN-13201 on Road Lighting Standards, has established the range of applications of adaptive lighting, i.e. controlled variations over time in relation to traffic flow, time, atmospheric and weather conditions.
The CEN-13201 standard opens the field to a real-time adjustment of the roads light flow, introducing Discrete TAI (Traffic Adaptive Installation) and Continuous FAI (Full Adaptive Installation) adjustment, depending on the type of sensors used: to measure only the vehicular flow or even luminance level and weather conditions.
DIADEME chose the second type and probably this attracted a considerable interest from students and teachers in relation to the effectiveness of a regulation based on sensors and cameras able to guarantee safety of people and vehicles. In addition to the significant percentage of reduction of energy consumption and gas emissions that the system can provide.
Some students from the University of Genoa, inspired by DADEME Seminar, have committed themselves to plan a feasibility study of the application of DIADEME System, developed in the Rome EUR area, to the Genoa Historical Centre.

IOThings. Milan 3/4 April 2019

On April 3 and 4, “IOThings” was held in Milan, the most important Italian event in the field of Internet of Things technologies, a possible evolution of Internet network to increase the intelligent use of data communication. Eng. Paolo di Lecce, Managing Director of Reverberi Enetec and head of the Life DIADEME project, took part in the Round Table “IoT Technologies for Energy Efficiency in Public and Private Lighting“.

Becoming “Smart” is the ambition of many cities aiming to develop innovations to improve the quality of life of their citizens. Smart lighting not only enables cities to become more energy efficient, more sensitive and adaptable to citizens needs, but can also promote sustainability because urban spaces become safer and more comfortable. With the support of Universities and Research Centres such as ENEA, the discussion addressed the topic by touching on the key points of the question:

·         How cities provide additional services and infrastructures through smart lighting systems to improve quality of life.

  • Analysis of the applicable management models for the acquisition and control of strategic data supplied by the lighting infrastructures.
  • IoT lighting solutions for cities, business buildings and industrial areas.

Eng. Di Lecce presented the solution provided by the Life-DIADEME project, which is being completed in the Rome EUR district, one of the very first cases in Italy and Europe of Public Adaptive Lighting at the service of Smart City

Small Demonstration Site: First Adaptive Lighting Test

112 luminaires, at end of March 2018, were equipped with Diademe technology for smart lighting in ROMA, EUR district. These devices are collecting data about luminance, traffic flow, air quality, noise level, temperature, pressure and pole inclination, providing adaptive lighting to the streets involved in the project.

A 15 days Testing, along Via dell’Aeronautica, was performed to evaluate how adaptive lighting system performs in urban environment and particularly to demonstrate that adaptive system is able to regulate lighting level on the base of real time traffic detection and luminance level.

Adaptive lighting data were compared with two different conditions: full light and pre-programmed cycle regulation. Full light is the standard regulation for ROMA EUR lighting fixture. Furthermore, street lights were regulated measuring real time luminance and traffic flow, providing however correct luminance level as prescribed by UNI 11248.

The conclusion of the Test was very encouraging. Energy saving through the Adaptive Lighting System, if compared with pre-regulated cycle, was higher than project target: 53% instead of 30%, while the performance was 66% if compared with full light driving, the current standard for ROMA EUR lighting plants.

In January 2019 other about 900 lighting points will be equipped with the Diademe System, as foreseen by the project targets.