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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

2019 Ending News

DIADEME at Ecomondo, Exhibition of Circular Economy
Life-DIADEME participated in the Ecomondo International Exhibition at Rimini, within the Reverberi Enetec stand, coordinator of the project, on 5/8 November 2019.
With over 90,000 visitors from 130 Countries, 1,300 exhibitors and 150 seminars and conferences with over 1,000 speakers, Ecomondo is the reference event in Europe for technological and industrial innovation applied to Sustainable Development. An international fair with innovative format joining in a single platform all sectors working in the Circular Economy: Renewable energies, Material and energy efficiency, Repair and maintenance, etc.
Life-DIADEME achieved excellent public success, even in not specialized people interested in innovative technological solutions able to ensure efficient public lighting, together with a significant reduction in energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
During the Exhibition, the Life-DIADEME project was also presented as a Best Practice by the Head of Department of EASME, Agency of the European Commission, Patrik Kolar, on 7 November, during the Workshop “How to optimize implementation and management of services for the citizens”.
Another notable result achieved by Life-DIADEME !






DIADEME at Renael Workshop
In 2019 the Annual RENAEL Assembly, the Italian Network of Energy Agencies, was held in Rimini on 8th November, during the Ecomondo event. The day started with the Workshop “How to finance energy efficiency: opportunities and best practices”, an opportunity to present, together with national level experts, financing opportunities, business models and best practices on energy efficiency. Italian and European objectives on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources require an active role for all those subjects who, at different level, are interested in environmental sustainability. Renael has been working in this area for years with a range of diversified actions, from training to information, from technical assistance to the participation in European projects on behalf of associated Energy Agencies.
Mr Francesco Dugoni, Director of AGIRE Energy Agency of Mantova, project partner, presented Life-DIADEME, a particularly innovative solution of Adaptive Lighting for Smart City, developed by the project coordinator Reverberi Enetec, co-financed by the European Commission through the LIFE Programme and implemented in the EUR district of Rome capital city.



Rome City Capital. Signed the Cooperation Agreement
At the beginning of December, Rome Capital City signed the Cooperation Agreement that formally committed itself to the participation in the Life-DIADEME project.
Since the beginning of the project, the City of Rome has never lacked its support for strategic choices regarding the places where the Public Lighting Adaptive System would be implemented, also contributing to the publicity of the pilot test within institutional channels. We remember the post with videos of Mayor Ms Raggi and the former Assessor Ms Gatti on their respective social media and a press release issued during the work of the Mid-term Conference of Life-DIADEME.
With strong determination today the City of Rome continues supporting the project with an even greater attention through the participation in the main project Committees: the Steering Board, in charge of the organization and coordination of the project actions and the Dissemination Board, responsible for communication and dissemination activities. Rome staff will take part in all the project Meetings arranged by the coordinating beneficiary to organize works, responsibility and monitoring of actions timing, so to ensure that project objectives are met in a timely and efficient way, as well as to ensure that potential problems are dealt with appropriately.
A well-defined and encouraging collaboration for the implementation of the ongoing activities such as, just to name one example, the new “Cruscotto”, a Dashboard that visually exemplifies the results of the analysis of the data collected by sensors installed on 1,000 lighting points along the streets of Rome EUR district, bringing them into a few simple indicators: energy savings, cost reductions and emissions reduction.
Rome is getting Smarter !


The new DIADEME Dashboard
Based on data collected by the Smart Sensors installed on 1,000 lighting points involved into the Life-DIADEME project, in Rome EUR district, the project team created a new Graphic Dashboard to give a “Very Easy” user interface to the significant data flow generated by the system, so that it can provide some relevant indicators, for decision-making strategies, on energy savings and emission reduction.
In fact, the Dashboard provides indicators on the reduction of the energy consumption of public lighting due to the intelligent control and modulation of LED lamps, the consequent reduction of CO2 and the economic savings due to lower consumption. The Dashboard will also provide traffic information, a detailed air quality map and a noise map, integrating any other Smart City activities that the City of Rome has or will put in place.


DIADEME at Barcelona Smart City World Congress 2019
The 9th edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress was held in Barcelona from 19 to 21 November 2019. With over 20,000 visitors, 800 exhibitors from 150 Countries and 400 speakers, it represents the most relevant event in the world on Smart City and IoThings issues, a reference point for experts and not-specialists who want to promote a sustainable improvement of the urban environment
Many Cities and Regions, not only at European level, have met themselves to share the results achieved, or to discuss the best solutions to be adopted within a Smart City.
At the Exhibition Stand, the Life-Diademe Team of Experts was able to verify the considerable interest generated by the project developed in the EUR district of the city of Rome and, particularly, by the innovative solutions of Adaptive Lighting for Smart City now on the way of completion in the EUR business district of the City Capital. In fact, a large number of visitors was attracted by the DIADEME Stand asking for information on the project.



DIADEME new Roll up 2019 for Dissemination Events

The new Roll up DIADEME was unveiled in November at the Ecomondo International Fair in Rimini and at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. With the symbol image of the EUR district in Rome Capital – the Palace of Italian Civilization – the message emerging in the Roll up is based on simplicity and effectiveness, but in the same time it focuses on the objectives of the project Life-DIADEME: Adaptive lighting, measuring traffic levels, air quality and noise, to produce a substantial saving in energy consumption and Greenhouse gas emissions, with the idea of reaching “100% Green”.
With the end of the project, in 2020, two additional Roll ups will be realized, with a total of 5.

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