Lighting in urban areas – freeways, roads, parks and sporting venues are a significant user of power. Dollar savings and reduced environmental impact can be achieved through the use of adaptive lighting. Through the use of schedules and/or movement sensors the light level is reduced when not required and returns to a higher level only when required.
The increasing concerns around the world with environmental damage and its impact on people has highlighted the importance of gathering relevant data as input to amelioration measures. ARCS has developed an EMS – Environmental Monitoring System – to measure key environmental data, including GPS, noise, particulates (PM1, PM2.5 and PM10), noxious gases (CO, NO2, and O3) and weather
Efficiency in the emptying of commercial and recreational (eg. at beaches) is achieved through monitoring bin levels and scheduling emptying based on need rather than time.
Systems available include monitoring of switchboards, measurement of current and temperature in HV power cables and remote control of GPOs.
Have a variety of applications including advice of upcoming major road works, advertising for local businesses and provision of relevant information to the public.
PEOPLE COUNTING AND TRACKING
People counting, using technologies such as video analytics, provides key input information urban planning. People tracking using technologies such as RFD’s can be used for community safety and security purposes and also for locating people at risk, such as those with dementia.
VEHICLE COUNTING/SMART PARKING/VEHICLE TRACKING
Vehicle counts is a key information input to traffic studies. Smart parking takes several forms, including apps to show in real time the location of available parking in an urban area and also messaging signs at entrances to parking areas listing the number of available bays.
CCTV AND DURESS ALARMS
Suitably located cameras in urban areas provides a real time picture of the events in the area, which enhances public safety and enables rapid response to events.
Projects and Case Studies
In 2018 ARCS were engaged by Main Roads WA (MRWA) to assist with a problem that had arisen from the recently opened extension of the northern freeway. As part of this freeway extension project MRWA provided a path for joint use by pedestrians and cyclists. Site constraints resulted in a 400 metre section of this path being built adjacent to the noise wall, which resulted in numerous complaints in relation to light spill from residents on the other side of the noise wall.