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Belgium’s Flemish Region to deploy ‘smart’ highway lighting system

The Flemish Region of Belgium is to deploy a ‘smart’ lighting management system on its highway system. AWV (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer), which manages the Flemish Region’s highway network on behalf of the Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works, has selected the Canada-based CGI Group, together with its partner, SPIE Belgium, to modernize the remote management of highway lighting within the region.

CGI will replace current highway lighting management systems used within the region with its IBOR platform, which is an intelligent system that connects and controls dynamic objects in public spaces, such as street lighting, traffic lights, bridges, and tunnels, through sensors, object controllers, data communications and storage, processing software and presentation techniques.

Capable of being managed remotely, the IBOR platform provides a sustainable system that reduces energy consumption, and also reduces CO² emissions. With IBOR, lighting is turned on only when needed and increased or dimmed on demand, such as for construction projects or emergency services at the scene of an accident.

“Smart technology provides governments with a dynamic, sustainable and economical solution for public space management,” explained Hans Vets, who leads CGI’s operations in Belgium.

“We are proud that we can contribute to this smart city initiative, where energy savings, increased safety and efficient management, become a reality. We believe that IBOR is a platform for the future that will drive innovation and lead to the cities of tomorrow.”

CGI partners with SPIE Belgium to support its efforts in designing, building, operating and maintaining energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly facilities and other assets for customers.

Johan Dekempe, CEO of SPIE Belgium, commented, “We are very pleased with this unique and innovative mission. This is an important achievement for us and perfectly highlights our leadership in the pursuit of a more sustainable society. At SPIE, we are committed to improve comfort and well-being of our society.”

April 14, 2015

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