Qualcomm Smart Cities partner weaves IoT lighting into large-scale digital twins


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IoT product provider Zyter has partnered with Juganu, a technology company providing solutions for the professional lighting market, to bring advanced lighting technology into smart cities.

Zyter’s IoT platform breaks down information by integrating and consolidating data from devices and applications, weaving IoT infrastructure into large-scale smart city digital twins for buildings, stadiums, campuses and cities . It allows municipalities to gain visibility into a network of connected devices and sensors supported by analytics. Juganu uses luminaires as the basis for a self-orchestrated wireless network that provides technical support to smart cities, making it a natural fit for this digital twin project.

“The partnership with Juganu will help us bring robust smart lighting, security, communication and other AI-based capabilities to any of these verticals,” said Zyter Founder and CEO Sanjay Govil , at VentureBeat.

Teaming up for the smart city’s digital twins

The partnership will integrate Zyter’s core platform and Juganu’s lighting technology with tools and software from more than 400 Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator program partners. Zyter is a key partner in Qualcomm’s program.

Juganu’s The Foam platform integrates with cameras, pedestrian counters and on-board computers to personalize lighting and characterize pedestrian traffic with guarantees of privacy. Its latest insight, which the company says is killing the COVID-19 virus, has attracted new funding from Comcast and NCR.

Zyter’s previous partnerships have focused on construction safety (Everguard), clinical data management (TruCare), and remote patient monitoring (Ceiba). Its platform aims to unify application development across all devices in verticals such as healthcare, education, logistics, retail, travel and construction.

This partnership could also leverage Zyter’s work to create lidar-based digital twins, which are virtual representations of an object or system spanning its lifecycle, updated with real-time data. and use simulation, machine learning, and reasoning to aid decision making. Digital twins make it easy to interface and control IoT devices in a certain space. For example, a city manager can now view and manage all lights in indoor and outdoor spaces. A manager can also explore areas of the city by extracting camera surveillance feeds or reviewing all incidents recorded in an area while exploring the digital twin of a city or of buildings and spaces in a city.

In the long run, Zyter CEO Govil believes there are opportunities to collaborate with other companies working on APIs for physical infrastructure, like the Mapped Data Infrastructure Platform, to help standardization and interoperability. Mapped simplifies access to physical building assets through standard vocabulary while supporting a secure API perimeter.

“We think Mapped and Zyter are trying to solve similar problems, albeit in slightly different ways,” Govil said.


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