One of the intelligent features of Alfred Priess’ solar cell street lighting columns is the capability of managing the lighting columns through a connection to the Internet, which minimizes the number of physical visits to the columns when, for example, support is required. The connection is a combination of GSM and a Wi-Fi mesh network. In doing this, you can monitor and control the lighting columns, e.g. TOUCHÉ, from afar to keep track of operational status, battery level and capacity performance and to enable automatic light dimming. Furthermore, this allows you to remotely control the settings or reset any parameter.
However, due to firewalls, it can be quite difficult to connect to a column from a desktop without involving the IT administrator of the local network. For many, including Alfred Priess and a good number of its clients, this is a frustrating barrier.
This is where Nabto’s technology has provided the optimume solution in the latest version of the controller. The total solution can be controlled on-site from browsers and smartphones, and the connection is P2P, making latency close to zero. The implemented software module by Nabto connects to a local server on the Internet and sends a message when the device is connected to a network, where it shares information about which IP address and socket number it has.