Oman’s Port of Sohar has become one of the first ports anywhere in the world to implement light on demand technology. Apart from lowering carbon footprint, the LED lighting is expected to cut energy consumption by 80%.
Khalid Al Alawi, Manager of Assets Management at Sohar, explains, “Roads within the Port and Freezone area are not frequently used during the night, resulting in energy loss from the illuminated lights. This is why we have identified a solution for the real-time control of streetlights within these areas.”
The solution is a revolutionary integrated wireless motion sensor for presence-based monitoring and control of outdoor lighting. Port of Sohar claims it ensures the reduction of energy consumption without compromising public safety and driving comfort. The technology consists of precise sensors installed in about 200 streetlights supported by a cloud-based control and energy monitoring system dashboard, commissioned by experts from the Netherlands. Around 4.5 km of road inside the port will be converted to the new technology, saving around 48 tons of CO2 emissions a year. Port of Sohar CEO, Mark Geilenkirchen, says, “We believe that the light on demand system will serve as a further steppingstone in our efforts towards sustainability.”