Siracusa is a historical City located in the southeast corner of Sicily, Italy, with a population of around 125,000 people. Committed to sustainable growth, the City is building its own future by investing in smart technologies to improve urban services, increase energy efficiency, simplify internal processes and encourage citizens’ participation.

In February 2015, the City launched the “Siracusa SmaRt” project and called for tenders to renew the existing public lighting infrastructure with LED-based devices, also developing a remote control and data transmission system. Citelum and EBF Costruzioni Impianti won the contract by proposing a true Smart City project for the small island of Ortigia, representing the heart of Siracusa’s historical center.

About 1,530 lighting points were replaced with energy efficient LED lamps, that is old-fashioned artistic lanterns with warm white lights to enhance buildings’ and monuments’ colours, and connected to PE Smart Urban Network platform to enable remote management and control.

Citelum can now remotely manage breakdowns, plan maintenance routines, turn lights on/off and adjust brightness upon pre-defined lighting patterns, with the possibility to trigger variations whenever necessary. This step was completed in less than two months, paying peculiar attention to some of the City’s most ancient locations and monuments such as Cathedral Square, the Arethusa’s fountain, and Saint-Joseph Church. The Smart Lighting solution has been operating since December 2015, and the City estimated a reduction of power consumption up to 60% in selected districts.

In a genuine Smart City spirit, and taking advantage of Paradox Engineering’s Internet of Things-ready platform, Citelum used the same wireless architecture to support further devices and provide citizens and visitors with additional urban services.

Video surveillance is currently granted through 10 IP cameras located in Ortigia, while 2 variable message panels offer useful traffic guidance and 3 digital boards display tourist information. Moreover, Paradox Engineering’s platform enabled a pilot Smart Metering project, connecting 12 electrical meters to the network for remote reading and energy consumption control. A further step was made in July 2016, offering people free Internet access through 26 Wi-Fi access points, all installed in Ortigia leveraging existing Paradox Engineering’s smart devices without the need to implement a different network.

With the “Siracusa SmaRt” project, Citelum has thus started to build a real smart urban network, hosting a number of applications over the same wireless infrastructure. More services might be integrated in the future according to specific urban needs and available resources: next steps might include for instance the development of a Smart Parking solution to monitor public lots and facilitate parking search, possibly extended to electrical vehicle charging stations to support green mobility.