Azienda Elettrica di Massagno (AEM) and Paradox Engineering have been working together to implement a Smart Grid covering the entire AEM basin in Ticino Canton, Switzerland. Leveraging our network platform, smart meters were installed to collect data from energy-consuming field devices (ie. hot water heaters, pumps, etc.) and send commands to enable remote control. The solution contributes to improve the management of the power distribution network and enables the design of future utility services, with expected benefits even on energy prices for end users. 

The implementation of a Wireless IoT and Wireless Highspeed IoT data transport network will also allow the smart extension of present services, as well as the development of new applications for parking management, traffic video surveillance, public Wi-Fi and many others, to be developed in close contact with local municipalities to accommodate people and businesses’ needs.

The Swiss energy provider was among the first to pilot PE Smart CMS Neptune. “Together with Paradox Engineering, we started to develop a smart network in Massagno back in 2017. With PE Smart CMS Neptune we now have an improved, more flexible, intuitive and robust management system, supporting us in the growth of our urban infrastructure for present and future needs”, stated Paolo Rossi, director at AEM. “We have been serving Massagno and surroundings for more than 90 years, looking after the continuity and quality of power supply, as well as the development of the region and the well-being of its communities. The Smart Urban Network is boosting the efficiency and quality of our services, and enabling the innovation of Ticino Canton in the medium-long run”.

Moreover, AEM leveraged our technology to enable a Smart Dynamic Lighting application along Tesserete‐Canobbio bike trail. About 3 Km. long, the cycle path goes through a wood, so environmental and wildlife footprint, as well as people safety, were carefully considered when upgrading the existing 60 LED luminaires.

AEM favoured the solution with the lowest possible impact on animals, the highest possible energy efficiency and quality of service. Every lamp is now interfaced with a motion sensor, so lights are automatically switched on and dimmed at 100% only when cyclists or pedestrians pass by. The application is managed and remotely controlled through PE Smart CMS platform.

Thanks to this solution, AEM succeeded in reducing annual operating hours along the bike trail from 4,300 to 600, with 86% savings. Overall power consumption dropped from 68.8 kWh to 9.6 kWh per year, and average costs decreased from 11.19 CHF to 1.56 CHF per light point.

More information about Tesserete‐Canobbio project is available here.