• Lighting India
  • Dec 20, 2017

Achal Trivedi, Head Lighting Business, Motwane Manufacturing Company Pvt. Ltd.

Motwane Lighting is focused on providing energy conserving & ROI driven solutions in the area of Smart Lighting Solutions. The company’s system provides up to 50% + energy saving by reduction in energy consumption/usage. Converting ‘Cost’ asset to ‘Value adding’ Asset. The company has forayed into various operations in this field.
Achal Trivedi, Head Lighting Business, Motwane Manufacturing Company Pvt. Ltd., talks to Lighting India about the business and industry.


How does Motwane’s lighting and controls serve as the backbone of the smart city?

The first question is what is meant by a ‘smart city’?
The answer is there is no universally accepted definition of a smart city. The policy makers, city planners, and the citizens will have different view of smart city. The smart city planner needs to bring the convergence of the aspirations and needs of the citizens as well as the level of development and willingness of the operating bodies to bring changes in way through various services are currently offered and consumed.

The conceptualisation of smart city, therefore, varies from city to city and country to country, depending on the level of development and willingness to change.

In the imagination of any city dweller in India, the picture of a smart city contains a wish list of infrastructure and services that describes his or her level of aspiration.

To provide for the aspirations and needs of the citizens, urban planners ideally aim at developing the entire urban eco-system, which is represented by the four pillars of smart cities.

• Technologies build around the IoT
• Economic infrastructure
• Energy conservation by effective utilisation and convenience for sustainable operations.
• Comprehensive development-institutional, physical, social etc.

We need to leverage the benefits of the technologies available to bring our smart cities at the international level for which the automation in operation and metering of the public amenities is essential.

Motwane lighting solutions aligns with the Mission of Smart city. With cutting edge technology for enabling Cities, Industries facilities, Campuses, Street Lights, Mega Residential projects with intelligent automated lighting system which will be remotely managed, monitored, controlled & analysed, through wireless connectivity. Also it enables reduction in maintenance Cost and Efforts with enhanced safety on streets for pleasant experience.

What are the basic elements of the lighting control system according to you?

Motwane lighting solutions focuses on the following economic and operational benefits to the stake holders of the smart city.

• Energy conservation by optimising the consumption of power
• Reliable and flexibility in remote operation and control and scalability
• Smart reporting for management and accountability
• real-time status for ease of maintenance
• Asset inventory management

On technology side Motwane lighting solution is convergence of the cutting edge technologies.

• User friendly application and data base on cloud server technology providing uninterrupted web access anywhere and anytime
• Intelligent controller with the capability to connect to the web application over telecom networks
• Node controller for each street light communicates through Radio Frequency

Can you tell us about the concept of smart city? What are the basic capabilities and benefits?

Urban development is a complex process in different dimensions and evaluation finally depends on the actions, their preferences and individual objectives.

A truly smart city may use the parameters and rating as a tool to benchmark with other cities, and draw lessons from better performing cities, perhaps resulting in policy transfer. The smart city development is oriented towards the smart indicators rather than rating a city, which inevitably is a snapshot in time.

In our opinion it is a developed urban area that creates sustainable economic development & high quality of life by excelling in multiple key areas of communication, mobility access to the various amenities.

Improving the way the services are offered to the citizens providing them a very new experience and making all the services interactive to suit to the needs of standards of living.

Some features and services include:

• Smart parking
• Intelligent mobility management system for transportation and traffic
• Smart grids for the utilities like water, gas and electricity
• Smart outdoor lighting of streets, parks monuments key landmarks and areas of public use and recreation
• Smart waste management
• Security and surveillance
• Digital-signage

Please describe Motwane’s solution. What equipment is used? How do devices communicate and manage the flow of data? Who operates the system and views the data, and how?

Smart lighting automation solution is the smart system facilitates to memorise, think, make judgment and control the lighting activities. It provides complete lighting solution to decide when to turn on/off, upon what situation and when to dim up/dim down, generate reports on the basis of various calculations and analysis.

Motwane smart lighting automation solution uses GSM/GPRS technology for the communication. The system has CCMS controller (i.e. centralised control and monitoring system), class 1 energy meter and switching components like MCB’s and contactors. The system communicates through Motwanes user interface software by which we can converse with controller to monitor real time data and control the functional activities such as set the schedules, monitor lamps, analyse reports, assign groups and operate the system from remote location.

Motwane have two types of solutions,

A. feeder level automation:
It provides feeder level phase wise switching control on schedule or on astronomical timer, energy monitoring and reporting with various alert notifications.
B. individual lamp level automation:
It is the same solution as like first, but for individual led lamp dimming control, we install Luminaire controller on each lamp, to control its dimming level as per preset schedule. The Luminaire controller can dim up or dim down the lamp luminance level in step of 10% (10 to 100 %) as per requirement.

System auto generates various reports such as energy saving, energy consumption, lamp failure, luminary glowing hours, daily on / off switching, etc. which helps management or any authority to check regular lighting health and its reliability.

It also generate alert notifications for any fault conditions such as system on/off, threshold voltage, current or power factor level crossing, power failure, door opening and GPS location change alert.

What’s Motwane’s notable example of a smart city scheme in action?

From last one and half year Motwane started development in smart lighting automation, and today with a strong and reliable solution, Motwane has credit of providing the solution to our very reputed customers like Mahindra world city-Jaipur campus, elcita-bangalore, Jusco (Jamshedpur utilities and Services Company), Magar patta city- Pune, and Tata communication limited- Pune.

We are also in process of making more proof of concepts of our solution with our customers.

Also we can proudly say that, Motwane is the first company in India which develops and supply Lora wan based lighting automation controller for individual lamp control, monitoring and reporting, and it already implemented successfully in Elcita in electronic city-Bangalore, Jusco and TCL-Pune campus.

What do you think will set Motwane lighting apart from its competitors in the lighting sector?

Motwane focused on providing energy conserving & ROI driven solutions in the area of smart lighting solutions. Motwane lighting system provides incremental energy saving by reduction in energy usage. Converting ‘cost’ asset to ‘value adding’ asset.

We seek to unleash the full potential of sensor technology and wireless communication, offering a pleasant experience that goes beyond traditional lighting. We envision the world where data is collected and managed effortlessly, for the good of cities and citizens. Everything we do is to provide innovative and intelligent solutions.

We provide the best suitable and flexible automation solution to our customer to integrate our solution with their existing system and application.

Motwane has own R&D setup in, which we develop our lighting solution in-house and having well established manufacturing unit in Nasik, Maharashtra to complete all demands of our customers.

What are the next steps you have planned in?

With the successful deployment of the system in India, we plan to take the offerings at global level.

We have studied the requirements from various countries and are pitching our solution to international clients.
We are also in process of developing the network for the local site assistance and operation in installation and for operation and management of sites at international destinations.

To make our offering more universal we are also in process of making our solution ready for integration to various IoT platforms.