VINCI Ener­gies and Start­up S O NAH enter into part­ner­ship for com­pre­hen­sive smart city applications

VINCI Ener­gies and the Aachen-based start­up S O NAH have tak­en their coop­er­a­tion to a new lev­el in the form of a coop­er­a­tion agree­ment for a strate­gic part­ner­ship. As a lead­ing tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny, VINCI Ener­gies sees itself as hav­ing a respon­si­bil­i­ty to make cities, trans­port and traf­fic flows more effi­cient and thus make a deci­sive con­tri­bu­tion to greater sus­tain­abil­i­ty. In this con­text, the VINCI ener­gies brand Omex­om is now coop­er­at­ing even more close­ly with the start-up S O NAH. Togeth­er, the two com­pa­nies are imple­ment­ing an intel­li­gent smart-light­ning solu­tion that, in addi­tion to smart park­ing, cre­ates fur­ther com­pre­hen­sive pos­si­bil­i­ties for smart city applications.

The biggest lever for more sus­tain­abil­i­ty is glob­al road trans­port: it accounts for around 18 per­cent of CO2 emis­sions – and the less a car dri­ves, the low­er its emis­sions. VINCI Ener­gies pro­motes the ener­gy tran­si­tion and thus more sus­tain­abil­i­ty through var­i­ous solu­tions in the smart city envi­ron­ment as well as diverse coop­er­a­tions with star­tups such as S O NAH. The com­bi­na­tion of the VINCI solu­tion WE-LIGHT OPEN with the sen­sor inno­va­tion of S O NAH shows exem­pli­fied the devel­op­ment poten­tial between inno­v­a­tive start-ups and the infra­struc­ture experts of VINCI Energies.

“The com­pa­ny S O NAH, which we got to know through our Start­up Con­nect pro­gram, has proven to be an ide­al part­ner for our ambi­tions in the field of smart cities,” says Dr. Bern­hard Kirch­mair, CDO of VINCI Ener­gies in DACH and East­ern Europe. “The start-up’s inno­v­a­tive approach com­ple­ments our in-house devel­op­ment for intel­li­gent street lights, which form the foun­da­tion for smart city appli­ca­tions. A strate­gic part­ner­ship was there­fore the next log­i­cal step for us.”

“In order to digi­tise our urban infra­struc­ture, we need pre­cise­ly this form of coop­er­a­tion. This is where the knowl­edge of count­less infra­struc­ture projects from over 100 years is com­bined with mod­ern high-tech solu­tions,” says Vic­tor ter Smit­ten, CEO of S O NAH.

Devel­oped by VINCI Ener­gy brand Omex­om, the WE-LIGHT OPEN solu­tion makes it easy to con­vert the stan­dard street lights that are already every­where to ensure con­tin­u­ous 24/7 pow­er sup­ply in the AC 400V and 230V range, as well as DC 24V, 12V and 5V. Addi­tion­al infra­struc­ture is not nec­es­sary. This gives oper­a­tors the free­dom to install a wide range of sen­sors and appli­ca­tions for street lights – for exam­ple, for park­ing space man­age­ment, for traf­fic flow mea­sure­ments, open WIFI or as their own charg­ing infra­struc­ture for elec­tric vehi­cles and e‑bikes. FOR S O NAH, WE-LIGHT OPEN is the ide­al basis for its own solu­tion: The unin­ter­rupt­ible pow­er sup­ply cov­ers the ener­gy require­ments and the use of street lamps makes it pos­si­ble to install the sen­sors nation­wide and increased for the best pos­si­ble mea­sur­ing posi­tion. The start-up’s sen­sor plat­form is thus a pio­neer­ing addi­tion to the VINCI solu­tion by using an image recog­ni­tion algo­rithm to deter­mine up to ten cen­time­tres of accu­rate anony­mous meta­da­ta about the exist­ing park­ing space. The data enters the S O NAH City Cock­pit or can be inte­grat­ed into third-par­ty solu­tions via open inter­faces. Oth­er appli­ca­tions such as waste detec­tion to car­ry out traf­fic cen­sus­es or the col­lec­tion of back­logs for traf­fic flow opti­miza­tion have already been added.