Iveda the worldwide provider of AI video search, Internet of Things (IoT), video surveillance and smart city digital transformation technologies, announced the launch of Utilus. Utilus brings together all of Iveda’s smart city technologies including video surveillance, AI-based video analytics, IvedaSPS (smart power system) and IvedaPinpoint’s location-based trackers and smart sensors, into a centralized management platform.
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All modern cities in the world have light poles with power. Iveda simply taps into the existing power and equips it with Utilus. Utilus consists of a smart power management and wireless mesh communications network with WiFi, 4G and 5G small cell capabilities and other wireless protocols as required.
Once light poles are equipped with Utilus, they communicate with each other, establishing a network that provides distributed video surveillance with AI video search technology and remote management of local devices such as trackers, water meters, electrical meters, valves, circuit breakers and sensors.
In addition, Utilus includes an energy storage battery system for continuous operation and backup should there be a municipal power outage. With Iveda Pole Gateway and IvedaSPS, the system acts as a microgrid to provide power to mission critical infrastructure when needed. It can also be used for electric car charging stations.
“Our smart city technologies are the culmination of almost two decades of product development and experience in providing cloud-based solutions,” said David Ly, CEO of Iveda. “Utilus adds a new level of security, safety and management tools for smart city initiatives. Whether it is instantly identifying and reporting a car accident or recognizing a vehicle with a potential abducted child, seconds matter.”
This announcement coincides with market research showing dramatic growth in the Smart City technology market. According to San Francisco-based Grand View Research, the current Smart City market is valued at $1.1B, with a compound growth rate of 24 percent through 2030. The company’s Smart City market report, released in March 2022, pointed to the integration of IoT, cloud computing, and AI as the main drivers of industry growth.
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The report stated that the need for sustainable infrastructure due to increasing population and urbanization has become a prime driver for the growth of the market. Governments worldwide are trying to tackle the challenges with the adoption of smart city initiatives across functional segments that include utility management, mobility, and safety,” the report stated.
Iveda’s partner in South Africa is on the verge of deploying Utilus for a pilot smart city project at an 18-acre section of a gated community in Johannesburg estimated at over $1.5 million for just the pilot. More details of the project will follow.
“Our partner believes a successful pilot would result in deployment of Iveda’s smart city solution throughout Johannesburg as well as other urban areas of South Africa,” said Ly.
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