Smart Lighting at Train Stations and Platforms
The effective maintenance of lighting at train stations and platforms is essential to its continuing efficiency and meeting the requirements of a particular railroad system and environment standards. Lighting solutions need to include everything from busy winter mornings to the last train on a sleepy Sunday. The aim of the smart lighting at train stations is to allow simple, safe, and effective maintenance while avoiding the need for any special equipment and interruptions to daily train industry services. It is key that smart lighting is appropriate to the environment and can also be easily maintained. Lighting at the train stations and platforms needs to be bright, glare-free, and more importantly – energy saving. Trains, escalators, and platforms need to be visible by passengers and staff, ensuring safety within this busy environment.
A majority of train stations in Lithuania during the night and off-peak hours experience only limited activity. LTG aims to make the stations safer and more sustainable with a focus on the environment and society. In particular, LTG expects to reduce energy costs by applying innovative solutions such as smart lighting.
Challenges include ensuring that the range of luminaires can provide the desired light performance required in areas such as platforms, public areas (ticket offices, escalators, etc), train lines, outside access points (car parks, sidewalks, etc), and staff working areas. It all leads to ensure that the complete smart lighting would illuminate the required area effectively and save company costs.
Lighting controls systems used in a rail environment shall be straight forward to install, easy to operate, and simple to maintain while ensuring the maintained illuminance is achieved during the life of the luminaires.
Lighting solutions for train stations have to ensure that the design of the lighting takes into account the special requirements of the railway environment, which can be difficult for access to maintain the equipment due to different station architecture across Lithuania.
The installed smart lighting system must allow passengers to clearly see all arriving trains at platforms, ticket offices, ticket machines, signages, escalators and exits at train stations, and for train operators to see all passengers on platforms.
The intensity of smart lighting would be regulated depending on the intensity of daylight and the movement of human flows on platforms or other public spaces.