The second year students in the department of Electronics & Communication Engineering of Shri Madhwa Vadiraja Institute of Technology & Management, Bantakal have developed a unique system called “Solar-Powered Smart Pedestal Lighting System for Remote Rural Areas”, as part of a sponsored project. The main aim of the project is to provide a smart street lighting system for an entire village powered from solar energy. The project aims at harvesting the energy from renewable energy sources like sun and to effectively use the harvested energy for the benefit of remote villages facing serious electricity problems.
The word “smart” is used because the system not only powers the street lights but also detects the direction of movement of the pedestrians and helps them by of illuminating the path of movement. By integrating all the street lights with the smart street light system it is possible to systematically help the pedestrians to reach the destination in remote rural areas which are facing serious electric power supply problems. The same system can also be used for household lighting as it works on the principle of sensing the thermal signature of human body to switch the light On or Off, thereby making efficient use of electric power.
The project was sponsored by the Vision Group on Science and Technology (VGST), Department of IT BT and Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka. This innovative project was carried out by Mr. Pranav P. Rao, Mr. S. R. Dhanush and Mr. Ajesh, under the guidance of Mr. Rajesh Nayak, Assistant Professor, Dept. of E&C Engineering, SMVITM, Bantakal.