ST lands Brazil and Taiwan smart city projects

  • November 29, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Singapore-based ST Engineering has secured smart city projects using smart mobility and IoT technology in Kaohsiung in Taiwan and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Reinforcing its strengths in helping cities solve urban problems through technology and innovation, these add to its track record of more than 700 smart city projects across over 130 cities.

“Securing these landmark projects provides further validation of the unique strengths, quality and reliability of our smart city solutions, and our credentials as a leading global smart city participant,” said Chew Men Leong, president of urban technology at ST Engineering. “We are delighted to serve as technology partner on these projects, lending our expertise and global experience in smart mobility and IoT to help our customers address their challenges to improve quality of life for their communities. Importantly, we are helping cities pave their way to a more connected, resilient and sustainable future.”

Its smart mobility business is part of a consortium with Hyundai Rotem to be awarded a $445m contract by the Kaohsiung City Mass Rapid Transit Bureau to provide turnkey rail services comprising smart metro stations, trains and a power supply system for the Kaohsiung MRT Red Line Extension, over a seven-year period. The 13km extension line, which is a key rail infrastructure programme in Kaohsiung, consists of six elevated stations with an option for two additional stations.

Working with its partners, ST Engineering will be responsible for providing the communications and scada systems, automatic fare collection system, platform screen doors and signalling. This project adds to the group’s smart mobility track record of over 200 smart metro projects in more than 50 cities.

In Rio de Janeiro, its smart utilities and infrastructure business is participating in one of the world’s largest single deployments of a city-wide public smart street light control project, serving as a technology partner to the Smart Luz consortium in the city’s public lighting public-private partnership (PPP) project.

It will deploy its telematics wireless T-Light Galaxy smart street lighting with Agil IoT platform to connect more than 300,000 LED street lights across the city. The IoT platform also has the capability to manage more than 25,000 devices and sensors to enable wifi hotspots, waste management and traffic junction sensing for future smart city applications.

Work will start this quarter and last two years, with a ten-year operation and maintenance portion that comes with an option to extend for another eight years. This project builds on the group’s record of growth for wireless nodes and IoT worldwide.

“The Rio de Janeiro public lighting PPP project will be the largest integrated smart city deployment in Latin America, and will have a transformational impact as well as long-lasting and continuous benefits for the sustainable development of the city of Rio de Janeiro and its population,” said Yan Herreras Yambanis, vice president at Smart Luz. “Smart Luz is excited to be working with ST Engineering as technology partner for its proven technology, reliability and depth of knowledge in the realm of smart cities. We see ST Engineering with its local set-up in Brazil as a strategic partner, given the long-term nature and potential of smart lighting PPPs in Brazil and the region.”

The Smart Luz consortium was awarded the Rio de Janeiro PPP concession to operate, maintain, expand and modernise the city’s public lighting infrastructure for twenty years. This is the first public lighting and smart city PPP in Brazil financed through secured sustainability notes guaranteed by the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), with Goldman Sachs acting as global coordinator, bookrunner and sustainability bond structuring agent.