Introduction

The arc HUB is a product of the Active Reactor Company Pty Ltd located in Melbourne, Australia.  The arc HUB comprises a range of Smart City devices which measure and communicate asset utilisation and environmental data that can be utilised to enhance decision making in the urban and regional contexts

The arc HUB range is designed to be sufficiently low in cost, self-powering, easy to install and have networking connectivity so that the devices can be located in multiple locations to gather and disseminate the measured data.

The arc HUB is very cost effective for high density data capture including air quality, temperature, light levels, water levels, movement and other physical quantities using Client approved sensors. The arc HUB can handle multiple quantities simultaneously and transmit the data at intervals as required by the Client


Device

The arc HUB body is made from tough plastic, it is rated IP65 and is fixed to a pole (or any structure).

The unit is self-powered by using solar cells, rechargeable batteries and battery management hardware to maximise battery charging, output and life.

The unit is easy to install by a non skilled tradesperson. It does not require an electrician for its installation.


Measurement Capabilities

detect and measure a variety of parameters

The arc HUB can measure, via a variety of internal and external sensors, the following parameters:

Air Quality

Air Quality that indicate particle quantities and smoke effects to help protect the health, wellbeing and safety of exposed community areas and their occupants

Light Levels

Light levels that can detect under performance of LED streetlights due to non compliance with manufacturers’ claims, LED failures or the need to clean the light. Day time light levels can also be measured

Movement

Movement of people that can be used to better plan the maintenance and location of public assets such as park barbeques or to detect unauthorised activity

Temperature

Temperature that indicates the local ambient temperature in the vicinity of each arc HUB

Water Levels

Water levels in drains and water retention tanks to better protect residents and businesses against impending flooding

Wind Sensor

Wind sensor to measure local wind strength

Shock Impacts

Shock sensor to asses usage of amenities such as basketball boards

In addition client-approved sensors relating to wind speed, carbon monoxide, and noise are being investigated for their potential integration into the arc HUB system.

Communications

completely wireless data transmission

The arc HUB has on board hardware and software to support narrow band wireless communications using cellular mobile technology. Subscription based convenient access is provided via a customer’s mobile device, App or program means using an Applications Programming Interface (API). Data can be extracted from the web portal and put into specific internal systems or databases with no restrictions on data accessibility.

The arc HUB specialised IOT (internet of things) operating system and customised software has flexible communications capability, is cost efficient, is easy to program and use, has low power consumption, and can concurrently manage multiple devices. The arc HUB addresses the challenges of the conventional approach to sensors that is based on operating systems requiring specialist programming skills, high unit costs, high power consumption and sophisticated middle ware requirements.


Sensors

a variety of internal and external sensors

The arc HUB itself has light detection and temperature measuring sensors built in. A fully integrated air quality sensor is also available in the arc HUB housing.

Peripheral arc HUB sensors encapsulated into communications devices are available that enable:

People traffic detection, Water level detection, Asset usage detection

In addition client approved sensors for measuring various gases (carbon monoxide) and noise are being developed for their inclusion into the arc HUB range of smart devices.

Sensors can communicate with a nearby arc HUB via 915 MHz short range ISM band transceivers or can independently communicate data via narrow band wireless communications using cellular mobile technology depending on the specific customer needs. Alternatively, the data can be communicated to the customer’s specific communications network.