In the obstacle course that constitutes developing a product or solution, there is an essential step that should not be missed: the time needed to market. In other words, you should get to the market neither early nor late! And for NRGYBox, which has been developing a connected box since 2019 to intelligently control public lighting for significant savings, it is difficult to do more than in the current context of the unprecedented rise in electricity costs in France and Europe.
Telephone operators streams
Purdue startup, co-founded by Remi Kubic and Alban Bergeras has already patented a connected box that can be easily connected to any light pole or control cabinet without any civil engineering work. “Each box contains a circuit breaker and an IoT (connected object) unit that works with LoRaWAN. Once installed, it allows via a mobile app to manually or automatically control each light point, either by reducing the intensity if c is an LED, or by by turning it off at the desired times and places.”explains to La Tribune Rémi Kupisz.
Another added value of the solution developed by these two engineers who worked at EDF and Safran is the auto-learning algorithm that automatically controls the lighting according to the motion flows. To be effective, it feeds on the phone’s location data purchased from the Orange operator and each time generates stations for the user near the antenna.
“We receive this data in 30-minute increments, which allows us to build a predictive model of travel by comparing what was achieved with our own expectations. Hence, the interest is to be able to focus the lighting in the places and times when there are the most people and cut the light where Useless “continues Remy Kubis, who just raised €500,000 from the Bordeaux investment fund Galia Gestion.
400 street lights are already equipped
Supported by Unitec and ADI Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the startup is already piloting around 400 light spots spread out with five clients in the region: Grand Cognac (Charente), Chauray (Deux-Sèvres), Jurançon and Saint-Pierre-d’Irube (Pyrénées – Atlantiques) and Gradignan, in the Bordeaux Metropole. Each community can decide how much savings they want to make and when and where they want to keep the lights on. And the critical comments proved, as the co-founder, who claims very significant gains, asserts:
“On average, there is a -65% reduction in LED consumption and -80% for conventional street lamps in parking lots and work areas. All without compromising public service and user safety. At night we can maintain light paths where necessary For society, the return on investment is about two years.”
According to NERGYBox, in Grand Cognac, the ChateauBernard business district installed 92 lighting points last year and saw the electricity bill drop -75% between April 2021 and May 2022 to drop to €2,300.
Enter the pre-industrial stage
By the end of 2023, the challenge now is to double the number of street lamps controlled by NRGYBox by ten, with the goal of achieving around €800,000 in sales volume by combining box selling with a subscription to its control solution. Services). For this purpose, the fundraising of €500,000 should make it possible to employ ten people within two years (technicians, commercial, marketing profiles, managers of commercial and technical sustainable development projects) and increase the frequency. “Our boxes are now manufactured in Toulouse and we are looking to find partners in New Aquitaine so that we can supply 4,000 street lights in the next 12 months.”Remy Kubis adds.
Priority goal? Cities and municipalities with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants before, then, think more: “France has 11 million light points, so our solution can have a significant economic and environmental impact,” The 49-year-old founder argues. But it is not alone in this booming market with already established competitors such as Toulouse-based Kawantech, which supplies street lamps with motion sensors.