Towards a Smart Highway Lighting System Based on Road Occupancy: Model Design and Simulation

  • Ahmad M. Mustafa
  • Omar M. Abubakr
  • Ahmed H. Derbala
  • Essam Ahmed
  • Bassem MokhtarEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 179)


Energy saving is a major aspect of smart cities, so optimizing highway lighting is essential, as it consumes considerable amounts of energy. However, there is a remarkable potential for reducing this consumption through smart lighting techniques. This paper introduces preliminary design and simulation for a smart highway lighting management system based on road occupancy. Wireless Sensors Network (WSN) detects the presence of vehicles along the road, and controls lamps accordingly. The system is simulated and optimized using a realistic probabilistic model for vehicles traffic, taking the advantage of simulation to provide estimation for expected energy saving rates; in contrary to previous works depending only on rough calculations or real-time results after implementation. According to simulation results, the proposed system can save up to 57.4% of power consumption compared to conventional lighting systems.


Smart cities Smart highway lighting Energy saving Wireless sensors network Traffic modeling Traffic simulation 



This work is a part of a graduation project at Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University. We would like to thank all members of the team which yielded this research (Abdullah Nasser, Abdullah Fathy, Ahmed M. Samy, Ayman M. Abdel-Nasser, Ayman Adel and Amr Youssry). We would like also to thank the SmartCI research center at Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt for their support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmad M. Mustafa
    • 1
  • Omar M. Abubakr
    • 1
  • Ahmed H. Derbala
    • 1
  • Essam Ahmed
    • 1
  • Bassem Mokhtar
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringAlexandria UniversityAlexandriaEgypt

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