Intertraffic, the world’s largest traffic engineering fair, held in Amsterdam from 27.03.2012 to 31.03. 2012, was once again the venue for presentation of the Innovation Awards for Road Safety, Infrastructure, Smart Mobility, Parking and Traffic Management.
Langmatz beat off the competition to win the Infrastructure category with its proposal for the electric vehicle charging infrastructure “Charging at the street lighting pole”.
In the past an initial attempt in this direction had already been made in 2000 in the form of a consortium in Berlin headed up by Dr Schulze. Two years ago Langmatz took up the idea again in a research project with Fraunhofer Institute IAO and combined it with modern LED street lighting.
In the course of this project, the target of funding from Germany’s Ministry for Economic Affairs under the ZIM Programme, the SME innovation initiative, the developers managed to make the charging module so small that it fits into the lighting pole. This not only offers major benefits for the urban landscape and protection from vandalism – the balance sheet also shows an even better picture in terms of costs.
This global approach featuring an integrated LED charging light put forward by the SME so impressed the judging panel that it was nominated among the 900 companies pitching for the award. As the final hurdle, the firm from Garmisch-Partenkirchen was invited on 26.03.2012 to put its innovative product before the judges once again. And on this occasion the business from Upper Bavaria had no trouble whatsoever in highlighting the benefits offered by the concept. The prize was then awarded at the opening ceremony on the following day. The pitching team had summarised the different concepts of the nominated business once again in an impressive video – and finally, the staff from Langmatz were able to take their place on stage as one of the five winners selected to receive the coveted trophy.
Head judge Prof. Fred Wegmann emphasised how, in comparison with conventional EV charging stations, Langmatz’s concept perfectly combines aesthetic urban design with sustainable cost benefits and as such, may play a role as a potential enabler for charging infrastructure in the city of tomorrow. Merely to be nominated was for Langmatz was a major success. The award confirms that the company is on the right track with its strategy: giving equal weight in the field of public charging infrastructure to urban architecture and affordable connection technology, with this being achieved through the concept of the LED charging light by making use of existing infrastructure.