Belgian smart lighting start-up joins French ‘Smart City’ leader
French Group Lacroix, one of Europe’s leaders in smart city technologies, purchased Belgian start-up Smartnodes. Born in 2014 from an inter-university project, the young Liège-based company got known with its ‘smart light bubbles’ put up in Wavre in 2017.
Back in Autumn 2014, the ULiège and UCLouvain universities started a research program. It grew into a start-up employing fifteen people today. This week, French Smart City technology leader, Group Lacroix, purchased the young Belgian company.
Smart light bubbles
“We are rejoiced by this buyback. Our competences have been immediately recognized by the Lacroix directory. From Liège, we’re becoming the Smart City competence center and the Northern Europe commercial base. Plus, we’re benefiting from the group’s excellent reputation,” declared Smartnodes’ CEO, Jean Beka.
Smartnodes made a name for itself with its intelligent technologies marketed to cities. Back in 2017, it installed its Smart Light Bubbles in Wavre’s Expo Village. The intelligent lighting system uses sensors and lights the path around the road user.
Moreover, any issues with this technology can be dealt with over the air. For cities, it represents essential cost savings linked to energy consumption. It keeps the required amount of lighting to maintain safety and the best quality of life.
“Smartnodes reinforces our European leadership in intelligent public light management and maintains our ambition for Smart Cities,” declares Vincent Bedouin, Lacroix Group’s CEO.