Outdoor Gateway

The external NovaCom network gateway with expansion functions

The NovaCity Outdoor Gateway is the communication gateway for the NovaCom network to be installed outdoors. NovaCom is a low-data-rate, low-power wireless network specializing in the connectivity of Smart City equipment. The NovaCity Gateway is in direct communication (via 3G / 2G) with the NovaServer, the NovaCom network’s orchestrator. You can install it against a public lighting pole or on the facade.

The gateway also offers switches connected to its inputs to trigger lighting scenes. Doppler radar can also be connected to the bridge to count vehicle passes and change street lighting accordingly.

In short

IEEE 802.15.4 868MHz NovaCom
Low-data-rate and low consumption
Extensions (switches, counting radars)
Remote reprogramming
Made in Switzerland


NovaCom Mesh Wireless Router

The primary function of the NovaCity Outdoor Gateway is to act as an access point for the NovaCom network. It is a low-speed, low-power wireless network specifically designed for connecting Smart City devices. The gateway can manage up to 256 devices. Note that thanks to the mesh network, the devices do not all need to be within the NovaCity Outdoor Gateway range. Indeed, the network objects inter-communicate and relay messages to extend network coverage. The connection to the centralized software is achieved through a cellular network (3G / 2G).

NovaCom network access point
3G / 2G connectivity
Connection of 256 devices

Remote reprogramming

The NovaCity Outdoor Gateway can be updated remotely from the NovaServer software to manage the NovaCom network. The gateway also acts as an intermediary for reprogramming objects connected to the network. Remote updating is an essential feature to ensure the system’s sustainability in terms of features and security.

Remote update of the gateway
Remote update of objects in the network


The gateway can also manage up to 4 switches that you can trigger with the remote management platform. This feature makes it possible, for example, to create lighting scenes for public places or sports grounds.

The NovaCity Outdoor Gateway can accommodate up to 4 Doppler radars, counting vehicle passages on one or more road sections. This extension capability is used in the context of volumetric public lighting, i.e., when the intensity of the luminaires must vary according to the evolution of road traffic.

Up to 4 switches
Up to 4 road counting radars

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NovaCity Outdoor Gateway, the outdoor gateway for the NovaCom Smart-City wireless network

The NovaCity Outdoor Gateway is the communication gateway for the NovaCom network you can deploy in outdoor installations. NovaCom is a low-data-rate, low-consumption wireless Smart City network; it is exceptionally robust because of the frequency used (sub gigahertz 868 MHz) and its meshed operation. Each meshed object contributes to the growth of the network by relaying messages to the gateways. The NovaCity Outdoor Gateway also offers extensions such as switches to trigger actions in the remote management platform or vehicle count Doppler radars.

Product features

Dimensions (mm) : 98(H)*157(L)*86(P)
Weight : 5.25kg

The NovaCity Outdoor Gateway can be mounted on a public lighting pole or on a facade. You can install the box on poles of at least 100mm in diameter at installation height. The brackets accept fixing by rack tie or metal strips (fixing not supplied). The box is equipped with five pre-assembled cable glands to connect external equipment and the power supply input.

Environmental parameters Min Typical Max Unit
Operating temperature -25 +60 °C
Operating humidity 20 90 %RH
Maximum operating altitude 2000 meters
Degree of protection IP65
Impact protection IK10

The main box is connected to the 230VAC electrical network. The power supply has short circuit protection, overload protection, and over-voltage protection. The power consumed depends on the equipment installed in the extension.

Electrical parameters Min Typical Max Unit
Input voltage (AC) 85 230 264 VAC
Frequency 48 50 63 Hz
Input current 20 30 50 mA
Power (equipment without extensions) 2 3 5 W
Overvoltage category III
Cellular : 3G/2G
Radio frequencies : IEEE 802.15.4 868MHz NovaCom

The gateway is an access point to the NovaCom mesh topology, low-data-rate, low-power wireless network. A mesh topology implies that the communication network initially generated by the NovaLight Outdoor Gateway can be extended by all the objects connected to it (signals relayed by the objects). Objects can also exchange messages directly with each other. NovaLight uses, in particular, this mechanism for the creation of light paths with dynamic lighting.

Radio frequency parameters Min Typical Max Unit
Frequency 869.525 MHz
Bit rate 38.4 kbps
Power 100 mW
Sensitivity -104 dBm
Range 150 600 meters
Mark CE (RED)
EMC EN 301 489-1/2 (in progress)
SRD EN 300 220-1/2
Safety EN 62368-1 (in progress)
Cellular EN 301 511, EN 301 908-1/2 (in progress)
Product name Reference
NovaCity Outdoor Gateway 3G/2G NC-OG-023NCE
Counting radar NT-MR2-010
Technical documents
Frequently asked questions
How to install the NovaCity Outdoor Gateway?

The NovaCity Outdoor Gateway is very easy to install, and it can be mounted either on a public lighting pole or on the facade. You can use either ratchet ligatures or Petitjean type stainless steel fasteners for installation on a mast. You then have to drill the mast to pass the cable through, deburring to connect the device in the mast access hatch finally. For a front installation, you will need to remove the pre-assembled pole brackets; install the wall extensions supplied with the box and the screws previously used for fixing the mast; drill the wall after presenting and pointing the fixing holes. Finally, set the box on the wall.

How to commission the product?

Once installed, you must configure the integrated NovaCity Gateway to reach the remote management platform. You must specify the server URL and configure the cellular interface to do so. Usually, the gateway is delivered pre-configured. If necessary, you can configure it using a USB-serial cable and the Novaccess Device Center software available from our technical support.

You also have to register the NovaCity Outdoor Gateway with the online software to be allowed to connect. You can achieve this registration by using the NovaLight mobile application or software. However, the mobile application makes it easier to retrieve the product serial number by simply scanning the barcode visible on the product label.

I have SIM cards; can I use them in the NovaCity Outdoor Gateway?

Yes. The NovaCity Outdoor Gateway requires a SIM card in 2FF format. The SIM card is located inside the case. Installing a SIM card requires configuring the gateway using a USB-serial cable and the Novaccess Device Center software available from our technical support. The required settings are the APN, PIN code, and the username and password for the APN if needed.

How to connect a switch to the product?

Connecting an external switch is very easy. All you need to do is plug a two-pole cable via one of the cable glands pre-mounted on the equipment. One of the poles supplies the NovaCity Gateway voltage and must be targeted at the input of the switch. The second pole is the return to the NovaCity Gateway when the switch is on. The maximum recommended offset is 5 to 10 meters. The NovaCity Gateway will then react to the state change and transmit the signal to the remote management server.

How to connect a counting radar to the NovaCity Outdoor Gateway?

You can connect vehicle counting radars to the NovaCity Outdoor Gateway. We supply each radar with a 5-meter pre-assembled cable. You can connect each radar to the NovaCity Outdoor Gateway after passing the cable through one of the cable glands pre-mounted on the equipment.  The radar datasheet describes the connection.

How many accessories can I connect to the NovaCity Outdoor Gateway?

The NovaCity Outdoor Gateway has 4 locations for attaching accessories, for example, switches or counting radars.

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