OLC Pole Detect

The intelligent outdoor pole-mounted light controller with motion sensors

The OLC Pole Detect is a light controller. It is straightforward to install on public lighting poles thanks to its magnetic attachment for steel poles or thanks to a ligature. It is connected through the hatch of the mast and can perform phase control in on/off mode. You can dim the light intensity when connecting the OLC Pole Detect to the DALI or 1-10V bus (control interface to be specified when ordering).

The OLC Pole Detect comprises three infrared detectors. Thanks to those detectors, you can create light paths. You can vary the intensity of a light fixture and its neighbors when movement is detected. In addition to communicating with its neighbors, the controller connects to remote management software via a wireless network.

In short


Streetlight control

The controller communicates with the luminaire ballast via a 1-10V or DALI interface (to be specified when ordering). While the 1-10V only allows light intensity reduction, the DALI interface offers additional functions such as failure detection by the ballast.


Streetlight switching

You can switch on the controller either by using a traditional centralized remote control or thanks to a constant power supply. In the first case, the controller switches on simultaneously as the luminaire; it then starts the application of the configured dimming profiles. The astronomical clock built into the controller plays a central role in the second case. This clock computes the sunset, and sunrise times, according to the streetlight coordinates and the date. On this astronomical basis, you also can incorporate sunset and sunrise offsets depending on the observations made in the field.

Compatible with a centralized remote control
Integrated astronomical clock


Light intensity reduction profiles can be configured easily on the remote management software and are synchronized to the controller via the wireless network.

Scheduled dimming
Dynamic dimming
Volumetric dimming

Energy measurements

The integrated energy meter enables measurements of energy consumption and savings. In addition, instantaneous measurements can be retrieved on request: frequency, voltage, current, power, and power factor. You can store the measurements in remote management software for analysis.

Instant electrical measurements
Consumption measurement
Calculation of savings

Fault detection

The luminaire controller continuously monitors electrical parameters, luminaire operating status, configuration, or communication faults. These faults are detected either directly by the luminaire controller or by the luminaire drivers (be careful, the use of DALI control mode is required).

Electrical faults
Lamp faults
Configuration or communication faults

Power control

The controller is equipped with a power relay and can thus cut off power to the lamp when needed while maintaining the communication network functional for other applications.

max 600W

Motion detection

The controller has three infrared detection cells covering an almost circular area around the luminaire up to a distance of 10 to 12 meters. The detection can be configured to, for example, specify which neighboring luminaires should also react to detection of this luminaire.

Three infrared cells
12-meter range
Up to 50km/h
Control interface
Light gray or dark gray
Mast size
Standard or large mast (Ø> 100mm)

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Pole mounted luminaire controller with infrared motion detection

The NovaLight OLC Pole Detect is a luminaire controller with a magnetic attachment for steel poles or a ligature attachment for non-steel poles. It comprises three infrared motion detection cells covering an almost circular area with a radius of 10 to 12 meters around the controller. You can dim the street lighting at very low intensity when no movement is detected on the roads, thus achieving significant energy savings. These savings can be measured using the integrated energy meter. In addition, lighting faults are automatically detected and sent to centralized remote management software via a wireless network.

Product features

Dimensions (mm) : 143(H)*68(l)*65(P)
Weight : 660g

The controller is made of anti-UV PC / ASA plastic and grade V0. The box comprises four magnets that magnetically attach the device to the zinc-plated / galvanized steel poles with a force of several kilograms. A ligature slot with a maximum width of 8mm can be used if necessary. In that case, we recommend using stainless steel ligatures. In addition, an additional option is possible for mounting on large diameter masts (to be specified when ordering). You need a 10mm hole in the mast to install this product.

Environmental parameter MIN TYPICAL MAX Unit
Operating temperature -30 +75 °C
Operating humidity 10 90 %RH
Degree of protection IP66
Impact protection IK09
The controller is delivered with a 5-meter factory pre-assembled cable with 5-poles conveying the power supply and the control interface: Input electrical phase, neutral, output electrical phase, DALI + and DALI- or DIM- and DIM + (1-10V). For the DALI version, the built-in DALI power supply can provide 50mA. For the 1-10V version, the maximum supplied/absorbed current is 2mA.
Electrical parameters Min Typical Max Unit
Input voltage 85 230 264 VAC
Frequency 47 50 70 Hz
Maximum charging power - - 600 W
Average consumption 1 1.5 2.5 W
Detection : Infrared
The motion detector has three sensors oriented to pick up passages from both sides of a lamppost and in front of the lamppost. The detector covers an angle of approximately 230 ° to the axis of the lamppost for a 60mm diameter pole. The sensors work best at an installation height of 5 meters, and the lower the height, the smaller the detected area.
Parameters Min Typical Max Unit
Infrared detection cells - 3 - -
Detection range 10 12 meters
Opening 230 °
Installation height 2.5 5 meters
Radio frequency : IEEE 802.15.4 868MHz NovaCom
The controller is connected to centralized software via a low-data-rate, low-power, mesh-topology wireless network. A mesh topology implies that the communication network initially generated by a NovaLight Gateway access point/router/gateway can be extended by all the connected controllers (signals relayed by the controllers). Controllers can also exchange messages directly with each other. This mechanism is used to create light paths with dynamic lighting.
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 301 489-3
SRD EN 300 220-1/-2
Safety EN 60950-1

This product is available in different variations. Two colors are available: steel gray (RAL7040) or anthracite gray (RAL7015). Those colors correspond very well to Akzo 900 powder-coated poles. Masts with a diameter greater than 100mm can work with the magnetic attachment is made of steel. If necessary, an option allows binding by ligature on those types of masts. You can choose your control mode depending on the possibilities of the streetlight ballasts, either 1-10V or DALI (to be preferred if possible).

Standard poles Ø < 100mm
Novalight OLC Pole Detect DALI NL-OLCPD-L-LG-010 NL-OLCPD-L-DG-010
Novalight OLC Pole Detect 1-10V NL-OLCPD-LZ-LG-010 NL-OLCPD-LZ-DG-010
Large poles Ø > 100mm
Novalight OLC Pole Detect DALI NL-OLCPDB-L-LG-010 NL-OLCPDB-L-DG-010
Novalight OLC Pole Detect 1-10V NL-OLCPDB-L-LG-010 NL-OLCPDB-L-DG-010
Technical documents
Frequently asked questions
How to install the NovaLight OLC Pole Detect?

The installation of this mast controller is straightforward. All you must do is drill the mast with a 10mm bit, deburr the hole and then pass the factory pre-assembled cable. The attachment is either magnetic for compatible masts or a stainless-steel ligature not supplied. The cable contains five wires (input phase, neutral, output phase, and, depending on the model: DALI + / DALI- or GND / 1-10V). You can connect the cable in the mast hatch, where the controller must bypass the power to the streetlight to perform energy measurements and power control.

How to commission the NovaLight OLC Pole Detect?

You must register the NovaLight OLC Pole Detect in the remote management software to be operational. To do this, we recommend that you use the NovaLight mobile application. Thanks to this mobile application, you can select/create a light point, scan the product barcode required for registration, and enter the OLC details. Suppose the controller is referenced in the software on the light point; as soon as the NovaLight Gateway router is powered, the NovaLight OLC Pole Detect can connect to the remote management software to receive its configuration.

Can the NovaLight OLC Pole Detect control non-LED streetlights?

Yes, but only with the electrical phase-in on/off mode control. It will make it possible to measure the energy consumption of the light point, to manage its switching on / off, but will not allow light dimming. It is also necessary to verify that the streetlight meets the electrical limits of the controller.

How do you know if the product is working?

The ideal approach is to verify correct operation through the remote management platform, either through the web interface or mobile application. You can make instant manual checks when the streetlight and the network are switched on. By changing the light intensity and checking the energy data, you can check that the dimming is working correctly. On-site and during the day, the controller will switch on the streetlight. However, this will depend on the configuration of the setback schedule. For example, the program can activate the astronomical clock function, which will switch off the lights.

Can this controller manage multiple streetlights?

The controller can perform diagnostics for up to 12 different luminaires on the DALI bus. In terms of intensity control, the controller will only transmit general commands that will impact all lights uniformly, whether in DALI or 1-10V.

Can the NovaLight OLC Pole Detect provide volumetric or scheduled dimming?

Yes. The NovaLight OLC Pole Detect can be part of a volumetric dimming strategy. You can also mix the scheduled and dynamic profiles according to the hours of the night.

Can motion detection be disabled?

Yes, by the way, that is the default behavior. The remote management software can then achieve the configuration.

Is it possible to activate only one detection cell rather than all three?

No, the detection cells all work at the same time. The OLC Pole Detect cannot ignore detection incoming from any infrared sensor.

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