Smart Lighting as a Foundation for a Smart City
Smart lighting is the foundation for creating smart cities. Check out this post on smart lighting and how sensors and the IoT are revolutionizing smart cities.
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Infrastructure and services play a key role in enabling a city to grow and eventually turn into a smart city. By now, we all have clarity on the concept of what a smart city is and the essential components of a city that makes it smart. The decision makers of a city show great ambition to transform their city by deploying smart solutions, which reduce human efforts and provide great improvements in the living standards. Providing basic amenities to the citizens is the topmost priority of a smart city initiative. So, without getting into the basics, let’s talk about one of the most important features of a smart city.
There are various digital networks around the city and IoT installed devices, which collect and transmit gathered information that is, then, sent it to the main server for processing. Smart lighting has been recognized as the first step in a smart city initiative by the officials as they wish to implement this for reduced energy consumption and lower consumption costs. Smart lights in a smart city could include street lights and lamp posts, which has sensors in them and are also the backbone for public safety, traffic management, and smart parking.
Today, cities consume 78 percent of the world’s energy, and 54 percent of the world’s population lives in cities, which is predicted to increase to 66 percent by 2050, according to UN Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Program).
It is time for us to take smart initiatives to conserve energy and use it efficiently so that we do not face issues regarding depleting resources. Through the smart city initiatives, we can use technology as the core for any and every type of process to be enabled in a city, which would make use of IoT devices to perform their own tasks. The IoT devices installed in selected parts of the city can collect information ranging from traffic to parking spaces through a network spread across the city. These exact same networks can assist in controlling the lights by turning them on and off with additional options through a central location.
Improving safety within the city is one of the major benefits of smart lighting solution. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and traffic can be managed securely through intelligent lighting installed in the entire city. Crimes can be reduced through the installation of smart lighting in areas that are highly prone to crimes. When this solution is in place, the concerned authority will experience a huge difference in energy consumption and cost reduction due to the efficient use of energy and smart solutions.
The way smart lights works is that they derive power from the power grid and the street light poles have small cells that are a key enabler for smart solutions. The small cell infrastructure providers come in association with lighting solution providers to integrate the entire solution in the light poles. When a city is ready to deploy smart lighting poles, they can directly get the ready solution that can be installed directly in the smart lighting lamps.
Through a network canopy, the smart lighting solution can cater to multiple departments in a city, like education institutions, organizations, and homes through a smart infrastructure — this is a sign of the digital transformation of a city. Gains from a smart lighting solution are lower maintenance and reducing CO2 emissions. This will save a lot of energy, which can be used for a better purpose. There can also be automation in the smart lamps through intelligent sensors that turn on when it’s dark and turn off when its daylight. On a scalable platform, the smart lighting solution can perform much more efficiently. City roads and highways can be much safer through improved visibility and constant availability of light.
Smart cities are dubbed as the future cities. The core component of a future city is the technology implemented within that city. As we are experiencing a rapid growth in technology and the IoT, we can be almost sure newer solutions can be implemented in a smart city that will improve many aspects of city management and infrastructure.
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