Smart Lighting: Gateway to the Smart City

Municipal LED Street Lighting is Evolving

Experts project that by 2050, 68% of the world’s population will be in living in urban areas compared to 54% in 2016. The rapid urbanization has had its fair share of challenges including but not limited to:

  • Increased pressure on transport systems and the cities’ infrastructure
  • Increased criminal activity and street violence
  • Challenges in water supply and sanitation
  • Overcrowding

This explains the increased adoption of the internet of things (IoT) to make smart cities and therefore, improve public safety, traffic monitoring, and improved environmental quality.

According to statistics, modern cities consume more than 70% of the globe’s energy supply, and as the urban dwellers increase, so will this figure. The only viable solution to this challenge is the implementation of smart lighting solutions.

Smart street lighting improves a city’s energy efficiency by cutting down on energy and maintenance costs, not to mention that they reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Smart LED lights automatically dim if there are no vehicles or pedestrians on the roads leading to a significant reduction in energy usage. Case in point is the implementation of LED street lighting in California helped the government save more than 61.2 million kilowatt-hours, which translated to about $9 million.

Smart street lighting goes beyond energy consumption and environmental sustainability

Smart street lighting provides an ideal network where other IoT applications and devices can be connected, thus accelerating the growth of smart cities. As they are ubiquitous data can be collected and relayed to interconnected devices for services such as smart parking, traffic control, environmental monitoring, mobile broadband, and Wi-Fi connectivity, and public safety.

Real-time monitoring of street light through smart technology allows for immediate intervention should any have electrical problems or malfunction.

Multiple municipal departments optimize the data and analytics provided by data collected by smart devices and applications to improve operational efficiencies. This improves the residents’ quality of life and creates jobs. Cities are using decorative LED street lighting to highlight key city features such as parks, footpaths, bicycle tracks, and monuments, among others. Decorative street lamps provide aesthetic appeal while delivering LED benefits.

Contact Great Basin Lighting for Help with Smart Street Lighting in CA and NV

With the higher percentage of the population migrating to urban centers, cities need to make themselves safe and appealing. Ready to make the switch to LED? Contact the lighting professionals at Great Basin Lighting, a west coast outdoor LED lighting company, for more information on smart cell street lighting solutions.