By Phillip Dodd, Technology Lead IIoT Engineering Infrastructure & Security, Fiberroad Technology
As cities increasingly become connected, smart street lighting will help future-proof cities by connecting to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). With an abundance of fixed data points, street lights are an excellent vehicle for future-proofing our cities. With the right infrastructure in place, these lights can even roll out other smart city technologies.
These systems can also help address a variety of common city problems. For instance, the lighting of streets can help improve safety and reduce pollution. Smart city solutions can also help fight crime and support emergency services. In fact, many cities are already making the most of smart street lighting. Some have already begun converting halogen streetlights to energy-efficient LED luminaires.
Smart street lights are an excellent way to get started on the path to a smart city. They offer complete control of public lighting infrastructure and provide extraordinary energy savings. In addition to improving energy efficiency, smart street lighting will also help prepare cities for future applications of smart city technologies.
The use of smart street lighting technology is already transforming cities, with the ability to monitor and control individual street lights. With this type of technology, local authorities can reduce costs associated with street lighting by as much as 30%. Additionally, they will be able to optimize energy consumption with automated fault alerts and increase service levels.
Smart Streetlights Can Monitor Traffic Conditions
In an effort to reduce energy consumption, smart streetlights can monitor traffic conditions and adjust their intensity accordingly. These devices are built with a centralized platform that runs on either a cloud-based or on-premise server. Conventional street light controls typically comprise a data logger and a web-based user application that assists in the monitoring and remote control of streetlights.
Smart streetlights also work to keep traffic lights green when there is no traffic, which will help reduce the chances of people running red lights. Many motorists do this at night and may end up in an accident. This will prevent impatient drivers from being tested by a continuous string of red lights and thus reduce the risk of accidents.
They can support digital signage
LED streetlights have a low energy consumption and can support digital signage. These lamps also support solar power capabilities and traffic monitoring. Data from the smart lights is collected and transmitted through a light sensing network to enable a variety of city services and initiatives. This information can help improve city services, such as traffic and parking management, and improve the quality of urban spaces.
Street lighting is networked and can be controlled individually or in groups. This networked control system consists of a centralized platform that can be hosted in the cloud or on-premises. The street light data is collected using a data logger. Then, a web-based user application is used to generate a graphical user interface for controlling the lights from a remote location.
Smart street lighting can also be used for public safety applications. For example, smart street lighting can provide public safety features like video surveillance cameras, earthquake detectors, and environmental monitoring stations. These solutions provide real-time information to residents, pedestrians, and drivers. In addition to this, they generate revenue from advertisements.
They can monitor environmental conditions
Smart street lighting collects data from streetlights to help improve road safety and the quality of urban space. It records information such as power consumption, total burning hours, and interruptions. Such data is crucial for emergency response and can also help prevent crimes. Smart lighting can also identify dangerous intersections and other situations and adjust lighting levels accordingly.
As a component of a smart city, smart streetlights can help improve safety and reduce operating costs. They can also improve efficiency and sustainability of energy use. In addition, smart streetlights can be integrated into a larger management platform. Smart city lighting can also process data collected from smart city sensors.
With the help of these sensors, smart streetlights can monitor environmental conditions and adjust their brightness based on the minimum distance between pedestrians. This feature can help reduce energy usage, improve the quality of streetlight illumination, and reduce CO2 emissions. In addition to this, smart streetlight systems can also be used as backbones for networking other smart city systems.
They can monitor traffic speeds
Smart street lights can detect traffic speeds and respond to changes in traffic patterns based on data collected by sensors. The sensors can determine the speed of passing cars and can be used to make short or long-term changes to traffic lights. By identifying vehicles, smart lights can improve safety on the streets. They can also help with traffic light synchronization.
This type of technology is aimed at reducing energy costs while providing comfort and safety to pedestrians and drivers. Additionally, smart streetlights can be used to connect to smart city networks. This technology provides numerous benefits to the city, including enhancing safety, efficiency, scalability, and flexibility.
Smart street lighting can also monitor power consumption and the number of hours each streetlight burns. It can even set the lights to 50% of normal when there is no traffic. If emergency services are needed, the lights can be turned on to full brightness. Adaptive controls can also enable maintenance alerts. This technology provides the foundation for many smart city applications.