SMART CITIES – THE START OF A DISCUSSION
A few years ago, the idea of a city relying mainly on information technologies to manage resources sounded like something that`ll be around ‘in the future’ whenever that might be. Nowadays, technology has caught up to this idea, with a Smart City strategy being run in cities like Dublin and Manchester, and many more. Running a Smart City program has so many benefits, but one of the most important of these is reducing the consumption, waste and overall cost of energy. When city councils see the real commercial benefits of implementing some of these technologies, it’s no wonder more and more cities are adopting smart strategies and one of the most common of these approaches is the implementation of Smart Lighting.
SMART LIGHTING – TAKING CARE OF ENERGY NEEDS
There’s been a really significant shift towards Smart Street Lighting. Standard Street Lighting functions well in terms of providing safe road conditions, and it functions perfectly in this context. But the real problem issue with traditional street lighting is the excessive level of energy consumption. Not only is this environmentally unhelpful, it makes the Street lighting very expensive to run, and as a result, it often accounts for a huge portion of public energy spending. The way smart lighting works is that you install sensors or cameras on the lighting poles. This enables them to detect movement. When it`s quiet, or late at night, the luminaires can be dimmed to reduce any output. Motion sensor lights are monitored by Control Systems which will increase the output of the light when the sensors are activated. It simply makes sense not to pay for lighting a street when no-one is on it.