Smart Cities: LEDs Take Cities and Utilities into the Future
With cities and utilities worldwide upgrading to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting for streets and outdoor areas, owners and installers wonder when they will build in the controls for smart-city applications. Most analysts and technology vendors say installing controls while doing retrofits will bring the greatest gain.
“The streetlights essentially become an integrated networked control platform that extends beyond the cost-saving objectives of a basic lighting retrofit,” Rita Renner, Director of Global Marketing said. “Ideally, a city should want to reduce energy use now, capture some maintenance benefits and implement the technology capable of manipulating the lighting infrastructure to take advantage of emerging applications.”