How will the rise of smart cities revolutionise lighting?

Barely a day goes by without another town or city announcing that it has become a ‘smart city’.

Kansas City in the United States became the latest area to join the expanding group just this week. Later in the month Lux will examine the smart city phenomenon in greater detail at the upcoming Lighting Fixture Design Conference in London.

Kansas city invested nearly $15 million in the ‘smart’ project, in a public-private partnership with Cisco. The scheme links a two-mile corridor of the city into the Internet of Things, via 125 smart LED streetlights. The city has also installed free public Wi-Fi across 50 downtown blocks.

The Wi-Fi linked sensor laden streetlights help to produce a live map, which shows users the exact location of streetcars in the city, as well as traffic speeds and available parking spaces.

The smart city revolution is spreading, like wildfire, because cities who have adopted the technology and seen its virtues, have been willing to advise other interested cities on how best to implement a smart city strategy.

For example, Kansas City has shared the first compilation of data it has gleamed from the instillation, with leaders from 18 other US cities, two countries and five federal agencies.

The Kansas City authorities have used the opportunities to explain how strategic analysis and savvy application of big data, via smart city networks, can be used to improve a city’s overall performance.

LED pillars installed in Wipperfürth, transmit information via Bluetooth to a specially constructed downloadable app.

The growing consensus that the ability of smart cities to collect invaluable analytics, which allows cities to become more efficient and autonomous, needs to be exploited by the lighting industry and we intend to help you get a foothold on the smart city ladder.

At Lux’s upcoming Lighting Fixture Design conference, which will be held in Central London at the Cavendish Centre from Tuesday 21 of February to Wednesday 22 of February, the smart city revolution and how you can best take advantage of it, will be discussed in detail.

We will consider how and why lighting will provide the backbone of a connected network that is going to completely change the way cities and towns are managed in the future. A panel discussion will also consider how manufacturers can best maximise the opportunities that this presents.

In just the past few weeks we have reported on smart lighting being deployed in Hampshire in the UK,  fitted with sensors that are able to inform local authorities when to salt roads in order to avoid ice.

We have also seen a city-wide intelligent lighting network being installed in Wipperfuth in Germany, which is able to feed local information to visitor's smartphones.

LED pillars installed throughout the city, transmit information via Bluetooth to a specially constructed downloadable app.

The smart city revolution shows no signs of slowing down, and the opportunities for the lighting industry are ripe for the taking.

  • The LED revolution has concluded, prices are falling and the industry's attention is turning to the digital world, to the internet of things and smart cities. Lux's curated and timely Lighting Fixture Design Conference will help lighting industry  professionals to map out a strategy for the new digital lighting world and help them to take advantage of the changing scene. The event will take place in London on the 21 - 22 of February 2017 at the Cavendish Centre . You can find out more about the event here and you can register to attend by clicking here.

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