Dubai street lights with motion sensors are internet first

A series of street lights in Dubai are pioneering the way for the internet-connected future of the smart city.

In one of the first applications of its type in the world, the luminaires are fitted with motion sensors which detect traffic movements and react accordingly. If there’s no vehicles, the lights remain at 25 per cent output, but if cars approach the output is ramped up to full output. 

Additional sensors can be added to the street lights – located at the Silicon Oasis in Dubai - to collect and share information and data on the surrounding environment, such as pollution and weather conditions – or even relay CCTV, advertising messages and safety warnings.

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority worked with telecoms provider du to integrate the streetlights into an Internet of Things network, where sensors are placed in everyday objects to become ‘smart’ and interact with their surroundings.

The smart building technologies include high-tech sensors in the DSOA headquarters which use du software to allow energy and cost saving through managing the electricity consumption and allowing automatic regulation of temperature throughout the headquarters.

Engineer Muammar Khaled Al Katheeri of the DSOA told Lux Review: ‘Through these initiatives – great and small – DSOA is proud to contribute to achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, of making Dubai the smartest city in the world. We have launched several smart initiatives in DSO that went through Proof of Concepts testing ahead of large scale implementation such as DSO smart waste management that proved to be very successful for reducing waste collection cost and environmental footprint.’ 

‘We look forward to increasing our collaboration with du on the installation of more smart street lights and smart building technologies around DSO.’ 


  • Smart city lighting technologies will be on show at the LuxLive Middle East 2016 exhibition and conference on Wednesday 13 April and Thursday 14 April 2016 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Innovations will include the Schreder Shuffle street light with embedded sensors and wifi capabilities. Entry to the show is free if you register at


Picture: Yousif Al Mulla