Dutch city pioneers ‘light-on-demand’ street lighting

The system – from Dutch manufacturer Tvilight – also allows remote control of the public lighting by city managers

A DUTCH CITY has turned to ‘light on demand’ technology to allowed it to provide the residents with sufficient light levels while also preventing energy waste and light pollution.

The Municipality of Helmond is pioneering sensor-based connected street lighting to give the right amount of lighting when and where necessary.

Motion-detecting units ramp up light levels when pedestrians, cyclists and cars are detected.

The system – from Dutch manufacturer Tvilight – also allows remote control of the public lighting by city managers, and as it’s upgradeable, provides an open, flexible, and future-proof foundation for future Smart City developments and applications.

The intelligent lighting creates a digital infrastructure that will evolve together with the city’s needs and that allows Helmond to add new applications in the future, such as sensors that can monitor noise, traffic or weather conditions and adjust the light accordingly based on analysed data.

The integration of additional applications via an open API interface will increase the value of the connected public lighting infrastructure in Helmond.

‘I don’t feel safe when it’s dark,’ says local resident Britt van Asperdt. ‘I prefer that the street is well-illuminated, at least when I am there.’

Alfred Groote, public lighting manager at the Municipality of Helmond, told Lux: ‘Sustainability’s important for us and that's why we’ve been looking for ways to save energy and reduce the CO2 footprint. Besides this, what we ultimately want is a liveable and safe city for everyone. That's why public lighting is so important—because people enjoy living in the city only when they feel safe and comfortable.’

Since the first pilot installation in 2013, the municipality has steadily rolled out the technology at various locations throughout the city, in combination with a broad range of luminaire types.

The sensor-based lighting has been installed in public roads, residential neighbourhoods, pedestrian zones, parking lots, and bicycle paths, allowing for dynamic light levels that reflect actual human presence and citizen needs.

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