A buyer has been found for Organic Response, the troubled lighting controls firm that slipped into administration last month.
Rome, the Eternal City, is nearly 2,700 years old. Its has seen emperors and popes come and go and revolutions rise and fall, but it seems the arrival of LED street lighting is a little too much for Romans to stomach.
The rise of smart cities is no secret. Major population centres all around the globe are adopting smart city technology as part of an effort to get our municipalities to run in a more organised fashion. What is quite surprising is that this task is not only the preserve of rich Western cities like San Francisco or New York, smart thinking is also being adopted in some of the poorer areas of some of the poorest cities in the world, for example in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the slums of Nairobi.
Ambulance crews are finding it more and more difficult to find the homes of 999 callers, as local authorties around the country opt to turn off street lights in order to save money. But, in an an emergency, seconds count and some say the great switch-off is putting lives at risk.
Smart lighting is on the rise and the lighting industry has pinned its future wealth and wellbeing on its success, but its dominance is far from cemented. However, supremacy could be on the cards quicker than we think.