The success of smart city development hinges on enhancing the quality of life for citizens. Whether it’s improving mobility for city dwellers or making municipal management simpler, all IoT driven solutions are based around convenience, either for the service-user or supplier.

Where street lighting is concerned, over the years solutions have been developed to enhance convenience in a number of variables. From the introduction of dimming photocells that improve energy efficiency, to the development of centrally managed street lighting networks, each has enhanced the way a city functions and controls its assets.

As technology has evolved, more and more processes have become digitalised –the introduction of both LEDs and wireless technology has driven this change, which enables city leaders to increase efficiencies even more,  taking control over the entire lighting network and monitoring progress for further cost saving.

Of course this solution is heavily based on the requirements of the city as a business, rather than its citizens. As smart urban planning becomes savvier and citizen centric thinking reaches the forefront of design, local authorities are required to adapt the way cities work in order to meet the needs of their public. Noticeably enhancing convenience for citizens is a little harder than simply making a city smart; that’s just the start.

Convenience for citizens requires city leaders to respond to their needs in such a way that public services or facilities are visibly improved, especially for those who need them the most. Smart lighting solutions hold the answer in both their physical stature and their forward compatibility.

Commonplace throughout cities and towns globally, streetlights give Local Authorities the opportunity to save money on additional street furniture while offering the potential to retro-fit new, more connected smart solutions. Their convenient location within urban hubs gives street lights the ideal platform to gather and analyse information that will help to improve citizen services, from the very core. And, with the added advantage that most cities have already made the switch to LEDs, convenience is the exact term to use when looking for a reason to enhance urban lighting infrastructure with responsive solutions.

From providing free WiFi services for citizens that enhance community engagement, to guiding drivers to the nearest parking space available in a bid to reduce congestion, accessibility can be enhanced by connected solutions that best suit the borough. Using the ‘humble lamppost’ to harbour such technologies, which can be monitored and controlled remotely, is a realistic, cost-effective and sustainable way to ensure quality of life is enhanced for citizens.   

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