As IoT and digitalisation now dominate almost every aspect of modern life, there’s a growing need for the development of solutions that interconnect in a way that make cities more responsive. The switch to LED has helped to drive this movement within the lighting world, making homes and businesses alike more energy efficient, while opening up endless opportunities for further technological enhancements.

In the street lighting industry, connected solutions have been evolving for almost a decade. Central management systems (CMS) that use hardware as an enabler, for manageable and measurable street lighting control, are tried and tested methods that improve efficiencies and reduce costs. Today, however, it’s about more than just dimming the lights; it’s about responding to the individual needs of a city.

Using a network of connected hardware and software that works alongside the existing street lighting infrastructure of a city, a number of variables can be measured that have an impact on the way citizens interact with their region.

Lampposts not only light the way in terms of illumination, they can guide the journey for future more responsive cities, thanks to their readily connected and ubiquitous infrastructure.

Smart cities use technology to improve the quality of life for citizens. Responsive cities do more – they put citizens in control. For solutions to match the individual requirements of cities and their citizens, joined-up and connected working is required. City leaders are now working alongside their public and collaborative technical partners to develop a solution that meets their unique requirements; street lights are a good place to start.

Local Authorities are fighting a constant battle between meeting efficiency requirements and working to the constraints of stringent budgets. The need for the installation of additional street furniture can be reduced by products that have forward compatibility with lamp post infrastructure; these have a great benefit to councils by way of a low initial outlay. From air quality sensors to EV charging, the possibilities can soon become a reality for those cities that believe in the power of the ‘humble lamppost’.

Energising future cities with interconnected, responsive solutions is more than simply applying hardware, its developing an ecosystem that meets the unique requirements of citizens.

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