According to leading industry analysts, cybersecurity and data security remain a key focus for cities who are deploying connected street lighting systems as part of a new or ongoing public Internet of Things (IoT) initiative. In their Global Smart Street Lighting & Smart Cities: Market Forecast (2019 – 2028), to give just one example, analysts Northeast Group identify cybersecurity as an issue for all smart infrastructure projects. This is true in many cities, including those where ownership and management of smart street lighting is migrating from the utilities—who can often draw on several years of experience protecting data, deploying firewalls, and developing effective defenses—to the municipalities, who may possess less expertise.
As connected street lighting systems proliferate and become more deeply embedded in smart city initiatives, security implementations, processes, and responsibilities become more crucial and therefore more valuable. And because connected street lighting can transform the public lighting infrastructure into a pathway for collecting data and delivering smart services that can make cities more efficient, livable, resilient, and prosperous, the need for protecting confidential data and city assets increases. Cities must ensure that their connected systems are designed with proper security measures in place, and that they are properly deployed by installers and operated by end-users.
Rafal Han and Simon Rzadkosz
Silvair, wireless controls manufacturer
As Northeast Group points out in their smart street lighting forecast, cities must work together with vendors who understand cybersecurity and who embed appropriate security measures in their systems and solutions.
At Signify, we take cybersecurity seriously. We have years of experience with deploying connected street lighting systems in hundreds of municipalities around the world, with both our Interact City and CityTouch connected LED lighting systems and management software.
Signify takes a comprehensive, organization-wide view of security, employing state-of-the-art approaches in governance, design and development, deployment, and operations. Among the dozens of individual measures in place, the following touch specifically on authentication and preventing unauthorized access or system control:
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