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    Let’s talk sensors: Why flexibility and scalability matters to a smart city plan

    November 5, 2019
    Smart City plans are volatile. They are fluid and they should be! Consider the pace of innovation. No rigid plan can successfully carry a city forward for 20 years and beyond. While developing these plans and deciding what infrastructure to invest in, planners need to consider what public infrastructure touches everyone all the time.
    An analysis of smart city plans reveals that cities plan to invest in smart city systems to run on top of their public infrastructure backbones like water, energy and public lighting systems. Lighting, for example, touches everyone. It is part of our public ways, streets, bridges, parks, shopping areas, parking lots and schools, and its infrastructure is already well established in our cities and towns. Additionally, the streetlight infrastructure can house sensors and other technologies to enhance the quality of life for residents. Cities can deploy any kind of sensor that makes sense for the city’s challenges (traffic, air quality, pedestrian safety, noise detection and more). Cities should explore sensor solutions based on needs identified by citizens, planners and city leaders. 

    Furthermore, the new connected lighting systems are scalable and flexible to be able to match long term needs with fast paced technological change. However, implementing these systems requires the right type of investment and deployment strategy. Additionally, existing city infrastructure is often already overloaded, and piling new technology on top of the old is not a sustainable approach. The truth is that connected systems that make use of cellular technology are economical and because they are self-contained and do not burden existing systems.  


    Smart Lighting (cellular based connected lighting systems check all the boxes for infrastructure upgrades that make financial and long-term planning sense. 

    Consider this:

    • Conversion to LED lighting fixtures reduce energy load of the system by reducing the amount of power used, saving energy and money
    • Can deploy the system in phases no need for pre-engineering or to build out a network all at once 
    • Because it is a technology solution, it can be installed with electrical contractors
    • Connect the streetlights with smart nodes – take 30 seconds to install and they commission immediately
    • Cellular systems not subject to weather incidents
    • Cellular systems monitored and maintained by 3rd party and are safe no need for separate IT staff to be hired
    • Cellular-connected lighting systems do not require additional RF radio frequency and will not interfere with existing RF systems,  like toll systems

    For more information or to discuss your city’s needs, contact: Rubens Costa at 

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