How to create a smart city? Take a street lighting system that allows public light points to share data about themselves. Thanks to the collected data – using sensors and on-boarding intelligence – the smart lighting system can tell planners where and when people congregate, where they park, how they drive, and much more.
For example, lights can be set to dim automatically when streets are empty in order to save energy, and a park can get a night time light boost to become a perfect spot for an evening stroll.
But connected lighting doesn’t just provide intelligent lights; it can deliver a wide range of non-light-related services as well, like safety.
When an accident occurs deep inside a long tunnel, it can back up traffic throughout a whole region. Plus, it can be especially dangerous when the release of dangerous chemicals is involved.
That’s where smart cities can save lives! Once equipped with sensors, the tunnel becomes smart: it can now alert emergency crews immediately. Plus, it can also alert authorities if a caustic compound has spilled out of a tanker truck, giving emergency crews the chance to respond quickly, safely and appropriately.
Sensor-enabled connected lighting systems in the city at large can also help law enforcement. For example, sensors can pinpoint where gunshots have been fired, and generate instant emergency alerts, giving police a jump on getting to the scene.