With the optimal solution of citywide connected LED lighting, cities can enjoy energy savings and improve their emissions profile, and even added benefits like preservation of dark skies when lighting is not being used – without any reduction in quality of life. Urban areas feel safer and more welcoming. And when street lighting is connected, the possibilities expand well beyond lighting itself. Sensor-equipped light poles can detect audio from an auto accident or gunshot, alert emergency services, and adjust lighting on the scene to assist recovery. Air quality sensors, enabled through the connected lighting infrastructure, can monitor pollution levels and provide insights for urban planners.
Of course, these public projects can be hard to achieve when budgets are stretched. Finance, too, demands greater innovation. For example, product as a service or shared ownership models can help lower capital investment and kick start projects hampered by slow-moving public finances.
Energy efficiency has an essential role in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to a more sustainable future for our planet. And if cities are to set an example, this should include making use of solutions that are both widely available, and highly effective- in lighting, in energy renovation of public buildings, and electrification of municipal fleets.
When we tell citizens that reducing energy consumption requires sacrifice, we risk fuelling unhelpful grudges and resistance that slow our progress against our bigger picture goals. On the contrary, by accelerating adoption of the plentiful, viable solutions at our fingertips, we can demonstrate that these measures are part of our progress to a smarter, more comfortable, and more sustainable way of life.
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