Networked LED public lighting systems can drive energy efficiency across cities and better serve the public, says author Heather Clancy. The upfront costs of an LED retrofit can be defrayed by programs such as ZeroSite by Ericsson, a “lighting as a service” system.
This system will help cities use LED street lighting installations to locate telecommunications infrastructures that can be rented out for mobile broadband services. The overall idea for this new service model is that mobile services would then assist with paying for LED retrofits.
Two recent developments show just how important networked street lights can be in creating more energy-efficient cities.
In Florida’s Miami-Dade County, Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) is undertaking one of the biggest smart street light projects in North America. The project includes 75,000 lights across the region, with lights wirelessly connected with technology from Silver Spring Networks, allowing the lights to be controlled and serviced quicker and more closely from a remote location.
In Paris, the Silver Spring’s project, which was announced last year, is expected to cut the city’s power consumption by approximately 30 percent over the next 10 years. In addition, this retrofit will be a foundation for advanced traffic controls applications.
View Full Article in: http://www.forbes.com