Smart lighting is helping local authorities hit energy efficiency targets because of the intelligent technology present in these systems.
There are a whole host of benefits which will benefit the service provided in the towns and cities throughout the UK if this technology is rolled out widespread.
We have already seen how LED lighting has impacted the roads of the UK; not only is visibility better, but the lights use much less energy, helping councils with these savings.
Local authorities, including Salford City Council, have enjoyed a reduction in energy consumption of approximately 60% across its street light estate thanks to these lights.
However, the technology in smart lighting is on another level. Like LED lights, energy is saved, but in addition, these lights can monitor pollution, guide driverless vehicles and create Wi-Fi hotspots.
Another distinct advantage to smart lighting could have been utilised in the last few months; these lights can monitor weather conditions and inform a council’s decision to send out gritters to ensure roads and highways are in the type of condition that allows drivers to use them.
Parts of Essex have already benefited from this lighting, which has also found its way to Hampshire. The smart control central management system is able to monitor the weather and road service temperatures.
These can give councils a head start on whether or not to grit roads, in conjunction with forecasts from the Met Office.
Glasgow City Council is a huge advocate of smart street lighting which offers environmental, financial, safety and security benefits to the city.
The technology also allows the council to detect movement, which can monitor traffic flow. This is key to future city planning.
Air pollution monitoring can also be integrated to give accurate data which can be crucial in putting policies together to deal with planning and pollution reduction.
It means there is huge demand for providers of this technology and, given its popularity, that demand should grow in future years.