Smarter Street Lighting

POSTED BY Steffen Sorrell
Street lighting is undoubtedly one of the pain points for cities, and it comes at a high price. Traditional lighting fixtures, using HPS (high pressure sodium) or LPS (low pressure sodium) lamps are inefficient, produce an unpleasant colour cast while simultaneously containing chemicals toxic to the environment.

Owing to price falls in LED fixtures, alongside other benefits such as high energy efficiency, LED has become the technology of choice for low‑energy street lighting. However, the addition of connected modules can offer further opportunities.

Service Expansion

Sensors integrated with the LED module can offer an array of possibilities, many of which allow street lighting services to cross over into other smart city service areas, such as traffic management, while new service channels can be enabled that could lead to revenue streams that in turn reduce the time required to achieve Return On Investment.

Utility partnerships to offer smart grid services;
Retail partnerships where footfall data from integrated sensors can offer retailers additional business insight from an external location;
Operator partnerships, where the addition of Wi-Fi access points (also useful for traffic monitoring) to the fixture offer MNOs (Mobile Network Operators) the opportunity for increased data offload, while ISPs can extend their out-of-home networks and reduce churn.
Rapid urbanisation, limited resources and the desire to remain competitive has resulted in Smart Cities becoming a global phenomenon.

Juniper’s ground-breaking research, Worldwide Smart Cities: Energy, Transport & Lighting 2016-2021, provides unique insights into this market, examining city developments and analysis into the dynamics and key trends driving Smart City services.