The idea of the smart city is inspiring many new ideas for the integration of services for smarter living. There are solutions delivering convenience, safety, and efficiency that only a few years ago were unimaginable.
This unprecedented connectivity is enabled by the Internet via wireless and fiber cable. Connecting a vast array of sensors in the home and at work, to the internet, we are able to monitor and control many aspects of our lives. The idea is that this connectivity can improve lighting, security, infrastructure performance, and energy consumption.
Today, many councils are replacing standard street lights with LED lighting fixtures equipped with sensors that are connected to integrated networks.
The result is a locally or remotely activated lighting system that only responds when a pedestrian is walking at night. This type of system enables cities to replace street lighting fixtures, which can help them reduce power demand in the short term and realize cost savings over time.
Greater internet speeds and interoperability are required from systems and interfaces to make sure we get the most from this technology.
Intelligent traffic management systems can set traffic signal timing to reduce congestion on the corridors connected by fiber optic cable to Central traffic management operations.
The idea is that the fiber optic network would be able to accommodate future additions such as dynamic message signs and cameras.
We could target large parking venues such as airports, shopping centers, and malls, by adding video capabilities, each lighting fixture can be locally or remotely activated only when there is activity.
This can save energy and enhance security. All of the data and control could be accomplished through the current 4G wireless networks or 5G networks of the future. Since we will have this high-speed connection to the internet and cloud, we could use WiFi access to provide information about parking availability and special offers at the stores and restaurants in the area.
Advertising revenue can be used to offset the cost of rolling this technology out in places that want to place themselves at the leading edge of the technology adoption curve.
Most of this technology is here already, we just need to have consistent interfaces and protocol for transferring the message in a way that the can be interpreted efficiently.