Incorporating LED streetlights? Don’t miss a golden opportunity.

Switching to LED streetlights is the perfect time to incorporate next generation Smart Lighting on a highly secure, scalable and reliable connectivity platform that will benefit your community for years to come.

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As cities and municipalities across the globe are looking to reduce their CO2 footprint, many are turning to streetlights as a way to cut emissions and save valuable funds. As older, sodium-vapor lights begin to reach end of life, many communities are choosing to go with more energy efficient LED fixtures. With the World Bank estimating LEDs are 40-60% more energy efficient, these new lights are an environmentally friendly solution. But, beyond their longer life expectancy and energy saving benefits, making the switch to LEDs can also be a great time for cities to consider adding smart management solutions to their lighting.

Through the inclusion of remote, or smart, management capabilities to LED lights, cities can further reduce their carbon footprint. In addition to the benefits provided by baseline LEDs, simply adding a smart sensor to help manage the new lamps can offer a handful of unexpected benefits. Real-time management provides remote operations, and the ability to adjust and manage lighting options based upon need. Incorporating smart lighting translates into benefits residents can see – and many they can’t! From increased security to lights that only illuminate when activity is detected, a true management platform implemented during an LED switch out can make a real difference in a community. To that end, according to a McKinsey Global Institute analysis, communities that implemented smart lights saw a 4% decrease in crime incidents.

During the changeover processes, municipalities, or even street light service management companies, should ensure that the installation of new street lights includes a connectivity program that allows them to be remotely managed and allows for incremental growth as demand for new Smart Services materializes. By using a connectivity platform that is secure, reliable and expected to be in operation for the long term, providers can feel confident that their connectivity will be stable and secure for years to come. Additionally, if the connectivity platform is installed during the LED installation, the new tool can have a much lower incremental cost than if retroactively deployed. If lights are already being switched out, adding in a management solution will only increase the project’s eventual return on investment, providing many near- and long-term benefits. The Town of Milton, Ontario is currently embarking on such a project, and expects to see immediate results from the project.

By implementing a smart monitoring system, street lights will also become more reliable and serve as a new tool for those cities’ that choose to install them. To that end, cities should demand and expect that any platform for remote management of street lights will be stable and available for at least 10 years. This includes no changes in the connectivity method used, a system that is very secure, and one that will scale to allow for other “Smart Services” to be implemented as demand materializes. With the right platform, services such as smart parking, gunshot detection or other measures could be simply integrated into the existing system.

If your municipality is seeking an innovative way to save costs while increasing security and reliability, be sure to consider implementing a hybrid connectivity platform, one that will address the immediate needs of a service that has been vetted, and that seamlessly allows for other smart services to effectively ride on such platforms as demand for them grows. When pairing Smart Lighting solutions with other Smart City solutions, the possibilities for success are boundless.