Smart Outdoor Lighting for Cities: Cisco and LUG enter global collaboration
Director of Sales, Smart Cities at Cisco EMEAR
Digital Business, Internet of Things, Smart and Connected Communities
As I walked the halls of Smart City Expo and World Congress this week and talked to city representatives, urban designers, startups, technologists and many other visitors, the word I seemed to hear most often was “how”. How can we turn a vision to reality? How can we learn from early pilots? How can pilots be turned into real use cases? How and where to start?
When a city embarks on a journey to become a Smart City, one of the first areas to look at is smart lighting. Streetlights are essential for cities. But they’re a major energy draw and can add up to 38% of a city’s utility bill. To reduce electrical demand, more and more municipalities turn to LED technology. On the other hand, smart lighting is much more than energy saving LED fixtures on lamp posts. Once equipped with sensors, these lamp posts become entry points to the Smart City network. They can be controlled, monitored and even serviced remotely. In addition, they can collect, process and send valuable data on traffic flow, weather, pollution and more.
So, the combination of city lighting and networking comes natural. And therefore, this week, we announced a cooperation with LUG, a leading European manufacturer of professional lighting solutions. Based on Cisco Kinetic for Cities and intelligent outdoor lighting from LUG, we offer an integrated solution that helps faster and more efficient deployment of Smart Lighting technologies. It creates powerful light-sensory networks (LSN) that transform LED fixtures into smart devices, capable of capturing and transmitting data in near real time. Such data includes levels of humidity, carbon dioxide and oxygen contents, UVA and UVB, particulate matter, motion and seismic activity, video, sound, and more. This data, transmitted over an LSN, can be used across a single, common infrastructure: from law enforcement to environmental improvement, smart parking, active area illumination and much more.
In the initial phase of the collaboration, we plan to focus on projects in Europe and Latin America. The first project where Cisco and LUG are working together is located in Israel, and is already in implementation.
So when it comes to the question of “how to start with smart lighting?”, we are ready to help.