While the traditional benefits may be reason enough to implement intelligent lighting, there are additional disruptive applications that can transform the way citizens interact with their city (and it with them!). One use is to provide tailored advertising content. Light sensors see when day turns to night, interface with the processor and update the digital signage to display content geared toward restaurants and concerts in place of traditional daytime destinations like museums and parks. The lights interact with their surroundings and communicate with the central database to share relevant content with citizens.
Another bonus feature of these smart lighting sensors is their ability to collect and transmit internal light temperature and energy monitoring. The lights collect diagnostic data and share it with city officials to alert them of the light failure, potentially shortening the lead time to repair the light. Some smart street light systems can also collect data to provide city planners insight into peak usage, traffic, parking and environmental conditions near the sensor.
A final novel application could be the ability to provide enhanced security to residents of smart cities. As population densities increase, the frequency of security issues, accidents and emergencies may also rise. Imagine if a smart street light could sense a car crash and broadcast news of the collision to emergency personnel, other network devices and GPS software to re-route traffic quickly. Such a system could move the general public away from the crash site and potentially allow the emergency personnel to get to the crash site faster.
The type of innovative use case could augment the known benefits of smart lights and add additional functional capability to the smart lighting solution.
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