How mobile operators can help cities manage and control their streetlights and use them to provide new smart city services
S treet lighting is a core piece of urban and rural infrastructure. Lighting helps to create a safe environment for both pedestrians and drivers. Many streetlights around the world are now being updated to LED lighting, which uses less energy and is more reliable than traditional sodium lamps, significantly reducing the cost of keeping streets illuminated.
It is now cost effective to add communications technology to streetlamps at the same time as LED upgrades take place. Mobile operators’ Internet of Things (IoT) solutions can provide low cost, ubiquitous coverage across a city, and are designed specifically to connect city services and sensors, including streetlights. This connectivity enables the lights to be remotely monitored and controlled. Moreover, additional sensors can be added to the lighting infrastructure, offering a cost effective way of creating a citywide IoT sensor network and enabling the deployment of more smart services. As they already have wireless networks and associated systems in place, mobile operators make ideal partners for municipalities looking to upgrade their streetlights or introduce other smart city services. Mobile operators can help public agencies make their services more efficient, obtain intelligence from raw data and ultimately improve the quality of life of their citizens. Harnessing their existing local assets, mobile operators can help to build a sustainable smart city that offers new services and new opportunities.