OPENSPACE 24: The Future of Space Exploration - Page 36

CLOUD TECHNOLOGY ENABLES SMART LIGHTING FOR SMART CITIES With city lighting accounting for 1.5% of the world’s electricity consumption, ambitious energy efficiency targets are driving smart cities to implement cost- saving technologies for their street lighting systems. The application uses traffic control systems and cloud-based applications. 36 S treetlights are playing a key role in the to evolve with the smart city and recude costs development of today’s smart cities. and maintenance—all while better serving citizens Using digital networks and embedded and reducing energy use and CO2 emissions. sensors, smart streetlights can collect and transmit However, these solutions should facilitate a non- information that helps authorities to monitor and intrusive approach to the street infrastructure respond to different circumstances, from traffic while remaining affordable enough in terms of and air quality to crowds and noise. expenditure on equipment and operations. They Increasing focus on urbanization is putting pressure on cities to balance the challenge of also need to provide flexibility to allow the system to evolve with the smart city. resource constraints against environmental Recent developments in street-lighting intensity, sustainability concerns. Smart lighting helps based on the level of traffic, are addressing these cities save energy, lower costs, and reduce environmental issues. SixSq and Schreder have maintenance—all while better serving citizens announced a partnership that is helping cities to and reducing energy use and CO2 emissions. reduce energy by 30% by using traffic control However, these solutions should facilitate a non- systems combined with cloud-based storage and intrusive approach to the street infrastructure management applications. The solution, called while remaining affordable enough in terms of VolumLight™, uses a traffic camera, the cloud- expenditure on equipment and operations. They in-a-box NuvlaBox Mini™ from SixSq, and an also need to provide flexibility to allow the system Owlet lighting management system from Schréder.