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Smart and networked street lighting could reduce energy use

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Australian councils can leverage Internet of Things (IoT) technology to enable intelligent and adaptive street lighting, claims Silver Spring Networks.

Silver Spring Networks showcased its vision for smart street lights at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit in Melbourne, running 18 to 19 August 2014.

In a presentation titled “Street Lighting Controls: Why They’re Ready Today, Important for Tomorrow and Critical in Australia,” the company said smart energy networks have already been deployed in various states, but the next step is to advance to more sophisticated IoT applications.

Governments and councils can establish an open, standards-based IP network linking various infrastructure, from energy to public lighting to traffic light systems to disaster sensors.

This would allow cities to cost-effectively deploy new smart infrastructure services over time, claims the company.

In particular, smart street lighting can help reduce energy consumption, and also lower maintenance costs associated with ageing street lighting infrastructure.

When combined with LEDs, Silver Spring says a smart streetlight solution linked via network can help deliver up to 60 percent in energy savings over traditional high-pressure sodium street lights and can help reduce maintenance costs by up to 35 percent.

Silver Spring offers a solution in the form of a IPv6 wireless networking platform and management and control software optimised for smart city devices, which is expandable beyond smart street lighting.

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