Streetlights, as they are today, have been a cause of concern for how much energy they consume as well as how they have been adding to the light pollution in cities, burning brightly while no one is around. These are just a few of the concerns that some solution providers have been aiming to address with their Smart Lighting solutions. They aim to make cities feel more safe, make lights more efficient, poles multi-functional and push costs of maintenance and energy down among others in various ways.
The European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) initiative has, among other things, presented the multifunctionality and advantages of "smart lighting" and in a factsheet. In addition to smart street lighting, smart lampposts can be used as a connectivity platform. Various sensors, telecommunication technologies needed in smart cities, and charging capabilities can be integrated into the poles.
Omniflow's "Omniled" light posts are self-sustainable, powered by their integrated solar panels and a wind turbine as well as having an energy storage, making it possible to have them both on- and off-grid which ensures that they can be implemented anywhere. This solution comes ready right out of the box and its use can be expanded upon outside intelligent street lighting with options such as video surveillance, E-bike charging or even Wi-Fi.
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