First came LED.
Although around since the 1960s, organizations, commercial developments and municipalities didn’t fully embrace light-emitting diode (LED) lighting solutions as a way to upgrade old systems and save money/energy until the early 2000s. Since then, the growth of LED lighting has been gangbusters. Today, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, at least 221 cities worldwide are switching their street lighting to LEDs, including a full 30% of outdoor lights in the United States.
– Think Progress
Then, it was IoT.
The next big thing to hit the lighting industry was IoT. “Smart lights” fitted with IoT sensors allowed companies and cities to remotely monitor, control and adjust their lighting systems through smart devices. They also included real-time controls that made lighting more efficient. For example:
- Photo light sensors monitor ambient light and adapt the LED light output accordingly (e.g. brighter at night versus lighter at dusk)
- Motion-detection sensors adjust light levels when people or vehicles are present
- Groups of lights that can be controlled via scheduled events or manually
These smart features have resulted in big savings. According to a report from Intel:
Today it’s Smart Light-Enabled Ecosystems
Smart lighting is still in the early stages of adoption, but as with almost every other emerging technology, it’s evolving rapidly. What we’re seeing more and more of is smart lighting as the backbone for other smart sensors – creating entire ecosystems where the lighting device is the hub for smart capabilities.
For example, in addition to lighting control mentioned above, smart streetlights can integrate IoT-based capabilities like:
- Wireless transmitters for Wi-Fi connectivity
- Sound Sensors that can monitor and alert emergency services when an audio threat is detected (e.g. car crash, gun shot, etc.)
- Utility grade energy monitoring sensors can help organizations predict their energy spend
They can also integrate with other sensors that are already in place, helping to transmit the data gathered from things like water meters and traffic lights to city central. The opportunity to leverage this infrastructure to better people’s lives and create a more sustainable world is huge.
PangeaLink is a cloud-based SaaS solution that can integrate with any IoT smart device or sensor that has an API interface. It allows organizations and cities to monitor and control each fixture within their ecosystem without expensive IT infrastructure. Benefits include:
- Plug-and-play functionality with new and existing systems, with lighting as the backbone
- A dashboard to view network and device status, sensor data, device telemetry, alarms, etc.
- Actionable data analytics, such as energy consumption and savings based on actual device readings.
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