LEDs are now the standard replacement for legacy lighting in most cities around the world.
At the same time, smart controls are becoming more mainstream and are increasingly installed alongside LED deployments.
Adding controls to street lighting systems offers many benefits, but controls technology is not being adequately exploited.
Cities are missing out on increased energy and maintenance savings and the opportunity to use smart street lighting networks as a platform for other smart city applications.
The next generation smart street lighting networks involve rapidly increasing deployments of controls technology and a transition to being utilized as a broader platform for smart city innovations.
Sensors and other technologies are being added to smart street lighting networks to offer a multitude of new city services, including gunshot detection, air quality monitoring, EV charging, traffic management, and smart parking.
The vision of a city lighting network is one that provides a platform for a range of innovative smart solutions, helping cities increase efficiency, raise additional revenue, keep residents safe, improve sustainability, and make them attractive to new residents and businesses.
According to Navigant Research, the global installed base of smart street lights are expected to reach nearly 73 million worldwide by 2026.