“Smart” is very much with us today. From our phones and watches, to the televisions we watch, and even the very homes we live in, smart technology has revolutionized our lives. If our wrists and our living rooms can become homes for smart technologies, why not whole cities? That transformation, too, has already begun, and is only predicted to increase in scale as speed and time progress.1
LED lighting is a key component in the future of smart cities. Already, tens of millions of LED streetlights are installed or retrofitted every year. By 2020, that number will increase to 100 million lights. New York City alone has set a goal of replacing 250,000 lights by the end of this year. Officials expect to capture an annual energy and maintenance savings of $14 million. 2
When equipped with top-of-the-line controls and network capabilities, LED retrofits and installations play a clear role in making cities more efficient and smarter. City-wide networks of LED lights are already being installed for building applications and on city streets. To verify the potential gains awaiting the lighting industry – and their end users – two new vendor-backed studies have recently been published. One study, by Philips, predicts an amazing $1.5 trillion in savings to be had by offices worldwide if they switch to smarter LED lighting systems. The second study, from Silver Spring Networks, describes the United States as a nation that cannot wait to implement the future of smart cities.
The Philips study details how facility managers will be able to make smarter operational decisions about their buildings, better utilizing such spaces as conference rooms, open plan desk areas, lobbies, and more. 3 In many ways, then, the “future” of smart lighting and smart cities is upon us. Intelligent street lights, equipped with controls and sensors, are helping municipal authorities to be smarter about energy use. HIS Research, an analyst firm, tells us that the increase in intelligent LED lighting systems can be attributed to the declining price of hardware, government encouragement, and the twin imperatives of saving energy and money.4 Global Tech LED is at the forefront of the intelligent lighting revolution.
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