In an article recently published by NEMA, Martin Mercier, Strategic Marketing Manager, Cooper Lighting Solutions talks about the ways in which lighting can contribute to the smart city. Lighting provides infrastructure for data collection, he notes. Standardization and an open ecosystem for partnerships will be key to realizing this opportunity.
Lighting is all around us—on every street corner, on every building floor, inside every home. All told, cities, utilities, and facility owners have deployed millions of lights.
This massive network of devices provides stellar opportunities for devices to connect and communicate and provide end-users with useful information. Amid the digitalization of cities and buildings, we can leverage lighting infrastructure to get better insights and data via IoT devices. UK mathematician Clive Humby says, “data is the new oil,” and the ramifications are clear; we need to collect and communicate data from our streets and buildings to be analyzed, refined, and consumed as useful information.
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