Bright lights, smart city: introducing intelligent lighting to Manchester
Light plays an important part in city life. Picture your favourite city scene, and it’ll probably involve a skyline twinkling and glowing in the dark.
Lighting makes it possible for us to go about in the night as we would in the day. But we don’t often think about how much we rely on it.
In the UK alone it’s estimated that there are 7.5 million street lights, not counting lights on buildings, shop fronts or traffic lights.
But illuminating all these lights can be hugely expensive and energy-consuming. And it’s inefficient; sometimes street lamps are switched on even though the road is quiet and there’s nobody around.
This problem is one that’s being addressed by CityVerve as Cisco, Holophane and Tvilight collaborate to bring a new smart lighting system to Manchester’s parking spaces.
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By Vicki DeBlasi
Published on April 11, 2018