The dark side of light
The Amsterdam-based company Tvilight is one of those firms leading the way in the practical roll-out of smart lighting technology. Tvilight manufactures street-based lighting systems that automatically respond to traffic and pedestrians. The idea is to create urban lighting systems that limit light pollution in suburban areas, with lights dimming or illuminating depending on the level of human and vehicular traffic detected.
In the Netherlands we have projects in residential areas, at train stations, at airports, in industrial areas, where we are saving up to 80 per cent energy. So it is quite significant.
The company’s CEO, Chintan Shah, says Tvilight holds community consultations whenever they’re engaged to install a new sensor grid, because getting people on board is important for the adoption of any new urban technology.
By Antony Funnell
First published on March 11, 2015