Automatic streetlight control and fault detection for smart, flexible and responsible cities
When you say automatic street lighting operation, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is a system that is working by itself, with no intervention from a human. Even if you are not too far from the truth, the real question is why would a city need such a system?
Streetlights. They are so widespread that they go unnoticed by most of us. The only thing that we know for sure about streetlights is that during the night, they light up the streets without interruption and throughout the daytime they are unused. However, the traditional lighting system that we all are used to comes with limitations: manually switching lights On/Off, the lack of segmented operation, high operational costs, relying on residents for spotting grid malfunctions and delayed repairs. Automatic streetlight control is a simple, yet powerful concept that overcomes all these limitations.
Today, in a bid to shape cities’ development and the people’s experiences as a whole, cities are starting to see the reason why embracing automatic streetlight systems might prove a viable option for achieving their efficiency and sustainability goals. That’s mainly because, among all innovative applications, streetlights play a vital role in our environment and go beyond the functional aspects. While it is an element necessary for visibility and security, it also brings new possibilities for developing and rethinking the city nightscape and the way citizens interact with the urban environment.
Countries like Spain, Greece and Belgium have already made a few steps in that direction by implementing the inteliLIGHT smart street lighting system that provides three levels of automation: autonomous street lighting operation , automatic fault detection and automatic maintenance teams deployment. It seems clear that all cities aspire to have a lighting infrastructure that is flexible, reliable and fast responding, while avoiding energy loss. But what makes an automatic streetlight system an optimum solution for cities that embrace innovation and how does it work in practice?