In Canada, Halifax in Nova Scotia Province has chosen California-based smart grid technology and networking provider Silver Spring Networks to deliver a smart LED street lighting network.
Silver Spring Networks will deploy its IPv6 critical infrastructure networking platform, along with its Streetlight Vision control software, to connect 43,000 LED luminaires with an aim of improving public safety, increasing energy conservation and controlling costs.
The platform will also form the base for future smart city applications in Halifax.
Says Angus Doyle, project manager for the street light conversion project and utilities coordination manager with the Halifax Regional Municipality: “[The] adaptive lighting platform offers real-time monitoring of our street lights, which eliminates the need for residents to phone in outages and allows us to better manage maintenance and replace burnt out lights much sooner.
"It also opens doors for future smart city applications in Halifax, anything from water and electric meter readings to advertising panels and traffic counters.”
Brandon Davito, vice president of Smart Cities and Lighting, Silver Spring Networks, commented: “Based on open standards and able to run multiple applications on a single network, our smart street lights platform helps ensure Halifax can easily add and control more LED lights as needed, and also deploy new smart city devices and applications in the future.”
Smart LED street lighting
Countries globally are forecast to invest US$53.7 billion in LED street lighting between 2015 and 2025, according to a report published by Research and Markets.
The Ireland-based market intelligence company states that there are currently 304 million total streetlights in the world, with this number to increase to 352 million in total by 2025.
Its research shows that public outdoor lighting market is currently undergoing a period of change where legacy streetlights are being replaced with new and more efficient smart LED street lighting, or solid-state lighting technology.