Nowadays, energy efficiency is a priority for the world, with governments, businesses, and even the average person doing what they can to maximize efficiency in everything. It’s no surprise that something as energy exhausting as lighting is also being affected, with changes such as the rising popularity of LEDs in major countries all the world, such LED strip lighting in Australia, circulating the news.
As part of that endeavour, the Victorian City of Greater Geelong has implemented their new ‘integrated smart lighting system’ in the Ocean Grove area. The system connects public LED lighting to Wi-Fi and smart phone apps, a technology with its beginnings in the initial use of LED street lighting and their subsequent rise in popularity in the earlier years of 2010. Now, to continue down this path, governments are taking advantage of developments to introduce more sophisticated features, which they placed under the umbrella term ‘smart lighting’, with this particular implementation allowing people to access free Wi-Fi connected to public lighting.
According to the city itself, the new light installations, in addition to the aforementioned innovations, would address safety concerns regarding the inadequate lighting of public areas, reduce the lighting energy cost of the city by potentially 70%, and reduce CO2 emissions. The lights also require less maintenance than regular street lights.
City services general manager William Tieppo has stated that the city has decided to be an exemplar of local governments by being one of the first to take advantage of the technology of integrated smart street lighting and implement the system. Manager Tieppo has also stated that by optimising LED lights in public use and smart city networks simultaneously, it will lower costs for the city which would, undoubtedly be a great benefit.
He has followed up this statement by mentioning the improvements this system will allow for in the city of Greater Geelong; improved traffic and parking conditions, safer pedestrian environs, improved tourist service, increased commercial output on top of lowering energy and maintenance costs as well as paving the way for any future ‘smart city’ developments they might consider to undertake.
The obsession with efficiency has led from LED strip lighting in Australia, to LED Wi-Fi street lamps in Australia. It looks to be a promising endeavour.