By Skip Descant -- A network of intelligent streetlights in Syracuse, N.Y., will help the city advance sustainability efforts, while providing a foundation for a wider deployment of ongoing smart city projects.
The upstate New York city will soon begin phasing out its 17,500 conventional streetlights for LED models, capable of communicating across a network, allowing for a more efficient control over the lights, as well as providing feedback related to operations or maintenance issues
In time, the streetlights will support more than just illumination. Like many cities, Syracuse plans to use the poles to deploy other sensors and systems with an ability to collect, process and transmit data from the streets back to city hall. The sensors can be used to count objects like cars and pedestrians.