White Paper: Today's Cities - Getting To Smart 

The Role of Smart and Connected Outdoor Lighting

Regardless of each city's unique circumstances, they share many common goals to becoming smarter, increasingly sustainable and more livable for residents and visitors alike. Common long term goals include more efficiency, sustainability and livability.

So, what is a smart city? According to the Smart Cities Council, "a smart city uses information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance its livability, workability and sustainability".

Getting to "smart" is an evolutionary process, not an overnight revolution. Smart City priorities need to be developed from an overall holistic plan. 

Fortunately for cities, outdoor lighting control solution providers such as CIMCON Lighting can help cities take advantage of prior network investment and infrastructures. For example, CIMCON integrates in its lighting controllers a multitude of specific AMI radios for wireless communications. With these integrations, smart and connected lighting systems can easily piggy-back their wireless automation and controls onto existing AMI/Smart Grid networks.

As Smart Grid ecosystem players on AMI Networks, Smart Outdoor Lighting Control Solutions can be extended as natural platforms for city-wide sensor applications. Smart grids and lighting controls not only provide the technology infrastructure, but more importantly the ROI to fund new sensor based applications.