Friday 9 March 2018

Smart lighting – the key to a smart city

Less con­ges­tion, better ori­en­ta­tion, more infor­ma­tion and safety – smart, net­worked tech­nol­ogy has huge poten­tial for increas­ing the qual­ity of life in our cities. Both new and exist­ing light­ing stock is already a com­po­nent part of the infra­struc­ture but with Selux Smart Light­ing, it can become a key ele­ment in the smart city of tomor­row.

Rather than a far-off vision of the future, the changeover to net­worked cities is already hap­pen­ing around us and across the world, big cities are also grow­ing. The increas­ing over­crowd­ing is pre­sent­ing human beings with huge chal­lenges when it comes to com­mu­nal living. At the same time, dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion is pro­vid­ing new oppor­tu­ni­ties in orga­niz­ing how we live our lives together and increas­ing the qual­ity of life in cities. Already today, light is an essen­tial part of the urban infra­struc­ture. Smart Light­ing sees Selux take this a step fur­ther, build­ing new bridges to ensure a smart future for our cities.

Con­nected to Life – for a better qual­ity of life

Key ques­tions in the use of smart tech­nolo­gies are: How can we use it to improve our lives, make them more enjoy­able, inter­est­ing and safer? Smart Light­ing by Selux fol­lows the Con­nected to Life“ prin­ci­ple – rather than an end in itself, tech­nol­ogy is closely con­nected to life and the needs, expec­ta­tions and poten­tial of human beings. This is a strat­egy deployed by Selux to make the smart city a goal that is worth striv­ing for – a city with a sus­tain­able qual­ity of life for all. 

Urban light­ing forms a log­i­cal basis for this approach since it pro­vides a huge number of instal­la­tion points with a ready supply of elec­tric­ity. In this way smart lumi­naires become nodes in an exten­sive dig­i­tal net­work – a new role for light­ing tech­nol­ogy, for which Selux is opti­mally pre­pared. Con­sis­tently mod­u­lar prod­ucts like the Lif light column pro­vide the opti­mal pre­req­ui­sites for the inte­gra­tion of smart func­tions. The pro­found tech­ni­cal under­stand­ing of Selux’ experts enables us to work with cus­tomers, users and part­ners to devise solu­tions that are per­fectly tai­lored to indi­vid­ual sit­u­a­tions.

Syn­er­gies due to net­work­ing

A smart city is more than just the sum of its parts, since its con­stituent ele­ments mutu­ally rein­force each another due to syn­ergy effects. An inter­net con­nec­tion enables needs-based switch­ing and dim­ming of smart lumi­naires by Selux as well as their incor­po­ra­tion within com­plex light scenes. Light­ing there­fore saves energy while at the same time enhances qual­ity of life in urban areas. Yet net­work­ing is not a one-way street. Sen­sors within lumi­naires can gather a wide vari­ety of data and trans­fer it in real time: From bright­ness or mete­o­ro­log­i­cal data for a local­ity to traf­fic flows, traf­fic den­sity and air qual­ity. Eval­u­a­tions can be car­ried out using this data and sce­nar­ios devel­oped in order to reg­u­late traf­fic flows or opti­mise logis­tics chains, while cam­eras placed at crit­i­cal points in the city can ensure greater safety.

Con­versely smart lumi­naires can also supply infor­ma­tion to their envi­ron­ment via loud­speak­ers, dis­plays or Wi-Fi hotspots. Charg­ing sta­tions for elec­tric vehi­cles can also be installed on Selux lumi­naires. As such the smart city inter­acts with its inhab­i­tants and vis­i­tors, learn­ing and gath­er­ing knowl­edge in order to become better attuned to people and urban life. For Selux, the term smart city’ long ago ceased to be mere theory. At its head­quar­ters in Berlin, a test area has been set up for tri­alling new con­cepts and ideas. Here, cus­tomers and cor­po­rate part­ners can expe­ri­ence live and in person how smart tech­nolo­gies are being incor­po­rated into light­ing – a clear com­mit­ment to the vision of a smart city.

March 2018

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