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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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