European cities spend around €3bn on streetlighting each year, and this figure could be reduced to around €900 million through smart lampposts,
An EU smart cities programme is pioneering the delivery of smart lampposts in six cities across Europe, including London, Lisbon and Milan.
‘Sharing Cities’ is aiming to provide an initial 56,000 units in six cities including Bordeaux, Burgas and Warsaw, with an aim to roll-out intelligent streetlighting across the continent.
Smart lampposts can also collect data on parking capacity availability, a trait which Sharing Cities said would provide an “ingenious way” to reduce air pollution levels and chronic congestion problems. Traffic jams are thought to cost EU member states €100bn a year.
Sharing Cities programme director Nathan Pierce labelled smart lampposts a “win-win” solution.“They help slash energy bills for taxpayers and make cities a more pleasant environment in which to live and work,” he said. “Smart lampposts generate massive savings equivalent to employing tens of thousands of doctors or nurses every year. It’s key that cities embrace smart lampposts in a bid to free up money to be spent on vital public services.
Cities across the globe are looking at ways to reduce the carbon footprint of their streetlight network through smart solutions.
London’s Square Mile is set to benefit from a new lighting strategy that will aim to complement historic buildings, improve energy usage and help tackle light pollution in the area. The City of London Corporation confirmed last month that “state-of-the-art” technology will coat urban spaces in various lighting types, levels and colours and different times of the night.