Connected lighting for smart and livable cities
A century ago, less than 10% of the world’s population lived in cities. By the start of the 21st century, this figure had risen to over 50%, and by 2050 over two thirds of us will be living in cities.Floor light
At the same time, we are witnessing unprecedented urbanization and the rapid expansion of the middle class in emerging economies. This has heightened concerns about the secure, reliable supply of affordable energy, environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and loss of biodiversity, and shortages of materials, food and water. As a result, resource efficiency is fast
moving up the agendas of both the private and public sectors. Corporations and governments alike are having to develop strategies for a world in which natural resources and energy are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive.We already have many solutions that can enable smart and clean energy use, close the materials loop, prevent environmental damage, and so help build a sustainable future. For example, in the field of lighting – which accounts for a massive 19% of global electricity consumption – we have reached a tipping point in the development of LED lighting. This technology can now be used for high-quality general lighting in almost all applications. A switch to LED lighting will offer huge savings in energy use and maintenance costs, especially when combined with intelligent lighting control systems, while at the same time enhancing people’s feeling of safety, security and comfort in public spaces, inside buildings and at home.
As lighting goes digital, we are incorporating our innovative LED light sources, luminaires, smart lighting controls and software in fully integrated, connected solutions for cities. Connected lighting provides the right amount of light precisely where it is needed and when it is needed. This enables municipal authorities to save energy and maintenance costs and to reduce obtrusive light, while making urban spaces safer and more attractive, thus strengthening city branding. Instead of continuously replacing lamps and components, product delivery will increasingly be directed towards software and controllability, thereby adding new value through improved lighting services.