Along with the continual expansion of cities, the challenges that they pose including environmental, economic and social, grow with them. The world’s cities for instance, consume more than three quarters of the total global energy, while producing over 60% of all global carbon dioxide as well as other greenhouse gas emissions.
However, cities can also act as hubs of diversity and innovation, meaning that they can become the source of solutions. Smart Cities use recent advances in communications and digital technologies, data sharing and analysis, and intelligent design to make cities more liveable, resilient, economically sound, and sustainable.
Smart sensors and embedded devices—from street lights to power meters to traffic signals and beyond—work together with an open, connected infrastructure to create a distributed layer of intelligence that can save energy, streamline operations, and make citizens feel happier and safer.
Like the private sector, the public sector is going through the process of digitalisation and cities are looking at ways to benefit from the enhanced performance of software-based solutions, to gain various benefits including increased knowledge and new insight through data analytics.
Moreover, they want more sustainable solutions, must improve living conditions like safety and wellbeing for their citizens, and are required to do this while being more efficient with their spending.
Smarter, greener lighting solution for better city management
Luckily, the market for public lighting management is in a dynamic transition phase and fundamentally changing through the adoption of new technologies such as Philips AmpLight. The AmpLight solution is a complete web-based solution with advanced communication functionality that can be easily integrated with existing lighting installations.
A centralised solution such as this is easy to implement and requires less equipment than a pole-based standalone solution. AmpLight is a solution that perfectly combines cost saving and less emission benefits, without compromising quality or safety. It allows for the remote control of LED lamp dimming over the existing mains wiring.
In fact, AmpLight is easy to install and use in retrofit installations. It is easy to interface the solution to all SCADA systems, via dry contacts. Customers are able to utilise this solution even over long distances to control lighting systems over multiple kilometres. In addition, a coded mains signal does not disturb other devices in the same mains grid, unlike traditional power line technology. The AmpLight solutions also does not have the issues of signal interference, from external sources as in competing RF-based communication technology.
Through AmpLight, cities can expect energy saving of up to 40%, with these savings coming on top of the power savings they already obtain by using LED lighting fixtures. In addition, cities are able to get accurate metering of energy consumption, have the flexibility to adapt lighting levels across the city areas, obtain accurate reporting of lamp-burning hours, as well as real-time status feedback to increase maintenance efficiency.
Moreover, the continuous streaming of signal over mains ensures robust communication. The solution has been designed for outdoor usage, so it can withstand the associated temperatures (at both ends of the spectrum) as well as humid conditions.
Municipalities and road authorities can benefit from increased safety in the streets as well as reduced light pollution levels. The benefits for citizens include less crime and a higher sense of safety, while the city will also be able to gain a more unique character through the innovative lighting solutions. Additionally, sports and music festival event fans can look forward to greater atmospheres at events, concerts, and sporting matches through event specific lighting.
Ultimately, smart solutions such as AmpLight makes cities more efficient, effective, and simply more liveable for citizens, while helping cities become more environmentally-friendly and saving the municipalities a lot of money on energy and maintenance bills in the long run.