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Glasgow aims to lower energy bill with smart lighting rollout

Iain Morris
July 1, 2014
Local authorities in Glasgow have recruited LED maker LED Roadway and smart grid player Silver Spring Networks to deploy a new smart lighting system that will lower energy costs and improve citizen safety in the UK city.

The project will combine LED technology with Silver Spring’s (Redwood City, CA, USA) smart city networking platform to integrate street lights – as well as traffic cameras and sensors – into so-called “adaptive” lighting systems in the city center and along the River Clyde walkway.
The systems will be designed to monitor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic, dimming and increasing illumination accordingly.

Glasgow expects to realize major benefits in terms of energy efficiency and “urban sustainability”, and also says the technology will make the city a safer place for people at night.

“The collaboration of the two technologies moves street lighting into a new dimension; this is an exciting and strategic project to be involved in,” said Huw Convery, the director of business development for LED Roadway (Halifax, Canada). “Local authorities countrywide will have an added purpose for fully utilizing their lighting inventory, but more importantly, the benefit to the public from using adaptive lighting will be immense.”

The initiative is to form a part of Glasgow’s Future City Glasgow Demonstrator program, which is aimed at using technology to make life in the city smarter, safer and more sustainable.

It is receiving funding support from UK innovation agency the Technology Strategy Board and combines expertise from across the public, private and academic sectors.

“Glasgow’s vision for leveraging proven, standards-based technology to drive sustainability, lower costs, enable access to open data, and improve urban livability for residents is amongst the world’s leading future city initiatives,” said Mark Coyle, Silver Spring’s managing director for the UK and Ireland.

Silver Spring is working on a number of smart city projects worldwide and has already flagged its involvement in initiatives in Copenhagen (Denmark), Miami (USA) and Paris (France).
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