A challenge facing many cities is how to install the new smart infrastructure without impacting their historical character.
Look to Paris, which is the latest city to start to put in the backbone on its streetlights. [Paris Streetlights-The Start of a Smart City Network] Not only does a streetlight renovation offer the opportunity to install energy efficient lighting, in itself a significant energy saver, but the widespread nature of streetlighting also provides the opportunity to reach citywide with a “wireless canopy” as vendor Silver Spring Networks terms it. And with their own power, streetlights also offer the opportunity to fit other infrastructure such as security cameras and even electric vehicle charging points. [[Street Light Electric Vehicle Charging-A New Proposal from BMW]
Smart cities are coming, encompassing every aspect of city life from transport to healthcare and finance. In this evolving mosaic energy is fundamental and will open up new, yet to be determined opportunities for all participants, both utilities and third party providers. So we need to be prepared and involved.
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