Smart+Connected Lighting

A Multi-Sensor Internet of Everything Platform

Electric streetlights are essential elements of a municipal environment. They affect residents’ sense of safety and place while influencing a city’s ability to create an inviting environment for business and tourism. Unfortunately, outdoor lights are also a major energy draw. To reduce electrical demand, cities are moving a large percentage of 4 billion outdoor lighting fixtures toward light-emitting diode (LED) technology. This global transition can be a gateway to adopting a common platform on which to launch a number of smart-city solutions.

The Smart+Connected Lighting solution combines with the Smart+Connected Multi-Sensor Node to create a powerful light-sensory network (LSN). These ultra-capable standards-based systems gather a wide variety of data from the environment, including levels of humidity, CO2 and O2, UVA and UVB light, particulate matter, motion and seismic activity, video, sound, and more. Transmitted over an LSN, this data is capable of supporting many city services across a common infrastructure: from law enforcement to environmental improvement, transportation oversight, and earthquake preparedness.

With Smart+Connected Lighting, municipalities can:

  • Reduce energy consumption, cost, and maintenance
  • Improve citizen vehicle compliance and increase violation capture and city revenue
  • Enhance situational awareness, real-time collaboration, and decision making across city agencies
  • Add intelligent Internet of Everything (IoE) innovations to transportation, utilities, public safety, and environmental monitoring without adding significantly more physical infrastructure

Some of the basic features of this platform are:

  • High speed and real time:
Data communicated in real time must have low latency (or minimal delay). This is critical for monitoring safety and security factors, such as sensing suspicious behavior like sounds that can be gunshots, which require analysis in milliseconds.
  • Distributed intelligence:
City multisensor nodes have advanced analytics capabilities powerful enough to perform real-time video analysis on raw, high-definition (HD) video streams.
  •  High data throughput rate:
Sensors that must capture highly detailed data, such as HD video require high- bandwidth networking technology, which is both costly and energy intensive. The hardware and network architecture of Cisco Smart+Connected City Lighting employ unique algorithms capable of transmitting data-rich content without the need for high-bandwidth equipment and its associated costs and bottlenecks. By using 802.11a/n Wi-Fi for local-area networking and cellular, or fiber, for data backhaul, the platform can accommodate the most data-intensive sensors.
  • Data security
Designed to support rich data sets, Cisco Smart+Connected City Lighting is a cloud-based architecture designed from the ground up to safeguard data. Security is layered throughout the system from node to cloud. It can evolve to support new applications and requirements over time. Applications, feature updates, and firmware upgrades are delivered easily, enabling new capabilities, enhanced functionality, and increased security.