Having read many reports from industry analysts on topics such as smart lighting and smart cities, it is clear that people nowadays are expecting a richer, more interactive relationship with the city in which they live.
One of the principal analysts of Forrester, Jennifer Belissent, went to the city of Buenos Aires and noticed that the city found itself in urgent need of change. Public works projects were a burden to the city – residents were frustrated due to the disruptions caused by uncoordinated public works, street paving, and fiber-to- the-home installation.
Like many metropolitan cities, Buenos Aires had environmental concerns. In 2010 Argentina committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emission by 15% by 2030, with a conditional promise of 30% if provided with international support. At the time, Buenos Aires accounted for almost 40% of the Argentinian population. So it was apparent radical change was needed.
As a result of this, the city launched a digital transformation initiative and tested LED lighting in parks and plazas. However, the new plan was to integrate those two efforts at a city scale. Buenos Aires leaders worked closely with teams from Philips Lighting and SAP to upgrade, consolidate, and rationalize systems of records and to implement mechanisms to better engage citizens and invest in energy-saving technologies.
Buenos Aires recognized the value of standardized city data to inform infrastructure investment and decision-making. This data-driven approach was particularly important for evaluating new smart infrastructure solutions, resulting in multiple financial, economic, social and environmental benefits.
The result was a positive change in public works and city lighting reduced costs and improved services. Streets were well paved and well-lit. New LED lighting delivered better light quality, improving aesthetics and safety.
But traditional street lighting is just the beginning. In Buenos Aires, city leaders plan to use programmable lighting of public facades, parks, and monuments as a new form of art and new attraction. The light posts can provide Wi-Fi signals or host sensors to capture information on the weather, air quality, traffic, and parking availability.
Discover more about this Forrester report here
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