In the coming years the scale of growth and urbanisation facing large cities will become a challenge for most communities to address. I believe that smart cities will play a significant part in tackling these challenges, helping cities become more sustainable and effective. But what exactly is the role of lighting in the urban landscape of the future?
Connected lighting technology will play a key part in underpinning the smart cities we can expect to inhabit in just over a decade. Lighting closely interwoven with a city's infrastructure will unlock the ‘smart’ potential of a city, providing a digital platform for acquiring and sharing information and services that provide real value to residents.
The building blocks for such a reality are already in place. One of the oldest cities in The Netherlands, The City of Eindhoven, is creating five living labs across the city to help bring their vision of a smart and sustainable city to life. To build their smart city from the ground up, The City of Eindhoven is introducing participatory planning that allows its residents to be part of every step of the smart city project to improve the quality of life in their community. Residents will be consulted for ideas about how smart lighting infrastructure should be employed over the next 15 years.
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