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Pioneering smart-lighting revolutionises European city

LED pillars installed in Wipperfürth, transmit information via Bluetooth to a specially constructed downloadable app.
The city’s new LED light pillars feature  40 Plus LED modules, as well as supplementary linear RGB modules that can be individually controlled via street light control software.

A city-wide intelligent lighting network has been installed in Wipperfürth, Germany, which  feeds local information to visitor’s smartphones.

LED pillars installed throughout the city, transmit information via Bluetooth to a specially constructed downloadable app.

Smartphone users are then able to access a wealth of information about local retailers, special offers, company information and directional aides.

The technology can also help  motorists find parking spaces on busy days.

The Wipperfürth lighting upgrade began in 2010 and involved a complete re-fit of road lighting to energy-efficient LED technology.

Wipperfürth has been home to Radium for more than a hundred years, which is the oldest, still active German lamp manufacturer.

The LED light pillars, which were developed by Siteco (a subsidiary of Osram), feature a photometric base and are equipped with efficient 540 Plus LED modules.

The pillars also feature the smart city control system Einstone, which was developed by Osram.

An Einstone transmitter has been fitted in the pillars, which emit a Bluetooth signal that is received by smartphones, furnishing the app with information.

To improve the night-time appearance of the town, the pillars also have a supplementary linear RGB module that can be individually controlled, allowing specially created light scenarios to be developed.

The Wipperfürth app intercepts local information distributed by the city’s smart-lighting via Bluetooth.

The reconsideration of street lighting’s role is widespread and the uses that this formerly straightforward piece of street furniture can be put to are multiplying.

Lux revealed last month that the UK’s first Wi-Fi-enabled exterior lighting installation had been unveiled in Milton Keynes.

The fixtures, which have been placed outside of the stadium of the local football club, MK Dons, also include 360-degree LED lighting, CCTV and a remote-controlled public address system.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, California, all-hearing sensors have been installed on street lights that are able to hear car crashes and report them to emergency services.

The city already has a connected street lighting infrastructure, but the technology is now being deployed to improve LA’s Internet of Things (IoT) functionality. 

Enabled light poles feature microphone modules that can monitor, aggregate and visualize ambient sound in various areas of the city.

The modules can be used to increase the response times of emergency vehicles by detecting the sound of a collision. They can also be used to monitor noise and emission levels.


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