Today, cities across the United States are implementing smart city technology for infrastructure—and solar power is part of the revolution. What makes a city smart? Smart cities integrate internet of things (IoT) connectivity and information and communication technology (ICT) to help manage city assets in a secure, efficient way. Everything from schools and libraries to waste management and water supply networks can include integrated smart technology to help improve the efficiency of those services for the local community as well as the staff that manage it.
Smart city infrastructure is connected to a central intelligence hub using GPS and satellite technology, allowing city staff to remotely monitor, process, and analyze the data collected. This helps improve efficiency by identifying problem areas quickly.
Some new communities are integrating smart city technology in a big way—they are a major component in the community plan right from the start. Babcock Ranch in southwest Florida is a new 18,000-acre community with the first residents arriving in May 2017. Driverless vehicles are expected to be the main mode of transport through the community, and smart grid digital electric distribution technologies aim to optimize energy efficiency and lower utility costs for the estimated 50,000 residents and businesses that will eventually call this innovative community their home. A 443-acre solar power plant will generate 74.5 megawatts of renewable power: the goal is for Babcock Ranch to be the first town in the world to have solar energy production exceed the total energy consumption right from day one.
Meanwhile, at Civita in San Diego, the community plan includes solar panels, fuel cell generation, vehicle charging stations, and more. And around the world, cities from Stockholm to Barcelona and Taipei to Singapore have developed and implemented smart city strategies.
Dreaming of a smart, connected city?
Is smart city technology a trend you want to be part of, but you don’t know where to begin? Start with your street lights.
The lighting industry is undergoing a huge shift. Cities and private enterprises are switching to LED lighting, which can help prevent wasted light, wasted electricity, and burnt-out bulbs. This improves efficiency and ultimately helps save money.
But there’s another shift happening in the lighting industry. Lighting is also getting smarter thanks to smart city technology. It can make use of remote monitoring using GPS and satellite technology, giving your city the benefits of smart city access—including repair notifications and support—while also helping everyone feel safer with well-placed lighting in areas that may have been lacking adequate light sources before. More complex systems may monitor anything from noise levels to traffic volume.
For instance, in 2016 in Denver, Colorado, installation of the first of a planned 53 smart LED street lights began at Peña Station rail stop. The lights are controlled remotely, provide notifications of faults, and dim during low-traffic periods in the middle of the night. Environmental monitors will also be activated in the future to evaluate air particles, humidity, and more.
Meet the EverGen
At Sol, every EverGen light includes built-in smart technology—not only providing satellite remote monitoring, but also assisting with proper setup and battery maintenance via Bluetooth® wireless technology.
- Smart setup: The EverGen setup app helps you turn each light on, assisting with testing and commissioning via Bluetooth® wireless technology and your smartphone.
- Smart energy control: The system optimizes power and automatically adjusts to ensure continuous operation, no matter what the weather.
- Smart monitoring: The system uses GPS technology and satellite connectivity to pinpoint system faults and performance levels, notifying you of the location via email for a reliable, smarter system that lasts.
In this revolution, you’ll save money by choosing solar-powered LED lighting.
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