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A look at smart lighting in the Netherlands.

sagansense:

These Smart Streetlights Only Get Bright When They’re Needed

Cities spend massive amounts of money on electricity to light the street. But most of the time no one is there. This smart technology can sense when a car or pedestrian is approaching.

As much as half of a city’s electricity bill is from simply powering streetlights. Now a Dutch company’s design for smart street lights, which brighten only when needed, might help save massive amounts of that energy.

The Tvilight system works by sensing someone on the street—whether it’s a car, cyclist, or pedestrian—and instantly gets brighter in exactly the right place, while other lights stay on at a dim level. It’s quite a bit more complicated than the typical motion sensor lights you might see inside an office. Instead of just one light, the system illuminates multiple lights all around a moving vehicle or pedestrian.

The company’s founder was inspired to design the lights while working at another job that required frequent travel. “When I was flying, I was amazed to see how many streetlights are burning all night even when there’s no one around,” says Chintan Shah, CEO of Tvilight. "With a little research, I found out that Europe pays over €10 billion each year only to power streetlights. And this is shocking. Why do we need so much light when no one is there?”

Shah likens the effect to the spotlight that followed Michael Jackson around the stage as he danced the moonwalk. No matter where someone goes, a “safe circle of light” is always there. That means each of the lights needs to be able to communicate, in microseconds, with its neighbors.

The sensors inside are also smart enough to know not to activate the lights when a bird flies by, or when wind moves tree branches. The system can even tell what type of object is approaching; since a car moves faster, the lights around it are a bigger diameter and start brightening farther down the block.

“Five years ago, wireless sensors were not ready for this challenge,” says Shah. Now that reliable low-power sensor network technology is available, his team was able to build a custom combination of sensors that could filter out movement to know how and when to illuminate.

Soon, the company will also program custom lights for certain situations—a fire truck driving down the street, for example, will be able to turn the streetlights red as it passes to help alert other drivers.

Since Tvilight’s first installation of the lights in 2011, hundreds of the systems have been installed—at train stations, parking lots, a castle in Germany, and even an entire town in the Netherlands. Now the company hopes to move from selling directly to cities to work with distributors and other streetlight manufacturers, so it can spread the technology more quickly.

Everywhere the lights have been installed, Shah says they’ve had a positive response. Since the lights are never fully turned off, but just dimmed by 30%, it’s easy to see even if you’re just looking out the window of a house and nothing is driving by. And just by dimming the lights, energy usage can be cut 50% to 60%.

“The world talks about the challenge of climate change, but there are really practical solutions like this,” Shah says. “If we apply them, we’ll achieve our 2020 targets. I think it’s time that the world gets serious about implementing solutions that are readily available.”

Source: Fast Co.Exist

Related: 'Borrowed Light' and Light Pollution

A graphic look at smart cities.

brucesterling:

*Great town for a no-holds-barred cyberwar campaign

A look at smart cities.

laboratoryequipment:

Collaboration Aims to Support Smart Cities

CEA-Leti today announced that a group of European and Japanese companies, research institutes, universities and cities will work together in the ClouT project to deliver ways for cities to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing to become smart cities.

ClouT, which stands for “cloud of things,” will develop infrastructure, services, tools and applications for municipalities and their various stakeholders – including citizens, service developers and application integrators – to create, deploy and manage user-centric applications that capitalize on the latest advances in IoT and cloud computing.

Read more: www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2013/07/collaboration-aims-support-smart-cities

(via emergentfutures)

Smart shirts are another example of wearable tech.

emergentfutures:

Smart shirt helps wearers keep track of their mental and physical wellbeing

OMsignal has developed a shirt embedded with sensors able to detect and track the wearer’s emotional state, and even share the data socially.

Full Story: Springwise

(via onefutureminute)

A novel use of smart tech in waste management.

springwise:

In Finland, smart waste containers inform collectors when they need emptying

London’s Renew has already used smart trash cans to show relevant information to passersby, but what about waste collectors? The Enevo ONe Collect is a solution that lets authorities know exactly which containers need emptying on their route. READ MORE…

Would you prefer a smartwatch?

futuretechreport:

Is Sony Getting Ready to Make a Smartwatch Announcement?

Engadget broke some news today taking cue from a tweet from Sony with this pic (above) and the hastag #MAE (Mobile Asian Expo) and #itstime. 

Sony already has a smartwatch in the market, so it will be interesting to see what insights they have gained from this first model to see what their next iteration may hold

More here: http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/21/sony-teases-new-smartwatch/

(via designersofthings)

This wifi / gesture controlled interface may just be the future of the smart home.

futurescope:

Wi-Fi Signals Enable Gesture Recognition Throughout Entire Home

University of Washington computer scientists have developed gesture-recognition technology that brings this a step closer to reality. Researchers have shown it’s possible to leverage Wi-Fi signals around us to detect specific movements without needing sensors on the human body or cameras.

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