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Smart City street lighting could realise US$15b in energy savings: report

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Smart street lighting deployments will realise US$15 billion in cumulative energy savings for cities upto 2023, according to a newly published global report.

According to Juniper Research, the energy savings will be achieved as a result of converting lamps to energy-efficient LEDs, as well as the addition of connectivity to monitor and control the status of each individual light; saving up to 50% energy per light.

Juniper’s new report — Smart Cities: Leading Platforms, Segment Analysis & Forecasts 2019-2023 — found that connected street lights were set to grow on average by 42% per annum between 2019 and 2023, reaching close to 70 million units by the end of the forecast period.

The report argues that growing open platform adoption would enable street lighting to act as a major hub point for additional smart city services, such as public safety and smart transport.

As part of the new research, Juniper has ranked the industry’s leading smart city platform vendors:

  1. Siemens
  2. Oracle
  3. IBM
  4. Huawei
  5. Itron

Juniper found that Siemens’ MindSphere platform, coupled with its City Performance Tool and recent Mendix acquisition, represented a “compelling offering”.

In addition, the company (Siemens) was able to offer significant market vertical expertise to aid in service launches.

“Meanwhile, Oracle is able to offer a broadly capable platform in addition to extensive worldwide smart city deployment experience,” Juniper says.

The research found that many cities were now moving away from point solutions, towards platform procurement and, it argued that street lighting platforms would serve as the entry point for a number of cities looking to deploy smart city projects.

“The cost savings enabled by smart street lighting mean that many cities will look to this as a first-stage smart city project”, said research author Steffen Sorrell.

“Choosing an open platform will be key here, as additional services can be launched from the same point, while simultaneously driving up third party vendor competition.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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