As more cities use LED Street lights to replace older lamps, they often don’t mention the Wireless Network that these new lamps often include now.  There are various brands out there and each work in a similar way, however ITRON, the maker of the Smart meters used here in British Columbia, seems to think that their smart meter network should be networked with the street lights.   The big question is Why?

“Municipalities will implement smart streetlights using sensors to monitor the environment, including lighting needs, traffic, smog, seismic and severe weather events, and to increase public safety.  Itron Riva™ technology does help efficiently and reliably communicate this sensor data over extensive mesh networks. Likewise, a utility or municipality’s streetlights can also be controlled using the same communication network (on/off/dimming), and the lamps can also be monitored for maintenance issues such as burned out bulbs or dayburners, allowing a utility to efficiently service streetlights.”

Many people sensitive to wireless say that this change would be unnecessary.   Street lights have been equipped with light detection for many years to turn each lamp off and on,  this did not require wireless.   


United Kingdom,  Smart Street Lights

Cities are secretly rolling them out into the community without public consultation – placing them on top of the public street lighting. This is happening in a number of Areas in the UK

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Norway :  Smart Lighting (Wireless)

more information :

    “we focus on smart lighting, a relevant application domain for which we propose an intelligent street light control system based on adaptive behavior rules. We evaluate our approach by using a simulator which combines wireless sensor networks and belief-desire-intention (BDI) agents to enable a precise simulation of both the city infrastructure and the adaptive behavior that it implements. e results reveal energy savings of close to 35% when the lighting system implements an adaptive behavior as opposed to a rigid, prede ned behaviour.”      

      “Our solution assumes a wireless sensor network (WSN) platform and multiphase lamppost functionality based on LEDs, and it is based on an agent-based approach. e smart city scenario we are simulating involves a set of intel- ligent devices—in the Internet of ings (IoT) terminology things—which communicate and coordinate their actions to achieve intelligent street lighting. e devices are installed on the lampposts within the neighborhood that is being moni- tored and, additionally, in other strategic positions within this area. ey have the ability to sense the environment and share their views with each other. is enables them to construct a global picture of the site and make informed decisions about lighting depending on the real-time necessities at their location. e purpose of the system we are simulating is to use the street lighting in an energy e cient manner while guaranteeing service as needed to avoid a negative social impact. “



References :

Smart Grid Field Area Networks (FAN)

Itron Embedded Sensing (IES)

Itron Streetlight Management

Phillips City TouchWireless connection to Street Lights  DigiStreet & CityTouch - Remote light Management