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.   

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