Smart street lamps or intelligent street lighting is on the rise according to the latest research report released by Berg Insight, an IoT analyst company. The report states that at the end of 2018 there were 10.4 million smart street lamp bases installed globally, and that number is expected to reach 1.2 million in 2023.
Intelligent street lamps adapt to movement, dimming when no one is detected and becoming brighter when they are activated by cars, cyclists or pedestrians, saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions.
Europe accounts for just under 40% of the bases installed, followed by North America with around 30% and the rest of the world made up 31%.
UK based street lighting company, Telensa, supplied 14.4 % of the smart bases worldwide, followed by Signify and Sensus. The above three companies have supplied a third of all smart street lights worldwide. The U.S company, Itron is responsible for the vast majority of networking aspects for the intelligent lights and according to their website they enable “ utilities and cities to better manage energy and water.”
IoT Analyst for Berg Insight, Levi Ostling explains the future for intelligent lighting companies stating, “While various proprietary RF mesh or star networks today account for the majority of smart street lighting installations, the adoption of LPWA technologies such as NB-IoT and LoRa is now growing fast, particularly in the European and Asian markets. Finding new ways to monetize data from a variety of smart city sensors and devices will be essential for smart street lighting vendors in the next couple of years to avoid becoming mere vendors of commoditized hardware,”