Smart Street Lighting Infrastructure
Standardization of integrated multi-functional street lighting infrastructure
The digital transformation of cities and communities plays a major role for the digitalization of the economy and society. Sustainable traffic flow, energy efficient lighting and charging stations are only some examples of future lead markets. In the next years, many cities will have to modernize their street lighting, mainly with LEDs. This presents an opportunity to create a unique digital infrastructure for the Smart City: from the simple light source to integrated multi-functional street lighting infrastructure with public WIFI, sensors measuring CO2 as well as harmful pollutant emissions, and electric vehicle charging points. Cities can gather data on regulated emissions, offer new services and generate revenue instead of coping with high energy costs and expiring permits for outdated street lighting. Citizens profit from the benefits of these new services based on anonymous data such as the improvement of traffic flow, health or environmental information.
However, the integrated multi-functional street lighting infrastructure needs standards as a precondition for market development. Definitions of components, interfaces or quality requirements are lacking. Communities interested in investing do not have the necessary framework for the procurement process yet.
The Urban Software Institute, [ui!], has initiated the development of a specification and has formed an industrial consortium to this end. Together with DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, a DIN Specification (DIN SPEC) will be developed and published by the end of 2016. The consortium members, who start their work today, are: Alliander, Continental, Deutsche Telekom, eluminocity, EnBW, Microsoft, NXP, Schréder, Trilux, RheinEnergie, and the Urban Software Institute.
DIN SPEC: A basis for a European Standard
The development of standards is very much in line with the plans of the European Commission to position smart street lighting infrastructure as a crucial measure to reach European climate goals by 2020. The Commission wants more "smart" cities and communities with digital infrastructures in Europe. After having developed the DIN SPEC, [ui!] and DIN will discuss the next steps with the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) with the aim of adopting it as a European Standard.