Article from the ILP's Lighting Journal describes an innovative smart city pilot in the UK

A stretch of the A143 through the Suffolk village of Great Barton is hosting a pilot Connected Lighting project that has the potential to transform the economics of smart city applications.

Suffolk County Council has a long-standing relationship with Telensa, having connected its 60,000+ streetlights several years ago using the company's PLANet Central Management System (CMS).  This pilot is about integrating streetlight-mounted sensors from BT to automatically adapt lighting levels in response to traffic flow, in addition to monitoring a range of other environmental factors.

What makes this pilot different is that instead of the substantial integration costs usually associated with Smart City projects, this one is built to a standard that streamlines the whole process. Hypercat is the open standard for the integration of smart city technologies; it allows disparate systems to interact and exchange data using standard, familiar internet technologies.

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