Of course its no surprise about the new Apple’s tablet is the most popular and highly-integrated slate that is available currently, and when talking about street lighting, Wesminister City Council has officially announced that it will soon be rolling out new smart street lighting that can be an iPad controled variable. With over 100 million iPads shipped since the original launch in 2010, and that total being added to daily as consumers grab the fourth-generation iPad and iPad mini, Apple are streets ahead of the competition in the tablet market.
Need any proof? The Central London is preparing to make significant investment in iPad controled street lighting throughout London shoulg go some way to provide it. Street lights which can alert the local council when they are broken or need replacing are to be installed in central London.
When talked about street lighting, Councilors and local government officials have been far looking for a way to reduce the cost associated with the vast amount of lighting along the streets in the central London and have been running a pilot scheme involving the system in an attempt to gauge how successful the move would be. The new smart street lights roll-out of the scheme will take place over the next four years will replace around 14,000 central London street lights adapted with the new smart technology.
Replacing the local street lighting with the iPad controlled system will allow council employed engineers to easily monitor the status of the lighting network and quickly respond to any issues or problems that are highlighted on what would essentially be a dedicated mobile or web app running on the iPad.
In an effort to save the cost associated with running the UK’s vast public street lighting system, local councils have experimented with actually about switching off street lights to save energy and costs, but this was not considered appropriate for Westminster, so an alternative, or ‘third way’, variable lighting solution has been found.
“The council says roll-out means an initial £3.25m investment which will be recouped through energy and maintenance savings within seven years, and the technology will go on saving council tax payers £420,000 a year from 2015/16 onwards.”
This is the first system of its kind to be used in the UK and it will offer an excellent way to monitor street lighting levels and reliability, and the use of an iPad application, engineers will be able to instantly see when a street lamp is not functioning correctly; it even has the intelligence to predict when a lamp is likely to fail too. In addition to the seven-year payback period it has also been estimated that £420,000 a year will be knocked off the bill of council tax payers in that vicinity. Westminster City Council have calculated that the scheme will come attached with a seven-year payback period.
There are many parts of the country were local councils are already trialling different cost saving schemes for street lighting and most just involve turning them off. The smart lighting system is yet another example of local government adopting the advanced technology on the market to maximize efficiency in the area. The iPad controlled scheme may offer the savings that the councils need to make without degrading the current levels of street lighting.