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Smart Illumination: Using Data to Turn on the Lights

Philips is pioneering the area of smart lighting, creating units that are responsive and able to collect data. What would happen if public lights were networked, outfitted with smart technology that could be centrally programmed, or responsive to individual/location-based SOS calls, or sharp noise spikes at irregular times? What other kinds of programming could make a difference in urban safety? How much more effective would this be in cities with open data programs? Or in neighborhoods with civilian watch programs? In what ways might businesses be incentivized to do this as well, especially in areas where governments might not be willing/able? Businesses catering to the female consumer: grocery stores, pharmacies, markets, laundries, etc?

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I really like this idea and this concept. I feel like it is fairly easy to implement. From a government funding standpoint, on the street lights they pay for and fund, while sensors for the lights and research surrounding it may cost money up front, but in the long run could save money on the lights and electric for the cities in which it is implement. How many times have we all seen or know of street lights that stay on and burn all night when it's not necessary. Implementing sensors will allow the lights to be off at certain times, thus saving the cost of electricity for the cities and private businesses who are funding these lights. I feel like a good way to get businesses on board are to provide some form of tax break or government reimbursement for being involved in this program.

In addition it will allow the community leaders to learn about potential night time problem areas and allow the community to cut down on crime. While we are discussing something as simple as turning on and off a light, we are also discussing sensing sounds and time periods for these lights being on and off. Sounds and time frames and patterns associated with crime gives police and enforcement departments to crack down on crime based on analyzing these sounds and patterns.

I really feel like the best way to go is to attempt to get local businesses to fund the majority of these lights and sensors in return for a tax break. This will help save the community money while at the same time helping local businesses improve their local images.

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