Copenhagen Is Lighting the Way to a Smarter City

Copenhagen, one of the world’s most sustainable and smartest cities, has set the ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by the year 2025. For that reason, the city is transforming how it manages energy use, traffic systems and emergency response. Copenhagen’s commitment to the smart city transformation begins, in part, through more efficient SELC networked street lighting nodes on a Silver Spring Networks.

SELC deployed it’s technology with a Silver Spring Network city street light controls for Copenhagen as the smart city rolled out.

French city lighting and electrical systems giant Citelum installed the project, which envisions linking LED lamps from multiple manufacturers in a single networking platform. SELC worked with the individual lighting luminaire companies to achieve their goal by supplying internal control nodes to lighting controls standards and electrical standards delivering 20,000 controllers.

The goal, as with many LED street-lighting projects, is to link the energy efficiency and long life of LEDs with the additional control and intelligence that can come from connecting these digital light sources into a broader network.

That citywide network is in place, “it can easily be adapted to different applications, without having to invest a ton of R&D effort,” Sterling Hughes, Silver Spring’s senior director of advanced technology, said in interview. In other words, while networked LEDs are today’s cost-effective business case for getting a wireless mesh network installed across a city, they’re also “one of the first applications of the smart city,” he said.

“Key stakeholders are taking a comprehensive approach to rethinking smart city innovation. City leaders have collaborated through partnerships involving government, research institutions and solution providers.“