L.A. Streetlights To Be Attached With GPS For Single Point Of Control
We heard about NYPD being upgraded through smartphones and tablets along with systems in cars to track a criminal’s history. Today we hear about L.A.’s future plans to allow controlling of streetlights through a single laptop.
The plan, announced Wednesday, proposes to fix mobile chips into existing streetlights, which will connect them all via the city’s cellular network. The system will allow a city worker to turn individual lights on or off to accommodate a film shoot and to brighten the lights when a sporting event gets out downtown.
The new system will also be incorporated with GPS capability, which will alert the worker when an individual light goes out and will enable monitoring each bulb’s energy use. All of this will be possible through a web browser.
“We’ll be able to find out if a light goes out right away, as opposed to waiting for someone to call,” said Ed Ebrahimian, director of the city’s Bureau of Street Lighting. “It’s really about customer service.”
Currently, L.A. can remotely control about a third of its 160,000 LED street lights, but the system is difficult and not efficient especially because of no GPS. The upgrades will start with 15,000 lights and gradually expand to cover the remaining 95,000 lights that are not networked.
The addition of GPS will eventually allow the lights to be linked to the city’s 911 system. That could automatically turn the lights on in an emergency, or cause them to blink as a warning to residents. “It opens the door to all sorts of smart city applications,” said Ebrahimian.