Nineteen Latvian towns get smart street lights

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In nineteen Latvian towns and cities, smart lighting has been introduced, Latvian Television reported January 30.

Lamps fitted with sensors shall allow the lighting to be adapted to the need for a given moment on each street, as determined by traffic and pedestrian flow. The system that can even be operated from the phone.

“An intensity class is calculated for each street and then it is also determined what the light level must be. With this flow sensor, we can do it dynamically. Not by historical data, but by how much it is at a given moment. During the day, the maximum flow is reached only for 3-4 hours,“ said the head of technology company Lucidus “Smart” division, Krišjānis Vīdušs.

While such lighting is an innovation in Latvia, it is already a common practice in many European countries, and there are many opportunities to use smart lighting even more broadly.

“The city's lighting networks go along all houses, all apartments. A communication network has been set up, and if we need to read meters, electricity, water, gas once a month, we can use the existing network,” said Krišjānis Vīdušs.

It is unknown when Latvia will introduce such solutions, but it should certainly happen sooner or later, said the expert.

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