Connected (Smart) Street Light Market – Snapshot
Lighting is one of the major prospects for rapidly evolving smart technologies. A majority of lighting systems installed currently are based on traditional lighting systems. However, increasing awareness about energy conservation and efficient lighting techniques is gaining attention of players operating in the connected (smart) street light market. In addition, development of sensors and wireless technologies in the field of smart lighting is fueling the market. The market is witnessing growth, due to rise in the demand for greener strategies that would support sustainable development worldwide. The global connected (smart) street light market is anticipated to reach value of US$ 1,502.8 Mn by 2026 from US$ 257.3 Mn in 2017, expanding at a CAGR of 21.0% during the forecast period.
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The global connected (smart) street light market has been broadly segmented based on connectivity, component, and region. In terms of connectivity, the market has been divided into wired and wireless. Based on component, the market has been classified into hardware, software, and services. Furthermore, the hardware segment has been sub-classified into light source, drivers & ballast, sensors, switches, controllers, and others. The light source sub-segment has been sub-divided into LED lamps, sodium vapor lamps, and others. In terms of region, the global connected (smart) street light market has been segregated into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America.
The wireless segment holds a major share of the global connected (smart) street light market and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. Introduction of new wireless technologies such as Li-Fi is positively influencing the market. However, the connected (smart) street light market faces challenges in terms of poor infrastructure in developing economies. This is attributable to underdeveloped network infrastructure and low Internet penetration, which leads to low bandwidth availability. Increasing adoption of light emitting diodes (LEDs), rapidly rising trend of street lighting systems and lighting in commercial setups, and high penetration of connected street light technology in smart cities are expected to provide significant opportunities to the connected (smart) street light market in the near future.
In view of rapid growth of the market, several players are investing in the connected (smart) street light market. In February 2017, Citelum S.A. launched its new street lighting laboratory at the EDF Lab Les Renardières site to test the effectiveness of new technologies; evaluate their effect on electric networks; and find and develop new solutions for smart, economical, and eco-friendly lighting.
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Some of the prominent players operating in the global connected (smart) street light market and profiled in the study are Cisco Systems, Inc., Citelum S.A., DimOnoff Inc., Echelon Corporation, EnGo Planet, Flashnet SRL, General Electric Co., Philips Lighting N.V., LED Roadway Lighting Ltd., LonMark International, OSRAM Licht Group, Silver Spring Networks Inc., Telensa Ltd., Toshiba Corporation, Transdata Inc., and Tvilight.
A smart street light system comes with a bunch of streetlight lamps able to communicate with each other and shares lighting data with local concentrator. Two-way communication is enabled in this smart street lighting system, which is an added advantage for the systems. This factor is likely to add to the growth of the global connected (smart) street light market in the years to come.
It also enables facility managers to regulate street lights remotely whilst monitoring consumption of electrical power in those lamps and in the associated driving circuits. Monitored networks of street lights assist in the reduction of cost of maintenance. Each of the lamps comes with a unique ID and can be spotted instantly. The status of lamp can be tracked and when a lamp breaks down, falls down or starts malfunctioning somehow then timely, cost-effective and efficacious solution can be developed. These benefits are likely to foster growth of the global connected (smart) street light market in the years to come.
The very basic components of a connected street lights comprise the following
- IoT-based communication is utilized to generate reliable, secure, and digitally monitored network.
- It comes with HID or LED lamps with very high efficiency.
- The system comes with various sensors so as to track air pollution, inclination of lamppost, and monitor conditions of the weather.