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Design, Deployment and Evolution of Heterogeneous Smart Public Lighting Systems

WiLAB, CNIT, DEI, University of Bologna, Viale Risorgimento 2, 40136 Bologna, Italy
Wi4B s.r.l., Via degli Orefici, 2, 40124 Bologna, Italy
IEIIT-CNR, National Research Council, Viale Risorgimento 2, 40136 Bologna, Italy
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(16), 3281;
Received: 28 June 2019 / Revised: 26 July 2019 / Accepted: 2 August 2019 / Published: 10 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Urban Lighting Systems)
Street lighting characterizes many smart city initiatives around the world. In fact, significant savings can be achieved by not only replacing traditional luminaires with low-power LEDs, but also providing streetlights with smart light controllers and network connectivity, allowing the introduction of a sensible light intensity management and reduction of maintenance costs. Moreover, if designed with a far-looking view, smart lighting infrastructure could also support city-wide Internet of Things services, becoming key enablers of the smart city revolution, also in the 5G perspective. In this paper, we provide a thorough discussion on network architectures and communication technologies that could be adopted for smart public lighting applications, showing their benefits and downsides. Starting with significant activity on research, implementation and in-field testing, we also outline the steps required for the deployment of a smart public lighting infrastructure, each discussed in accordance with the network topology considered. Finally, we introduce some additional services that a smart public lighting infrastructure could support and discuss the benefits that would arise from integration with the upcoming 5G cellular network. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart lighting; street lighting; smart city; Internet of Things; 5G networks smart lighting; street lighting; smart city; Internet of Things; 5G networks
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Pasolini, G.; Toppan, P.; Zabini, F.; De Castro, C.; Andrisano, O. Design, Deployment and Evolution of Heterogeneous Smart Public Lighting Systems. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 3281.

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