Project
Urban Control System

Completed
2010
Type
Urban

Discipline
Product + Innovation




While carrying out our extensive work in lighting masterplanning, we identified a need for a new type of lighting controls system - one that can respond in a coordinated fashion to the dynamic complexities that make up our modern cities.

Indulging in a little ‘futurecasting’, we developed the outline of an Urban Lighting Control System, which is our vision for what the lighting control of a city could be and should be.

Current urban lighting control systems are usually restricted to managing the street lighting with basic time clock and/or photocell based controls that respond to the availability of natural light. However, there are many more layers of light in the modern city, from highways, streets and paths, to landscape and architecture, art and events and even advertising.

There are also many aspects to city life that can and should influence what the optimum lit conditions are at any given time. Beyond the basic inputs of time and natural light, aspects like the weather and surface conditions, traffic and pedestrian density, emergency situations, events and even neighbourhood preferences are just some of the possibilities that could be considered in a fully connected urban lighting control system.

With data feeding in from these inputs, the system could actively monitor and predict, allowing it to adjust the lighting profile using all the available layers of light.

The advantages of such a coordinated system would be vast – improving the appearance of the cityscape after dark, saving energy and cost by eliminating unnecessary lighting, and improving responsiveness and community engagement.

With an infrastructure firm in place to develop it or a city ready to commission it, these benefits could make a very real contribution to urban living in the future.

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