“Smart Street Lights” Technology To Change The World

Posted By on July 1, 2014

This is just the beginning. Smart street LED lights are energy efficient and highly sensitive to any kind of movement, with add ons that allow video and voice recordings along with programmable advertising LED banners. This will make the new world of outside lighting a ‘dosey’ compared to the days of old. Thomas Edison would roll over in his grave if he could see how the future is lighting up, no pun intended!

New LED Smart street lights are being marketed as fantastic energy saving devices because they have motion sensors which detect foot traffic, allowing them to switch on and off  or dim only when required. With other Smart add on options discussed below, the world of lighting will never be the same.

A CBS News report showcases the smart lights in action at Newark Airport and at an underground parking lot, while imagining that all 4 billion outside street lights may eventually all be “connected in one global network.”

A “seamless grid” of smart street lights networked with surveillance cameras also provides security for a parking lot outside a Silicon Valley building, tracking an individual’s “every move” while also utilizing license plate recognition technology to store data about vehicles.

“The future is limitless for this technology,” asserts Shorenstein Engineering manager Kevin Kirk.

“In the future, the smart network could track every place we go, everything we buy, everything we do all the time,” states reporter Bill Whitaker.

Responding to the charge that such a scenario “sounds Orwellian,” Hugh Martin, Chairman and CEO of Sensity Systems, cited the necessity to protect schools by using the smart system, which could be programed to detect guns. The big question always is, will the technology race ahead of policy makers’ ability to control its reach.

As this technology develops, it will allow some of the “high-tech add ons” being included in smart street lights include technology that can even record conversations.

Sources: Wise Dog Research, Inforwars, CBS

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