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Copenhagen to Roll Out Smart LED Streetlight Project

Danish city Copenhagen plans to roll out a pilot project featuring smart LED lights, according to a Nature World News Report.

The city authorities recently announced a climate change plan to make Copenhagen “carbon neutral” by 2025 and slashing carbon emissions to insignificant levels. As part of these plans, the city is redesigning its streetlights.

The Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab (DOLL) a GreenLab by Photonics is to be opened within a month and expected to stretch for 5.7 miles (9.2 km) along the roads of suburb Albertslund.

The report highlighted the experiment is “a virtual free-for-all” of competing smart technology designs, about 25 companies have made reservations to field test product, according to Inhbabitat. Each lamp has its own IP address so it can be monitored independently.

In an interview with New Scentist, Robert Karliceck the director of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, suggested smart street lights can even act as toxin sensors in the air or maybe even survey unusual street activity that require police attention.

"Really smart street light systems are going to be much more about the sensors the street lights have, than the LEDs that happen to be in them. The technology is getting very mature very quickly," he said.