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Cities That Learn: Lighting & the History and Future of Smart City

Seminar at LightShow West Oct 21, presented by Clifton Lemon

The fascinating history of public lighting gives an invaluable perspective on how today’s new technologies may evolve to help society adapt to increasing urban density and environmental and economic challenges. Optimal outcomes in lighting and Internet of Things (IOT) – reducing energy use, increasing retail sales, enhancing property values, improving municipal services, and making cities vibrant healthy places to live – depend on better public and private decisions about design and investment in the new technologies. The many interrelated benefits that new technology and good design provide mean that owners, developers and public agencies must pay more attention to the multidisciplinary practice of urban public lighting as an integral component in urban planning for night time use of cities.