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Miami tops smart lighting league

The research reveals that Asia Pacific is the leading adopter of connected streetlights in 2017 

Miami's 500,000 connected streetlights are a key part of its climate action plan
Miami's 500,000 connected streetlights are a key part of its climate action plan

Miami is the world’s number one city when it comes to rolling out connected streetlights with Paris in second spot and Madrid in third.


IoT Analytics, which provides market insight and intelligence on the Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M), and Industry 4.0 sectors, analysed 111 cities based on their deployment of connected streetlights across North America (36 cities), Europe (35 cities), Asia Pacific (33 cities) and rest of the world (seven cities).


The Top 10 Cities implementing Connected Streetlights ranking is based on the level of deployment of connected streetlights as of 2017 and shows which cities are at the forefront in embracing digital transformation in the management of streetlights, and how other cities can learn from these initiatives.


The top 10 are:


1 Miami, US (500,000 connected streetlights)

2 Paris, France (280,000)

3 Madrid, Spain (225,000)

4 Los Angeles, US (165,000)

5 Jakarta, Indonesia (140,000)

6 Montreal, Canada (132,500)

7 Birmingham, UK (130,000)

8 Dongguan, China (120,000)

9 Buenos Aires, Argentina (108,500)

10 Milan, Italy (101,060)


Miami’s Climate Action Plan


Miami City Council is committed to achieving a carbon dioxide emission reduction of 25 per cent by 2020 (compared to 2006 levels) as indicated in the MiPlan, Miami’s Climate Action Plan.


The conversion of legacy streetlights into smart LED streetlights is one of the strategies enabling city governing bodies to reduce energy consumption, which in turn, reduces carbon dioxide emissions within their jurisdiction. The roll-out in Miami was performed by the technology firm Itron and the utility company Florida Power & Light.


Itron also retrofitted IPv6-based LED streetlights across Paris which has 280,000 connected streetlights in total while Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) retrofitted 225,000 connected streetlights in Madrid. This comprises 84,000 locally manufactured Philips LED lamps and luminaires and 141,000 non-LED lighting solutions. The city benefits from annual energy savings of 44 per cent on previous costs for legacy streetlights.


Global drivers


Globally, IoT Analytics estimates that the connected streetlights market will surpass US$3.6 billion in 2023 and will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21 per cent.


The growth is fuelled by government policies to reduce carbon dioxide emission, declining cost of technologies, smart city initiatives, and increasing awareness on the benefits of connected streetlights which go beyond energy savings.


On a regional level, AsiaPacific emerges as the leading adopter of connected streetlights in 2017, with India, China and Australia and New Zealand leading the deployment of connected streetlights. In India, the streetlighting National Programme of EESL targets to replace 14 million conventional streetlights with LEDs by 2019. Australia targets full deployment of connected and LED streetlights by 2027 across 2.3 million light poles.


North America may surpass Europe


IoT Analytics also predicts that the deployment of connected streetlights in North America will likely surpass Europe by 2023. It estimates that installations of connected streetlights in North America will reach 14.4 million by 2023 with highest deployment in the United States.


The penetration rate in North America is expected to increase by 21 percentage points from seven per cent in 2018 to 28 per cent by 2023. The growth is driven by US government initiatives to deploy 18 million connected streetlights by 2025 in the US.


Connected streetlight market in Europe is expected to grow with a CAGR of six per cent in the next five years. The European market is expected to be valued at US$439 million in 2023 and penetration rate is likely to reach 12 per cent by 2023, as the European Commission targets to deploy 10 million connected streetlights by 2025.


To find out more, go to Top 10 Cities Implementing Connected Streetlights


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