Re-Imagining Streetlight Infrastructure as a Digital Urban Platform

Urban infrastructures have traditionally been mono-functional: water, sewage, and electricity are notable examples. Embedded with digital technologies, urban infrastructures have the potential to communicate with one another and become multi-functional platforms that integrate data gathering and actuation cycles. In this paper, the authors focus on public lighting infrastructures. Despite the technological development of lights, including LED technology, streetlights have been primarily treated as a mono-functional infrastructure. Based on case studies, they discuss the potential of reimagining streetlight infrastructure, and advance some initial proposals that focus on sensing and actuation cycles, which could transform this pervasive infrastructure into a digital urban platform.

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    • © 2017 The Society of Urban Technology 2017. Abstract reprinted with permission of Taylor & Francis.
  • Authors:
    • Álvarez, Ricardo
    • Duarte, Fábio
    • AlRadwan, Alaa
    • Sit, Michelle
    • Ratti, Carlo
  • Publication Date: 2017-4


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  • Accession Number: 01644584
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 29 2017 10:09AM