The Danish city of Copenhagen has taken a technology-forward step towards reducing its carbon emissions levels in the goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral capitol by 2025, installing a vast network of smart technology solutions throughout the city. Among the recent additions are a network of sensors which monitor traffic and provide drivers with up-to-date information on traffic, as well as a network of LED streetlights which conserve energy by brightening and dimming as pedestrians approach.

LED lights are among the key components of the global trend towards low-carbon focused development, with cities expected to install an estimated 50 million LED lights over the next three years. However, the array of smart sensors installed throughout the city will eventually support efforts to increase efficiency and energy conservation in services such as sanitation and transportation.

While many of the most dominant players in the field of smart city technology are well-established global giants such as Cisco, IBM, and Philips, smaller players such as Silver Spring Networks, the company providing the networking platform, software, and services of the infrastructure of Copenhagen’s project. The crowded marketplace has led to an overabundance of providers, all competing for a share of the market in pilot projects such as the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab which has drawn 25 companies to the Danish suburb of Albertslund. Industry experts believe this aggressive competition will not last long, with producers developing comprehensive infrastructure solutions which will connect the elements across a city, increasing the potential for greater efficient and reduced expenses.

Source: NY Times article 

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