Concepts for the networked and intelligent city of the future – the smart city – already exist. At its heart is the safe and efficient networking of people, places and infrastructures. Since space in cities is limited, it must be used optimally.

However, the basis for smart cities and consequently an efficient and secure energy supply is the electrification and digitalisation of the infrastructure. Once this step has been achieved, the economic use of wind and sun as sustainable energy sources (smart grids) and the coupling of sectors are possible.

A key part of that energy-saving potential is lighting. The arrival of LED luminaires meant a giant leap forward for lighting technology as LED units save up to 80% of energy compared to conventional luminaires. Smart lighting also has a strong influence on people’s wellbeing and sense of security.

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