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Keith Dawson
Davidled
Davidled
6/2/2014 8:40:13 PM
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Re: Technology looking for a problem
Regardless of light tax, lighting could capture which cars are connected to lighting. Then lighting would gather all data that any operator could use for any security purpose. 

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Ron Amok
Ron Amok
5/25/2014 4:17:09 PM
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Re: Technology looking for a problem
Don't be surprised if there isn't a Homeland Security grant behind increasing the deployment of street lighting. All those intersection cameras (tracking, not for red light running as most people think) were pretty much free...useless in the dark.

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Dr.LED
Dr.LED
5/25/2014 2:53:14 PM
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Re: Technology looking for a problem
Just don't give city planners the idea of charging a 'light tax' everytime a car goes by with their smart lights... Could require cars to have wireless IDs, like for bridges to make it easy...

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kdawson
kdawson
5/21/2014 11:25:04 AM
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Re: Technology looking for a problem
Another expression making the rounds: "Smart streetlights are the ideal gateway drug for smart city projects" (source). 

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kdawson
kdawson
5/21/2014 10:57:24 AM
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Re: Technology looking for a problem
That saying doesn't refer to Trojan Horse in the sense of a security vulnerability. Rather, it's that other network-dependent functions come in on the heels of (or inside the horse of) lighting control. The latter is justifiable in its own right on energy- and money-saving grounds. IT and building-management types who have been wanting more intelligence within a building can piggyback on the lighting.

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Ron Amok
Ron Amok
5/21/2014 9:59:54 AM
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Technology looking for a problem
How is it a trojan horse when the control and data never have to leave the building to attain full energy saving functionality, including adaptive learning agorithms?

Cloud, and Big Data, fanboy wishful thinking, maybe, but the reality is lighting's fully implemented as intra-building control,IP connected, with a singular firewall/gateway that allows remote access.

If you must, one onsite Linux box does it all. But, most certainly, you don't need a server farm to be mining "Big Data" to see why Bob left the lights on last night.

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