Ask anyone who works in the field of autonomous driving: certain IoT-driven projects can take longer to bring to fruition than the optimists expected.
Smart lighting, by contrast, is an IoT-driven technology that offers rapid payback and immediate results.
According to a 2018 Gartner report, smart lighting is the fourth-most mature IoT tech specialty, and one of the closest to general adoption. Navigant, too, lauds smart lighting's quick payback period and massive potential, noting in a recent report that a fully deployed smart street-lighting project can save up to 80 percent of the energy a conventional street-lighting system would use.
As the Navigant report suggests, the entry-level case for smart street lighting is usually energy efficiency. Such lighting uses high-efficacy LEDs equipped with sensors that provide optimum lighting based on pedestrian and vehicle traffic needs. When a street is empty, lights dim—and money and resources get saved.
But while energy efficiency is a tremendous benefit of smart lighting, it's merely the tip of the spear. Just as important is smart lighting's capacity to function as what Navigant calls a “backbone network," on the basis of which a range of both outdoor and indoor IoT solutions can take shape.