Next gen­er­a­tion street lights in Las Ve­gas

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

CITIES con­sume a con­sid­er­able amount of en­ergy per year on light­ing. And if that city hap­pens to be Las Ve­gas, you can ex­pect the bill to be a doozy. But a re­cently an­nounced part­ner­ship with a New York Ci­ty­based start- up is set to bol­ster Las Ve­gas’ com­mit­ment to re­new­able en­ergy sources. Soon enough, some of “Sin City’s” side­walks will be il­lu­mi­nated by EnGoPlanet’s in­no­va­tive su­nand peo­ple- pow­ered street lights.

To­gether with the city of Las Ve­gas, the so­lar- ki­netic lights will be placed through­out Boul­der Plaza. Th­ese street lights are de­signed to be pow­ered by the sun, sup­ple­mented by the ki­netic en­ergy from pedes­tri­ans’ foot­steps through strate­gi­cal­ly­placed ki­netic en­ergy tiles that are de­signed to turn mo­tion into use­ful en­ergy.

Each time some­one steps on one of th­ese pads, up to 7 W of power is cre­ated and then stored in a bat­tery for later use. The lights are equipped with the lat­est LED tech­nol­ogy, rang­ing from 25 to 75 W de­pend­ing on the cho­sen de­sign. Mo­tion sen­sors can be in­cor­po­rated so that the lights il­lu­mi­nate only as- needed, thus po­ten­tially re­duc­ing the amount of en­ergy waste.

Ad­di­tional sen­sors on the lights can also mon­i­tor air qual­ity, tem­per­a­ture, hu­mid­ity, and wa­ter, as video sur­veil­lance cam­eras mon­i­tor and an­a­lyse traf­fic, send­ing the data in real time to rel­e­vant of­fices.

WiFi also turns the lights into hot spot for mo­bile devices, with charg­ing spots pro­vided so that peo­ple have a place to sit and charge devices via USB or wire­less pad.

“If you look at tra­di­tional street light poles, you will see that they are use­less. They sim­ply hold the light­ing,” says Pe­tar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPlanet. “With our so­lu­tion, we’ve changed that by in­cor­po­rat­ing use­ful fea­tures into the pole and trans­form­ing it into a free ser­vice spot where peo­ple can rest, charge their por­ta­ble devices, or con­nect to WiFi.”

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

The next gen­er­a­tion street light cre­ate WiFi hot spots and can recharge dig­i­tal devices.

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