London to Get 14,000-iPad Controlled Street Lights

A council in London, UK is set to install 14,000 street lights that can be controlled via iPad. West London Today reports that following a successful pilot scheme, Westminster City Council is to replace all of its street lights with smart street lights over the next four years.

When the council is finished, all 14,000 street lamps will be controllable via iPad, and engineers will be able to tell technicians when they're broken or in need of replacing. In addition to this, engineers can alter the brightness via an iPad app. The system, which West London Today says is the first electronically monitored lighting infrastructure in the UK, will be able to detect when one of the street lights in the network is likely to fail.

The scheme is expected to cost in excess of three million pounds, however, it's thought this cost will be recouped in energy and maintenance savings. The council expects the scheme to have paid for itself in years. 

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  • safcmanfr
    Waiting for someone to hack the application, and to set up a street rave party with flashing street lights!
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  • keither5150
    Someone just lost their job to an ipad.
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  • pyoverdin
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    The scheme is expected to cost in excess of three million pounds, however, it's thought this cost will be recouped in energy and maintenance savings.


    Then why did they start with one of the most expensive and difficult to repair devices to do this? Some cheaper tablets and a lot of mobile phones are just as capable, but with smaller screens.
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  • keither5150
    Someone just lost their job to an ipad.
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  • vaughn2k
    Just wondering if this technology is available for all. Imagine how many people with iPad can control these lighting, and play with it, hmm..
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  • djscribbles
    At first, I thought they meant traffic lights....
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