Cities rely closely on sensible avenue lights – 23% shall be related by 2030

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Global investments in LED and intelligent street lighting, as well as additional sensors for street lighting infrastructure, are expected to total $ 28.1 billion over the next decade, according to the Northeast Group Market forecast.

The market research company for intelligent infrastructures assumes that the coronavirus will only “disrupt the intelligent street lighting sector to a limited extent”, but forecasts an increase in the use of new financing models and market consolidation.

There are 326 million streetlights around the world and these are expected to grow to over 361 million by the end of 2029. Overall, LED and smart street lights are expected to make up 73 percent and 23 percent, respectively, of the total street light market by then, as cities try to save money and lay the foundation for smart city projects in the areas of mobility, public safety, sustainability and more.

So far, a quarter of all street lights worldwide have been switched to LEDs and over 10 million intelligent street lights have been connected.


The report finds that infrastructure investment funds, energy service companies (ESCOs) and city government companies are playing an increasing role in financing and executing smart street lighting projects. This trend is predicted to be exacerbated by municipal budget constraints caused by economic problems related to Covid.

“The challenges of 2020 have compounded some of the key trends already emerging in the smart street lighting market,” said Chris Testa, research director at Northeast Group.

“Covid-19 highlighted the importance of automation and resilience for cities. Due to reduced municipal budgets, access to finance through ESCOs and other third parties is becoming increasingly important. Likewise, a step-by-step approach to smart cities, starting with smart street lighting before other applications are used, and a focus on choosing interoperable software platforms that can serve multiple smart city segments are major trends that have only been gaining momentum in the past year have won. ”


The sixth edition of the Global Smart Street Lights and Smart Cities: Market Forecast notes that large-scale smart street lighting initiatives are currently underway in almost every region of the world.

As the market evolves, the smart street lighting vendor landscape remains extremely fragmented and “ripe for consolidation,” says the Northeast Group.

San Diego has smart streetlight program sparked controversy over privacy and surveillance concerns, As a result, the mayor recently ordered the sensors and cameras to be disabled pending a governance ordinance. The city is in the process of developing regulations to regulate the use of surveillance technology, including the establishment of a data protection advisory board made up of volunteer citizens.

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Published on December 30, 2020 – 01:00 UTC

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