70% of the world’s population will live in newly built urban areas by 2050.
Do you think planners will use the Australian defacto model, i.e. big houses, big highways, big energy bills? Here is my report from the Green lighting expo, afternoon session, 26th of April 2012
Intelligent lighting for a dreaming and sustainable city: Yongquin Zeng from Phillips Research Asia
The afternoon session was the highlight of the expo. The focus was on the increased urbanisation of the developing world. The figures released show an estimated 6.5 billion people will live in newly built urban areas by 2050, that’s over 70% of the world’s population. Increased urbanisation creates a dynamic matrix of needs. Infrastructure projects will require heavy investment in energy management and this is where the increasing demands for street lighting and city lighting for safety and amenity will provide large markets for producers of advanced SSL products. The main driver of this growth will be energy use and how you are billed for that energy use. In a low carbon economy billing has to reflect usage, and energy suppliers want to make more money in an era where they may be taxed on their emissions.
Street lighting has been established in China since the birth of Christ. Recently china has added 14 million road lamps to the existing system and predicts growth in road lighting of about 10% p.a and energy increase of around 8%. Yangzhou province added 6 million road lamps in 5 years!
Existing road lamps are based on clock control systems, modern lamps will be microchip controlled.
Beijing began cities survey in 2008…intelligent services industry included road lighting as part of their system platform the outcomes provided interesting insights in the future. To be energy efficient city there needs to be an aggregation of services. All homes, buildings and public spaces will need to be inter-connected.
Urban Traffic: Intelligent Management and Information Services
In the urban traffic field, advanced information technologies, data transmission technologies, electronic control technologies and computer processing technologies will be applied to traffic and transportation to establish an informatized, intelligentized and socialized system, which provides citizens with multiple services and enhance the security, energy-efficiency and effectiveness of urban traffic through the collection, processing, distribution, exchange, analysis and utilization of information. The specific tasks include smart traffic signal control system, traffic video analysis and monitoring system, e-police system, automatic entry control monitoring system, dynamic traffic guidance information system, smart logistics information platform, goods tracing and positioning system, as well as process visualization and smart management system.
This will lead us into the “internet of things”…