Environment and Public Safety: growth driven by savings from street lighting

05 February 2016
Report type: Application Spotlight
Author(s): Margaret Ranken
Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, Internet of Things, CCTV, street lighting, Smart City, crime, waste, garbage, rubbish, litter, trash, municipalities, local government, highways, alarm, intercom, public transport, tourism, urbanization, LED, luminaires, PPP, private public partnership, CO2, pollution, Smart City platform, emergency services, public services, LonWorks, Zigbee, security, privacy, data protection, Operation Virtual Shield, OEMC, disaster, video, surveillance, civil rights, Ciudad Segura, climate change, SIM, induction lighting
Companies: Cisco, Korea Telecom, kcss, Spacehive, Xively, Cosm, Pachube, Socrata, IBM, Firetide, Genetec, Amazon, OVH, SFR, Telefonica Ingenieria de Seguridad, Echelon, Rongwen, Streetlight.Vision, Mayflower Control, SSE Contracting, Wireless Logic, Amko Solara, Philips, Actium, GE, Big Belly Solar, Vector Media, Enevo
Number of Pages: 17

This Application Spotlight provides a qualitative and high level quantitative analysis of the IoT market related to one of the core groups of smart cities applications, which we combine as 'Environment and Public Safety'. It includes basic public services that help to create a safe and clean environment as well as applications to protect citizens from harm through reducing crime or providing early warning of disasters. We include the following applications:

  • CCTV: Surveillance using video cameras is used for monitoring public spaces such as high streets where banks and retailers are located, airports, public buildings, town squares and any areas which are associated with high crime rates. Surveillance using CCTV cameras is common in large cities around the world. 
  • Street lighting: street lighting is deployed widely across cities and public highways to reduce accidents and make citizens feel safe but it is costly to maintain and operate due to rising energy prices. IoT technologies underpin some of the smart street-lighting applications and are becoming more common.
  • Waste collection: waste and recycling collection is a public service that local authorities are obliged to provide and is usually funded by local taxes. Like most publicly-funded services local municipalities are studying ways to reduce costs, especially in developed markets where budgets are being squeezed. Connecting some of the waste collection infrastructure, e.g. bins, to a central operations network allows the local municipality to manage waste collection more effectively, only emptying bins when they are full.
  • Public alarms and intercoms: these are alarm systems or intercom systems through which members of the public can request help or information. Most are usually located on public transport, either in the vehicle itself, on the platform or in the station. They are often based on analogue technologies and use voice for communication although more are becoming digitized and use IP to transmit data on location etc. 
  • Culture and tourism: Most large cities aim to attract tourists in order to generate revenue for local services. Providing a good information system is key to providing an overall positive experience and maximizing the opportunity for the city to generating revenue from tourist attractions and local businesses from tourist services. Some cities have deployed IoT connected information services. This is also more cost effective than establishing tourist offices.

The Application Spotlight provides a definition, description, analysis of drivers and barriers, and high level forecasts for growth in connections, technology split and revenue opportunity. Detailed country-by-country forecasts, including connections, technology splits, traffic and revenue for this (and all other) IoT application are available via the Forecast Database.

Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, Internet of Things, CCTV, street lighting, Smart City, crime, waste, garbage, rubbish, litter, trash, municipalities, local government, highways, alarm, intercom, public transport, tourism, urbanization, LED, luminaires, PPP, private public partnership, CO2, pollution, Smart City platform, emergency services, public services, LonWorks, Zigbee, security, privacy, data protection, Operation Virtual Shield, OEMC, disaster, video, surveillance, civil rights, Ciudad Segura, climate change, SIM, induction lighting

Companies covered in this report: Cisco, Korea Telecom, kcss, Spacehive, Xively, Cosm, Pachube, Socrata, IBM, Firetide, Genetec, Amazon, OVH, SFR, Telefonica Ingenieria de Seguridad, Echelon, Rongwen, Streetlight.Vision, Mayflower Control, SSE Contracting, Wireless Logic, Amko Solara, Philips, Actium, GE, Big Belly Solar, Vector Media, Enevo

17 pages

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