The Internet of Things (IoT) will transform the way people interact with their environment. There are expected to be 50 billion connected devices in the World by 2020. The IoT poses new challenges for cities, since these devices need to be able to work securely and seamlessly in a crowded and heterogeneous network.
Modern street lighting infrastructures are the backbone of the IoT in smart cities. Smart and wireless street light luminaires can act as service gateways for other street level IoT devices. This enables to create new smart urban services based on connected devices that make autonomous decisions. Eliko has already created one such citywide network of smart things in Tallinn, Estonia – Kalaranna Smart Street