How the street light has been given a hi-tech makeover

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Next time you're out after dark, spare a thought for the humble street light. It's not so humble anymore. Lamp posts double as data collectors, communicating with a central control system that makes automated decisions about when they are on, for how long, and the brightness.

In a data-driven world it makes sense to adapt existing street furniture for this purpose, says smart cities expert Dr Theo Tryfonas, from Bristol University's Faculty of Engineering "It's better than acquiring boxes and hardware," he says "There needs to be a shift in our mentality towards utilities. We have electricity, water - the fourth or fifth utility should be information."

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How the street light has been given a hi-tech makeover