Copenhagen lighting the way to greener, more efficient cities

Aimed at saving money, cutting the use of fossil fuels and easing mobility, a growing wireless network of streetlamps and sensors will help Copenhagen’s 1.2 million citizens meet the city’s ambitious goal of becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral capital by 2025.

The system, still in its early stages, has put Copenhagen on the leading edge of a global race to use public outdoor lighting as the backbone of a vast sensory network capable of coordinating a raft of functions and services: whether easing traffic congestion or better predicting where to salt before a snowstorm.

In Copenhagen, IBM, Cisco and Philips are pursuing smart city projects. For instance, in Albertslund, a suburb, 25 companies are participating in the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab, a demonstration project to test and show about 50 different networked street lighting systems.

Spread out over an old industrial area, it is a kind of world’s fair meets high tech showroom that lets government officials from cities all over the world examine different systems in action before deciding what might work at home.

Read the full article in The New York Times.