Westminster City Council is going to install smart street lights that are controlled via iPads across central London. After a successful pilot scheme, 14,000 lights will be replaced over the next four years to save energy and make the most efficient use of engineers. They can be monitored or dimmed from the tablet devices and send alerts to technicians when one has broken or gone out.
West London Today reports that the initial investment of £3.25m will be recouped through energy and maintenance savings within seven years, and the system will save tax payers £420,000 a year. Cllr Ed Argar, cabinet member for city management, said:
This provides people in Westminster with the light they require to feel secure and continue to function safely in a 24-hour city. But it also will reduce our energy bill by nearly £1million every two years. A huge saving that we can pass onto the taxpayer.