Oct 3, 2016: Plainville, a town located in Connecticut, USA, has installed hundreds of LED streetlights, featuring advanced connectivity technology. About 1,400 new LED streetlights have been installed, out of which some will act as Wi-Fi hub.
With such energy efficient installation, Plainville has become the first in Connecticut to provide a Wi-Fi signal from its streetlights. Free Wi-Fi through the LED streetlights will be a good thing for businesses and residents who probably can’t afford their own paid Internet service.
Around US$360,000 was invested on installing the LED streetlights. The energy efficient installation will result in electricity savings of almost US$70,000 per year. The city officials also expect some additional savings from the reduced requirement for maintenance and renovation.
Around 123 new LED streetlights will provide Wi-Fi out of which 25 will act as Wi-Fi access points. The remaining 98 will expand the Wi-Fi signal and offer coverage across the town. The access points will grasp the 10mbps Wi-Fi signal transmitted from the municipal building.
Standard Wi-Fi uses radio waves to connect from an Internet router to a wireless router in our computers or mobile devices. Researchers had found a way to transmit wireless data in light waves from LED lights, which is much faster and more reliable than radio wave Wi-Fi.In this system, the light waves carry data at 300 megabits per second speed from LED fixtures to wireless devices.
Here the data is transmitted faster with light waves without using any extra energy than is already required to run the lights. LED headlights in a car can also be used to connect your vehicle to Wi-Fi connectivity.