Smart streetlighting for African villages
Encreased safety with smart street lighting
Lack of lighting in public areas in developing countries causes a number of problems. This includes significant uncertainty associated with moving around after dark. There is the danger of being assaulted, and cars and other vehicles that cannot see pedestrians and as a result of this, frequent accidents.
Lighting will thus increase safety, but it will also include the opportunity of social activities and life in the cities after dark, which can help keep young people in the area, who otherwise often travel to larger cities.
Countless villages have no electricity to run street lighting, and if they do, streetlamps are usually so expensive, that they are only set up in limited numbers and are not maintained. In addition, they are often subject to theft or vandalism, with local residents wiring their own wires and utilizing the electricity.
It is therefore necessary to develop a streetlamp that is autonomous, maintenance-free, inexpensive and theft proof.
Despite the challenges, the need is clear, and that is why People’s Portable Power and their partners are developing street lighting that match the demands.
This is a PIVØ-project (Partnershipdriven innovation for emerging markets in East Africa”), supported by The European Regional Development Fund.
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