The EnGoPlanet team has set up four "Smart Street Lights" on the Las Vegas Strip. The lights are powered by solar and kinetic energy. Photovoltaic panels and footstep pads not only turn the lights on but also activate security cameras and portable charging stations. The pole has two USB-ports, so people can hook their cells up. Based upon the promo pictures, luggage locker is not provided. You will have to stand by and watch your device. If you have the second device, you can connect it to the Wi-Fi hotspot and make the wait shorter.
The system uses curved photo-voltaic panels to charge a battery, which powers the energy-saving LED street lamps at night. In those days when the sun hides behind the clouds, the kinetic pads installed in the walkways come into effect. They are connected to three micro-generators, and depending on the step pressure, can produce from 4 to 8 watts of power.
Four lamps are provided with a set of sensors. They collect detailed information on things, which usually go unnoticed. EnGoPlanet's promotional video contains some additional features: monitoring of the environment, air quality monitoring, CCTV monitoring and "smart analytics". In addition, the color of LED lighting can be changed depending on the season or in anticipation of holidays.
An ecological compatibility of the technology can be considered as the undeniable advantage. According to EnGoPlanet, municipal corporations of the whole world spend about $ 40 billion on the electric power supply of the streetlights. In the process of electrical power generation, annually, 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide is produced only for these needs.
The company states that the technology will allow reducing the costs and the amount of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. At the same time, according to company calculations, 1.4 billion people have no access to the common lighting. In some developing countries, electricity is very expensive. EnGoPlanet believes that in such cases "smart" lights could become an excellent alternative. The only downside is in the fact that when the usual streetlights will be changed to the energy-saving analogs, people will be everywhere under the observation of the private company.
EnGoPlanet CEO Petar Mirovic says that he is not satisfied with what has already been achieved. In addition to Las Vegas, he's going to implement large-scale projects in such cities as New York. "We believe that this can be a good substitution or alternative to traditional street lights" - he says.