Coronavirus ‘Light It Blue’ Campaign Gives Thanks To Essential Workers

Hundreds of businesses and venues nationwide express gratitude to the front liners

Last Thursday was the #Light It Blue campaign as communities across the country, and even the world, spotlighted historic buildings, major sports stadiums and event venues, national landmarks and even Niagara Falls in blue lighting as a show of gratitude for health care professionals, first responders and essential workers caring for people on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The #LightItBlue and #MakeItBlue movement began in the United Kingdom as major landmarks were lighted throughout the country in salute to health care providers. When introduced in the United States, support for the concept was impressive. The NFL joined the party. Mayors jumped on board. Major corporations lighted their headquarters.

Estimates are that more than 100 sites in New York City, home to the highest numbers of the coronavirus patients, and more than 400 other sites across America turned on the lights at 8 pm local time last Thursday. This age of LED lighting made the effort all the more dramatic.

“We hope it just creates this giant hug for all the health care workers and essential workers,” Michael Fiur, one of the Light It Blue campaign’s organizers and an internationally renowned entertainment producer, told CBS New York.

To name just a few prominent spots which embraced the group hug, let’s salute Arlington’s Globe Life Field, new home of the Texas Rangers whenever Major League Baseball resumes in its regular stadiums; Houston’s City Hall and all its major sports stadiums; Dallas’ Reunion Tower and Omni Hotel. And those are just some of the stunning shots corralled from Instagram.

Take a closer look at this new wave of blue, a symbol of heartfelt appreciation and thanks, that extended across the country to include Seattle’s Space Needle, Walt Disney World, Niagara Falls and more:

Smart Street Lighting as Fundamental Infrastructure for Future Smart City Applications

In its latest blog post, Osram addressed the significance of smart street lighting for future cities, noting that the digital transformation of city services is critical and will rely on connected city infrastructure.

The United Nations foresees that by 2050, 68% of the world population will live in urban areas. For enhanced safety, operational efficiency and sustainability, this growing and concentrated population need to be supported by integrated system and services. Smart street lighting thus serves as a primary smart city installation to simultaneously create the underline infrastructure for future applications.

Osram noted that smart street lighting is an ideal starting point for rolling out smart city applications because energy savings and operational efficiencies are significant and immediate. Smart street lighting offers up to 50% energy savings and 20% operational savings according to Itron, the US-based utility and energy managing expert.

Smart street lights nowadays not only illuminate roadways but also become strategic assets with integrated sensing technologies. Smart street lights can track the energy usage of each street light on the network and automate light levels based on activity in the area. It can also track environmental conditions such as CO2 levels, monitor traffic flow, identify collisions and other safety concerns.

As a result, smart street lighting can supports sustainability by saving power use. It also improves public safety with automated lighting adjustments that brighten or dim lights according to natural conditions or population in the area that improve visibility for pedestrians and cyclists and helps reduce accidents and crime. In addition, it gather data gathered on accidents to identify what intersections are the most dangerous and need redesign. Applications that monitor temperature, humidity and air quality can be integrated into the system as well. Gas leaks, earthquakes, gun shots, and other dangerous situations can be identified quickly to improve public safety response times.

Benefits of smart street lighting also include operational efficiency enhancement by automating management and delivering more precise outage information. Through the reducing the need for truck rolls and mobile crews, networked street lighting can increase operational savings.

Finally, since utility companies offer rebates for energy reduction but require data to validate energy savings, smart street light applications can provide the data needed for rebates and incentives from utility companies resulting in potential additional savings to taxpayers.

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