Everything is Illuminated: Intellistreets Evolves the Humble Light Bulb
If you want proof that new and old technologies can coexist in harmony, look no further than the historic streetscapes of Greenfield Village. There you’ll find paths illuminated by LED (light-emitting diode) lamps atop replicas of vintage light posts made from recycled Ford engine blocks.
Music Man Ron Harwood’s Illuminating Concepts
Ron Harwood has the lighting controls to London’s new Wembley Stadium, England’s national football shrine, sitting on the desk in his office.
His office is in Farmington Hills.
Through the brilliance of MediamorFX, his trademarked, Web-based lighting and special-effects program adapted for use by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Harwood and his homegrown company, Illuminating Concepts, can maintain a watchful eye on some of the world’s most recognizable locations. Celebrating its 30th anniversary next year, Illuminating Concepts (IC) specializes in “immersion experiences” as lighting designer for Walt Disney World in Orlando, the China National Film Museum in Beijing, Godiva and Niketown retail chains, locally for Comerica Park, the Fox Theatre, and Greenfield Village, and most recently for Las Vegas’ spectacular $9-billion MGM City Center, the largest single private development in American history.
Morning Security Brief: Intellistreets Debuts, Captcha Problems, Mine Disaster Security Chief Found Guilty, and More
On Friday, the controversial new intelligent street light created by Intellistreets made its debut on a stretch of road in Detroit. The system was created to make “smart,” energy-saving streetlights. The lights, also equipped with wireless transmitters, can be programmed by authorities to show messages or alerts, directions, or even display advertisements through digital signage on the poles. The poles also include proximity sensors and a people counter. “The Intellistreets concept has drawn online criticism from civil liberties and religious Web sites, where posters fear it will be used to track citizens,” CBS news reports. In response to negative reactions from blogs last week, Intellistreets released a statement saying the Intellistreets system is designed to “simply make our streets safer, more energy efficient and smarter, while being informative and entertaining.” In the same statement, the company also said DHS has showed interest in the technology.
4 Cities Using Tech to Alleviate Traffic
Intellistreets – a wireless network of dimmable, programmable and “smart” LED streetlighting that offers energy conservation, safety and traffic direction – has recently been installed in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
IntelliStreets: Digital Scaffolding for ‘Smart’ Cities
I’ll admit it: streetlamps have had a hold on my imagination since I was a little boy, visiting my grandmother in Baltimore. Coming from the suburbs, where there were only occasional streetlamps tacked on to utility poles, streetlamps were an elegant aspect of urban life to me.
Now I’ve fallen in love with streetlamps all over again, because of the IntelliStreets version of the venerable urban fixture. homeland security, energy conservation, the Internet of Things, and “smart cities” rolled into one, Intellistreets hits all of my hot button issues!
I think this new streetlamp-on-steroids may not only be very important in its own right, but also as a precursor to a wide range of Internet-enabled devices that meet multiple needs because they are “smart” and networked.
Intellistreets goes live in Farmington Hills
A stretch of 10 Mile Road just east of Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills has officially become a test bed for a new brand of intelligent street lamp.
The Intellistreets system from Farmington Hills-based lighting contractor Illuminating Concepts places energy-efficient, wirelessly controlled LED lighting atop metal poles.
Streetlights Can Do that? An Entrepreneur Creates Smarter Cities
What do music, the iPhone and Hurricane Katrina have to do with streetlights? If you are Ron Harwood, everything. Ron is the inventor of Intellistreets, an LED street light system that goes way beyond simply lighting our streets.
Ron Harwood is the inventor of Intellistreets, a system of connected technologies installed within city street light posts to form an intelligent wireless network for services, safety, and entertainment (streetlights as part of the Internet of Things)