New LED street lights to spy on Jacksonville FL

New LED street lights to spy on Jacksonville FL
LED streetlights in Hangzhou, China, where we can have no doubt they are spying on the citizens. (Image via Globri)

Through a pilot program with GE Lighting, JEA and the city, Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods will be outfitted with about 50 data-collecting LED streetlights, as part of the GE Intelligent City Initiative, announced Thursday morning.

As the first city on the East Coast to have this technology — and the second in the world, behind San Diego — the move is an opportunity for Jacksonville to become a cutting-edge city, said Mayor Alvin Brown. …

The lights — which will come at no cost to taxpayers during the pilot program — will be interconnected with one another and will collect real-time data, as seen in a presentation by GE.

Not only will the LED lights be more cost-efficient, they will also connect lighting infrastructure to the Internet. GE’s Predix software will then analyze the data so the city can use it. …

As for that data, who it belongs to and who does what with it is still a bit of a question. Calling itself the “tech enabler,” GE Lighting said what is done with the data is up to the city, and the city can choose what data to collect.

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