New LED street lights to spy on Jacksonville FL

New LED street lights to spy on Jacksonville FL

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. …

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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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