At Cosmiqo, we develop technology that audits how bright the roads are by measuring the intensity of street lights. We do this by collecting quite a lot of data, wirelessly streaming it back to our cloud platform and processing this information through our analytics engine. We call this technology Litesense®.
The principal purpose of street lighting is to produce quick, accurate and comfortable visibility at night. These qualities of visibility may safeguard, facilitate and encourage vehicular and pedestrian traffic. When good visibility is provided through lighting, efficient night use can be made of the large investments in roadways and motor vehicles. Thus, the proper use of street lighting as an operative tool provides economic and social benefits to the public such as:
In order to drive a vehicle on a paved roadway with reasonable confidence, speed and safety, a driver must visually determine the following:
Darkness brings increased hazards to users of streets and highways because it reduces the distance they can see. The night time fatal accident rate on unlighted roadways is about three times the day time rate. This ratio can be reduced when proper fixed lighting is installed because these lighting systems reveal the environment beyond the range of the vehicle headlights and ameliorate glare from oncoming vehicles by increasing the eye’s adaptation level. Preventive measures such as lighting streets and highways is economically practical and can cost a community less than the accidents caused by inadequate visibility.