Coming soon: iPad-wielding streetlight engineers in London

Coming soon: iPad-wielding streetlight engineers in LondonOkay, it’s not quite hover cars, teleportation or time travel, but we’ve another sign of very slowly moving towards a sexy sci-fi future.

Westminster Council is set to replace all 14,000 of its streetlights with shiny new “smart” lights. Excited? Not nearly excited enough.

What makes the streetlights “smart”? Well, they’ll automatically be able to notify the council if they’re in need of servicing or repair.

And why the fug am I writing about streetlights on Mobot? Because Westminster Council engineers will be armed with iPads, with which they can monitor lights in need attention, and – better still – control their brightness.

The smart streetlight scheme will initially cost £3.25 million, but will ultimately save the taxpayer £420,000 a year.

"This provides people in Westminster with the light they require to feel secure and continue to function safely in a 24-hour city," beamed councillor Ed Argar.

“It also will reduce our energy bill by nearly £1 million every two years- a huge saving that we can pass on to the taxpayer.”

When I grow up, I want to be a Westminster Council streetlight engineer.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 6, 2012 at 19:07

A couple of months ago I was shown a bunch of mugshots by Irish coppers... using an iPad. The cops; not the mugshotees.
Also: every Irish MP got an iPad not long ago. I assume they've all been swapped for coke or mortgage repayment loans by now. Thank you, taxpayers.

forever5789  Nov. 6, 2012 at 20:02

I find it quite odd to buy a tablet for just one function.

Pondlife  Nov. 6, 2012 at 21:08

Also: every Irish MP got an iPad not long ago. I assume they've all been swapped for coke or mortgage repayment loans by now. Thank you, taxpayers.

Or left on trains/planes with sensitive info on them, or is that just uk style. Mind you almost sounds like you acquired them from them :)

Pondlife  Nov. 6, 2012 at 21:28

I find it quite odd to buy a tablet for just one function.

Doubt they'll end up being used for just one.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 6, 2012 at 21:29

Any sign of matt?

Pondlife  Nov. 6, 2012 at 21:50

Not since he said about the n10 processor being faster than n7 in everything earlier

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 7, 2012 at 02:57

Any sign of matt?
What d'ya want :)?

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 7, 2012 at 06:58

nothing :p

Dougal1709  Nov. 7, 2012 at 08:57

Well if you're going to use a tablet for council business, why not buy the most expensive brand in existence. It's not their money after all.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 7, 2012 at 09:19

They are not saying what model... Plenty of tabs are more expensive than a 16GB wifi only iPad.

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