On the 6th and 7th of September Melbourne played host to the 4th Annual Smart Lighting Summit for 2016. This prestigious event was attended by industry leaders and delegates comprising lighting designers, engineers, consultants, manufacturers, suppliers and government officials. The wide range of international speakers and ample networking opportunities at this year’s Summit proved a major highlight of the event.
Bob Parks, Executive Director, Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA), Washington DC, addressed Summit delegates with a keynote presentation on smart urban lighting trends. Bringing a global perspective to the examination of smart cities, Mr Parks made the case for what Australian local governments could learn from smart street lighting solutions currently underway in US cities.
Alongside Ian Dryden, Team Leader of Industrial Design and Nancy Pierorazio, Senior Policy Officer City Safety, both from the City of Melbourne and Ruth Liston, Associate Lecturer, Criminology, RMIT University, Mr Parks took part in a lively panel discussion concerning lighting and safety perceptions. The panel brought their collective expertise to a conversation on the impact of lighting and environmental design on crime prevention and the role of lighting in ensuring safer and more vibrant night time scapes.
Delegates were invited to partake in an urban discovery walk as part of the Australian Smart Lighting Summit City Lights Tour. Melbourne’s award winning industrial designer, Mr Dryden, led delegates around Melbourne Docklands, uncovering the city’s key hidden treasures and unveiling Melbourne’s public lighting strategy as well as soaking in the sights of the city’s distinctive buildings and iconic public spaces.
A highpoint of the Summit included a keynote presentation from Rik van Stiphout, the City of Eindhoven’s Light and Culture Program Advisor, who shed light on international case studies and lighting trends in the Netherlands. Looking at the City of Eindhoven as a best practice living lab for intelligent lighting, Mr Stiphout briefed delegates on the city’s holistic lighting strategy. Discussing the cornerstones involved in creating a liveable city, Mr Stiphout also identified pathways for accelerating existing knowledge and rethinking the future of lighting.
Kaoru Mende, Principal Lighting Designer, Lighting Planners Associates, flew in from Japan on the 2nd day of the Summit to share with delegates his immense lighting design experience and his role in directing Singapore’s lighting master plan, considered one of the best nightscapes internationally, which saw the transformation of the city’s major lighting features.
“Lighting technology always develops and cities have to renovate their lighting ideas and techniques as they grow globally,” said Mr Mende.
Highlighting the differences in lighting planning and design between major cities around the world, Mr Mende said that, “Each city should have a unique lighting plan influenced by its local history, culture and architecture.”
2016 saw the introduction of the inaugural Delegates Choice Awards at the Annual Australian Smart Lighting Smart to recognise excellence in Australian lighting industry solutions and products among peers. Through democratic voting, delegates selected both the most innovative product or solution and a product in the best design category.
The Australian designed and manufactured Traffic Technologies’ Aldridge Lighting Systems AERO V-LED was chosen in the Best Design Award category. Exhibiting innovation in functionality and design, the winning product is already widely installed across Australia, with the state of Victoria housing 3000 fittings alone.
The Most Innovative Product award was granted to High Lux’s Solar LED bollard. The vandal-resistant and virtually indestructible LED bollard was deemed most innovative and technologically advanced, especially as it took into consideration multiple challenges and elements of lighting practice such as issues of energy, effectiveness, budget restraints, operation and maintenance.
The Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit proved a major success in 2016. The industry looks forward to convening again in a fifth edition of the Summit in September 2017.
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