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Are Smart Cities killing CMS?


The use of Central Management Systems (CMS), also known as remote monitoring, has been in the mainstream public sector for over a decade. Technology has played a leading role in the energy saving movement. But, with the emergence of ‘Smarter Cities’, could CMS as we know it, be changing?

CMS was sold on the promise of identifying outages and faults with HID lamps and ballasts, offering quick repairs and lower maintenance costs and to enable varied dimming and switching regimes, which could be changed via wireless connections.


Smart Cities: what role will CMS play?

CMS does offers an array of possibilities – from light on demand: dynamic lighting linked to traffic flow, to interfacing with weather forecasts - to light for conditions. And, of course, there’s the role it plays/has played in controlling energy use at specific times. Yet, the same functionality can and is being achieved without the use of CMS through other technologies - such as PIR sensors. Few also use full CMS functionality, such as dynamic lighting, as it’s deemed too much of a risk (better to air on the side of caution and meet the standards required). So, will the current (underutilised) CMS systems die, fade away or be replaced on a wholesale approach, as we advance towards Smarter Cities?