Milan's "smart street" lit up

Mayor Giuliano Pisapia pressed the button on Thursday to light up Italy’s first “smart street”, Via della Spiga, fitted with the latest in technological advances.
 
From the low-consumption, innovative LED street lights to the free ultra-broadband wi-fi, from the recharging points for electric cars to the SOS call-boxes and multimedia touch-screen info columns, the elegant street in the heart of the city’s fashion zone has become a test-bed for innovative solutions.
 
The street lighting adjusts to the level of natural daylight to bring a saving of 70 per cent in costs.  Once this is extended to the whole city, said Pisapia, the result would be a saving of €9 million (as well as a 18 tons of CO2) per year.
 
The inauguration was part of the “Fuorisalone” series of events organised in parallel to the annual Salone del Mobile furniture fair.  The project was organised by the local tradesmen’s association with the patronage of the city administration, and the support of companies like Renault Italia, Fastweb, the Cariboni Group, Samsung, Umpi, the IMQ Institute of Quality Marques and Blachere Italia.
 
Renault celebrated the occasion by introducing its 100 per cent electric urban crosser “Twizy”, a compact and agile two-seater designed for city streets, shopping and easy parking, and with accoustic and pollution emissions close to zero.
 
Councillor Franco D’Alfonso told reporters that city hall was proud to sponsor Italy’s first smart street.  “It will let us reach levels of energy saving never schieved before, and it’s a start to making our city a model for energy efficiency in view of Expo 2015, as well as providing new smart applications for residents and visitors.”

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