Today we had our first IBM workshop. I have been interested in the whole ‘Smarter Planet’ idea for a while now, and am keen to live in a smarter world which hopefully will come sometime in the future so I am looking forward to making the most out of this project. Only downside, I am terrible at Java and coding in general (just cant grasp it) so it is going to be a challenge indeed!
We have to come up with a idea to present to IBM in the first week after the xmas break. So my group have come up with the idea of intelligent street lights/lamp posts along roads to light up when cars and/or pedestrians are close by. This would be triggered by RFIDs on the cars/people so that when they pass under the lamp posts the RFID sensor will relay it to the lights to turn them on. Due to the varying speed (cars can go fast, people are slower…) different amounts of lamp posts would have to be turned on. So for cars for example 10 lamp posts would be turned on, then once it gets to the second to last lamp post the next 10 would be turned on. Then as it hits the second lamp post of the next set, the previous set of lamp posts would be turned off.
This will save a huge amount of electricity and thus more power for the grid in general. As if nothing is done to stop electricity wastage the whole country will have to become accustomed to power blackouts from 2016. Hence our focus on the light wastage on roads in the UK. Which made me think of this...
We will mockup a street with an RFID attached to a car/model of a person. And then have LEDs representing the lamp posts. But this is just the initial idea so I will post more soon. So we have a lot of work ahead of us. But the outcome should be worth it!