The view from above to help conserve energy

Posted on Jul 24 2014 - 9:55am by Sustainable News

Aerial survey specialist Bluesky is conducting trials of the world’s first integrated night mapping system, which could be used to manage street lighting operations and help combat light pollution and energy wastage.

The Night Mapper system developed in partnership with the University of Leicester comprises a camera adapted to cope with the low light levels and temperatures; Bluesky’s LiDAR (Light Imaging Detection and Ranging) system, which uses aircraft-mounted lasers to determine the distance between the sensor and the ground; and a thermal infra-red imaging system.

The Night Mapper system developed in partnership with the University of Leicester


The Night Mapper system developed in partnership with the University of Leicester

Bluesky says the images could help in the creation of street lighting inventories and condition assessments and the measurement of illumination for energy consumption evaluations or to support innovative projects to dim or switch off street lights in an effort to save money.

They could also be used by Local Authorities in planning environmental zones for exterior lighting control and by conservation bodies to validate whether species protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act are being impacted by light pollution.

www.bluesky-world.com

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