Street Lighting On Demand

Chris Sheldrake

Our annual subscription to TIME Magazine brought this to our attention when we were catching up on the weekly issues we missed whilst we were away.

Seriously, just how cool is it when you can turn your street lights on by using your mobile phone….

Every night at 11 p.m. the village of Dörentrup in central Germany is thrown into total darkness. For the past few years, the village’s cash-strapped local council has been switching off all the streetlights in the village each evening until 6 a.m. the following morning. In most places, a nightly blackout would provoke outrage as residents find themselves fumbling and stumbling their way home through the dark. But in Dörentrup, they have seen the light, with a new scheme that allows residents to turn on streetlights on demand — anytime, anywhere — using just their cell phones….

Great environmental savings too. If you read German take a look at or in English

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