Mobile phones to switch off street lights in German energy saving initiative

A German village has embarked on a new energy saving programme that will see residents use their mobile phones as remote devices for controlling how street lights are used.

This has been reported by the Guardian, citing an article in the Suddeutsche Zeitung, which has stated that residents of Dorentrup, which is 60 miles from Hanover, will use their phones in the Dial4Light scheme to switch the lights on or off.

Following a successful year-long trial of the scheme, which involves entering the code number displayed on a lamp post on a phone call to Dial4Light, the scheme is to be rolled out to the entire settlement.

The town's mayor Friedrich Ehlert told the Suddeutsche Zeitung that as well as adopting the scheme for financial reasons, the town wants to help protect the environment and reduce its carbon footprint.

Dial4Light emerged as a result of a resident's idea to have on-demand street lighting after the town decided to start switching the lights off at night to save money.ADNFCR-2541-ID-19233170-ADNFCR

Thursday 2nd July 2009

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