We've entered an era where lighting is so much more than illumination? If they're talking about spying on an entire population, then I guess their right. What are the potential benefits to residents? Fear and control are two things that come to mind, more on that below.
GE's streetlights are designed to spy on the environment (public)
Think about what's happening, Streetlights are being designed to spy on our conversations, parking lots, traffic and phones!
GE lighting and ShotSpotter are creating massive databases on everyone
The above video, reveals what's really behind SST. At approximately 1:00, their CEO boasts about accumulating data at a MASSIVE rate and MASSIVELY deploying surveillance microphones across entire cities.
Streetlights combined with surveillance are designed to be cost affordable
What they're really saying is, by combining streetlights with surveillance, cities and towns will save money. This is a nationwide issue, that's getting worse. DHS and the Department of Justice hand out grant money to private companies, that are turning cities and towns into massive surveillance hubs.