Philips and Ericsson collaborate on smart street lights for better, safer cities
- 03 March 2014
LONDON: Lighting and technology leaders Philips and Ericsson have joined forces to provide burgeoning cities with better mobile broadband connectivity and brighter streets, through smart street lighting.
Philips has co-created a new 'connected' street light pole which is designed to cleverly house Ericsson’s and partners' cutting edge telecoms equipment inside it.
The innovative collaboration will solve the dual city issues of better public lighting and network performance in densely populated areas.
Around the world, urban populations are growing by 7,500 people per hour, and mobile data traffic is expected to grow ten times by 2019, according to Philips.
This parallel growth in urban areas amplifies the need for more efficient street lighting to improve safety, and enhanced mobile coverage in cities to improve connectivity, which the new lights provide.
Also, because the new street lighting model accelerates payback time for city infrastructure by making up-front costs of installing and managing the systems more affordable, it gives city officials an innovative way to afford next generation energy efficient LED lighting and meet their individual city sustainability goals.
The energy and cost saving potential of installing LED street lights has already been proven in many cities. Philips' LED street lighting can generate energy savings of 50-70% with savings reaching 80% when coupled with smart controls, according to a study conducted by The Climate Group in 12 of the world’s largest cities.
Our study also revealed that citizens prefer the white light of LED lighting as it felt safer and improved visibility, when compared to the orange light of traditional street lights.
Frans van Houten, President and CEO of Philips, said: “This new connected LED street lighting model is another example of us bringing the Internet of Things to life and demonstrates the capabilities of light beyond illumination. We are offering lighting as a service that scales with a city’s needs and enables city officials to offer their citizens a more connected, energy efficient and safer urban environment, while preserving existing budgets and resources to improve the livability of their city.”