Philips offers post-earthquake outdoor lighting solution for Christchurch, New Zealand
- 28 June 2013
LONDON: Last month, 23 winning ‘solutions’ were announced -- companies praised for their unique answers to partner cities’ biggest low carbon challenges. One of these winning businesses is a low carbon LED lighting system by Philips, which will be used to enhance the city center of Christchurch in New Zealand.
Philips’ integrated lighting and control system was presented to Christchurch as a way to address the challenges brought about by the re-building of its city center after the devastating February 2011 earthquake. In particular, a key focus was needed on managing outdoor lighting that is flexible and scalable enough to fit the new construction plans.
Safer, cheaper, brighter
Philips’ wireless Starsense controls connected to its CityTouch lighting management system will ensure that outdoor spaces are properly lit at the right times to help prevent crime and allow people to relax after dark. The system can also help to limit road traffic accidents, as well as further enhance the city environment by reducing obtrusive night-sky light.
Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs at Philips Lighting, said: "At Philips, we believe in creating innovative outdoor solutions that beautify and inspire, while saving energy and making people feel safer and more comfortable at the same time."
By using Philips’ outdoor lighting solutions, Christchurch can reduce energy consumption, power costs and maintenance costs compared to traditional outdoor lighting. As the proposed system is scalable, it can also be matched to the re-build program for the central city, ensuring an efficient use of funds.
Philips has also proposed the use of architectural Color Kinetics LED lighting to illuminate features of new outdoor spaces and to allow public interaction through motion-activated feature lighting.
Both the New Plymouth and Kapiti Coast District Councils in New Zealand are trialing wireless Starsense and CityTouch systems, and there are also a number of overseas examples where Philips has installed successful Starsense and CityTouch lighting solutions for cities.
The contest, LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future, is run by Citymart.com in partnership with Oracle, the UN Global Compact Cities Programme, the City of San Francisco and The Climate Group, and brings cities together cities to present their biggest challenges. In response, solution providers then showcase their innovations in the hopes of being implemented as pilots in a specific city.
This year, leaders from 22 partner cities announced 23 winners at a three day summit in San Francisco, among them the Philips Lighting Control systems. Philips is a member of The Climate Group.
Jim Walker, Co-founder and International Programs and Strategy Director, The Climate Group, said of the contest: “The 23 winners will help build smarter, cleaner and more resilient urban communities. Having read 1000s of entries, we were very impressed to see how companies are offering such innovative, low carbon solutions. These solutions and many like them are fundamental to accelerating the world’s urban clean revolution.”