Los Angeles first city to install SmartPole street lighting technology developed by Philips and Ericsson

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12 November 2015

NEW YORK: The city of Los Angeles will soon become the first city in the world to deploy 100 Philips SmartPoles.

The new SmartPoles connect LED street lighting with fully integrated 4G LTE wireless telecommunications technology developed by Ericsson. The upgrade will enable wireless connectivity for street lighting as well as improve data broadband coverage in dense urban areas.

Los Angeles has long been a pioneer of LED street lighting. Over the past years the municipality has replaced over 160,000 light fixtures and is reporting 63.6% savings on its energy bills, equivalent to US$8.8 million and avoiding 47,583 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.


Image: One of the new Philips SmartPoles installed in the city of Los Angeles, courtesy of Philips

The project builds onto an existing collaboration between the city of L.A. and Philips Lighting, in which the city was the first in North America to monitor and control its street lighting through the Philips Centralized Management System (CMS). The technology uses mobile and cloud-based technologies to monitor performance for LED lighting, which allows the city to further slash its energy bill as well as reduce maintenance costs.

The upgrade of the LED system will go a long way in promoting the use of energy efficient technologies to reduce carbon emissions in cities, a key aim of the partnership between The Climate Group and Philips.

As Ben Ferrari, Director of Partnership at The Climate Group explains: “It is inspiring to see Los Angeles committing to this project and utilizing the deployment of connected LED technology to provide the added benefit of wireless in busy areas. By demonstrating the economic, environmental and social benefits that these smart LED street lights deliver, L.A. will encourage other pioneering cities to do the same - investing in safer, brighter, smarter streets.”

The Climate Group has long recognized the staggering potential for energy savings that LED street lighting can provide. In 2025 there will be an estimated 350 million of street lights around the world, as well as many other outdoor lighting fixtures. With each unit having the potential for up to 50-70% energy savings, the global opportunity for energy savings through the low carbon technology is an attractive option for city managers.

To help accelerate global roll out of energy efficient street lighting, at Climate Week NYC The Climate Group called for every city and utility around the world to seek to switch to LED lights (or as energy efficient) by 2025 with the launch of a new campaign ‘LED=Lower Emissions Delivered’ which will involve actions and interventions to drive adoption at scale and support cities to achieve the 2025 target.  

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By Gabriella Romano

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