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Evolving smart city applications,

for better light and lower energy

Interconnected applications and open systems
unlock value for the citizens of Los Angeles

Philips Lighting and the City of Los Angeles are exploring new smart city applications that build on the CityTouch connected lighting system, which manages 110,000 street lights across the city. The ability to add new applications and data streams to the digital ecosystem demonstrates the power of open system.



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A responsive city for improved city services

Remco Muijs; Senior Research Scientist at Philips Lighting


Evolving smart city applications  

The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting and Philips Lighting have collaborated on a program that uses CityTouch connected street lighting management and connected sensors to obtain additional value from the public lighting system:


  • Lighting power grid monitoring for more reliable and responsive operations

  • Environmental noise monitoring for quieter streets and healthier citizens


The LA pilot projects demonstarte how a connected street lighting infrastructure and an open systems approach support evolving smart city applications.


connected lighting in Los Angeles

We really need
better information to help us design better cities"  

Dietmar Offenhuber,
Northeastern University


Shaping future cities: views from the experts

Using street lighting to advance smart city applications


The customer: Ed Ebrahimian

Director, Bureau of Street Lighting, Los Angeles

Lighting infrastructure as a conduit for data collection


The researcher, Dietmar Offenhuber

Assistant Professor of Art+Design and Public Policy, Northeastern University

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Helsinki pilots smart city parking

The smart parking pilot explores new applications for connected technology. This pilot builds on a connected lighting infrastructure by using sensors embedded in the light poles and cameras to monitor parking availability. Monitored data is sent to a central server and pushed to platforms that can be used by 3rd party applications and services. Continuous tracking helps identify available spaces and parking bottlenecks.

Jakarta embraces connected technology

Jakarta's recent lighting project, a significant milestone in the city's ongoing transformation into a smart city, involved upgrading nearly 90,000 street luminaires with energy efficient LED lights connected to a Philips CityTouch lighting management system. Completed in just seven months, this project represents the world’s fastest street lighting retrofit and remote management project undertaken to date.

Smart lightpoles,

Philips and Ericsson partnered to create Philips lightpole site slim – a smart, flexible lightpole that integrates broadband connectivity, advanced LED lighting and future expandability. It integrates seamlessly into the urban environment, without creating visual clutter.

First smart lightpoles were installed nearby Fira Barcelona

in cooperation with the municipality of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

San Francisco

In 2011, the non-profit arts organization, ILLUMINATE, collaborated with the California Department of Transportation, and artist Leo Villareal to create a stunning display of light on the San Francisco -Oakland Bay Bridge. Unveiled in 2013 and originally intended as a short-term installation, The Bay Lights became a global attraction. Before going live, it was dubbed by Hemispheres magazine as “the number one thing to see in the world during 2013.”


The Indonesian city has taken a major step towards reaching its smart city goals thanks to the recent installation of Philips CityTouch and upgraded LED lighting, resulting in increased energy savings and lowered operational costs.


Utilizing the CityTouch workflow app, which designed exclusively for lighting, officials of the city of Siegburg, Germany, are now able to efficiently streamline workflows, improve maintenance response times, and more.

Los Angeles


With more than half of its street lights already converted to LED, the city of Los Angeles connects 110,000 light points using Philips CityTouch and connector nodes with plug-and-play activation. With its new lighting management system, Los Angeles is a on its way to becoming a smart city.

Buenos Aires

"In addition to enabling energy savings, CityTouch provides our customers with unique, flexible, sustainable, and integrated lighting management solutions."

Gustavo Verna, CEO Philips Argentina

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