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    Blazing the trail for connected
    street lighting

    Over 100,000 street lights remotely managed to create a more vibrant, livable city


    With more than half of its street lights already converted to LED, the city of Los Angeles connects more than 100,000 light points using Philips CityTouch and connector nodes with plug-and-play activation. Los Angeles is blazing the trail for cities around the world who want to make their municipal lighting operations more efficient and their streets more welcoming.

    Increased sense of security infographic
    Source: Municipal Street Lighting Consortium, City of L.A. (2012)


    Ed Ebrahimian, Director of the Bureau of Street Lighting, is responsible for deploying new street lighting technology for the city. After piloting systems from several different manufacturers, Ebrahimian selected Philips CityTouch. The project is an exceptional example of plug-and-play activation and the nodes work well with any luminaire vendor – assuring that the solution will work now and well into the future. The benefits of the CityTouch system and connector nodes have been unparalleled, including automatic commissioning and locating through GPS signals integrated in the nodes.

    Street lights play a major role for people at night, whether they're walking their dog, driving, conducting business or visiting a restaurant. Good lighting makes people feel a lot safer, so it has become a very important aspect of the city's infrastructure.

    Ed Ebrahimian,

    Director of Street Lighting, City of Los Angeles

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    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.

    Evolving applications,
    Los Angeles

    "There is a lot more that can be achieved using the street lighting infrastructure, in addition to providing lighting for the citizens.” Ed Ebrahimian, Director, Bureau of Street Lighting, City of Los Angeles.

    Philips Lighting created a pilot program that uses an open systems approach to leverage the city’s connected street lighting infrastructure:

    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.

    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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