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8 December 2015

Philips teams with San Jose on smart lighting

Dutch technology company Philips is providing the US city of San Jose with SmartPoles as part of a pilot for improved energy efficiency and citizen safety.

The city will trial 50 SmartPoles, which feature a specialised two-way communicating meter from utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

The smart public lighting network will also be used to drive expanded wireless broadband coverage throughout the city, while providing more than 50% in energy savings, according to a statement by Philips.

The smart lighting pilot was initiated out of San Jose’s Demonstration Partnership Policy, created to support the City’s Economic Development Strategy and City operations.

San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo said: “The SmartPole initiative provides the City of San Jose with a unique win-win-win: more energy conservation, reduced expenditures on energy and maintenance, implementation of LED lighting on dark city streets, and an enhanced broadband experience for our residents.”

Smart, safe lighting network

The smart lighting pilot is also aimed to form the basis of the city’s smart transformation to save energy, improve safety and respond to the needs of its residents.

The project is aligned with San Jose’s Vision Zero, an initiative toward achieving zero traffic deaths and providing what it terms as "a safe environment for its citizens".

The smart meters provided by PG&E, which form part of the smart lighting network, will measure the amount of electricity used by the network and transmit the data directly back to the utility.

The meters are purposed to de-clutter dense urban areas, and eliminate the need for standalone pedestal meters – usually installed next to equipment that uses electricity.

Amy Huntington, president of Philips Lighting Americas, said: “Mayor Liccardo understands that connected lighting systems like this which leverage energy saving LED lights along with more efficient broadband access will benefit the community.

"We are also seeing the potential for street lights to become wireless digital hubs that will offer a full suite of digital services that will benefit the city and citizens.”

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