In South Asia, Pakistan's Sindh government has chosen LED lighting company Lighting Science, based in the US, as a founding partner for the country’s first smart city.
Lighting Science and AmeriGroup, a sustainable infrastructure development and manufacturing company in the UAE, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sindh government to provide a resilient system of infrastructure lighting and security throughout the seaport city of Karachi, capital of the Sindh province.
Under the government's US$200 million smart city plan, Lighting Science (LSG) will provide its FreeLED integrated solar LED lighting system along bridges, roads and other public venues. The transformation to energy-efficient lighting is part of the plan’s first US$20 million phase that also includes adding wireless Internet and CCTV cameras.
According to a statement, Lighting Science’s largest shareholder, Pegasus Capital Advisors, will assist the Florida-based company to raise funds to deploy LED street lighting, smart pole construction and system integration, as well as security monitoring.
Says Craig Cogut, founder and chairman of Pegasus Capital Advisors: "We believe the future prosperity of cities lies in embracing not only collaborative partnerships, but leveraging the benefits of connectivity and energy efficiency.
"The infrastructure that defines the ambiance and safety of a city must be resilient – distributed and energy efficient solutions, such as off-grid street lighting, are the wave of the future and we are excited to be bringing them to Pakistan."
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Lighting Science claims that its FreeLED integrated solar LED lighting system can save up to 50% more energy while using as much as 75% less material than standard lighting solutions.
Sindh Information Minister Shrajeel Inaam Memon said: “With the help of Lighting Science and its partners, we expect to transform Karachi into Pakistan’s first smart city.
“The combination of off-grid LED lighting and other security solutions will greatly improve the safety and wellbeing of the citizens of Karachi.”
Ed Bednarcik, CEO of Lighting Science added: "We are tackling the issue of modernising street lighting infrastructure at minimal cost head-on in Brazil, and now Pakistan.
"With so much of the global population now living in cities, municipalities will have to offer more welcoming atmospheres to attract residents, visitors and industry. In short, cities themselves will have to become brands."