German multinational software corporation SAP and electronics equipment manufacturer Koninklijke Philips have partnered to assist urban planners provide more cost-effective smart city services.

The collaboration set to help SAP in expanding its reach in Latin America,centres around a project in Buenos Aires, where Philips is currently integrating its CityTouch with some 91,000 streetlights.

CityTouch is Philips’ outdoor lighting software platform - through which data is collected from sensors in from different applications including street lighting, parking and traffic controls.

The data is then “assimilated” on a singular dashboard and where it can be examined by urban planners for improved operational results.

The solution brings together the capabilities of SAP HANA, SAP's proprietary cloud platform and Philips' CityTouch street lighting management system, to create a comprehensive information network.

Collaborating to improve efficiencies

The Buenos Aires project uses the SAP HANA platform to manage 700,000 assets including streetlights, parks, bus stops, buildings and bridges, to help minimize the impact of storm & heavy rainfall.

The network is also purposed to reduce energy consumption by adjusting lighting intensity.
The software corporation (SAP) believes that cities increasingly show potential for real-time and predictive analytics – with more and more cities employing smart services related to lighting, sustainability and efficiency.

Following the implementation of SAP HANA, Buenos Aires has been able to realise several benefits including increasing operational efficiencies and achieving energy savings of over 50% as well as safety to some 13 million residents.

Commenting on the development, Sean Patrick O'Brien, global lead at SAP Future Cities, “SAP is pleased to work with Philips to make Buenos Aires, Latin America's pioneer in becoming a leading digital city, where real-time analytics and prediction drive better city services in areas such as lighting, sustainability and efficiency.

Bill Bien, SVP, head of strategy and marketing at Philips Lighting, added: "As less than 1 percent of the world's streetlights are connected, we have a tremendous opportunity to help cities follow Buenos Aires' lead and join the other 30 countries worldwide who have implemented Philips' CityTouch.”