British telecommunications company Vodafone has signed an agreement with Phillips Lighting to collaborate on smart street lighting systems.The two companies will work together to create smart city lighting that will allow city authorities to implement wirelessly connected devices, that save energy and takes the effort out of maintenance of street light networks.
Philips Lighting will combine its CityTouch street lighting management system, with Vodafone’s machine-to-machine (M2M) network. The companies said that every lamp will have a Vodafone M2M SIM card. Authorities can then monitor the SIM card to check performance and identify any faults.
Vodafone M2M director, Erik Brenneis, said: “Lighting plays a key role in the smart city. Our agreement with Philips will see this technology transforming cities across the world backed by Vodafone’s world-leading innovation, technologies and networks.”
Bill Bien, SVP, Head of Strategy and Marketing, at Philips Lighting added: “Just less than 12% of the world’s street lights are LED and less than 2% are connected. We are at the start of a new era which will see highly energy efficient connected street lighting become the backbone of most smart cities. Robust, reliable wireless connectivity will help make this happen, linking streetlights with sensors, devices and management systems.”
Smart lighting goes mainstream
[quote] In other smart lighting news, US conglomerate General Electric (GE) and networking giant Cisco are betting on smart lighting applications going mainstream, says GreenBiz.
GE has opened a new division that received a contract to install smart LED lighting across every single one of banking giant JPMorgan Chase’s 5,000 US branch offices.
The smart LED lighting is expected to cut the bank’s energy consumption in half.
Jesse Foote, analyst at Navigant Research said: "The falling costs of including controls in lighting projects has made the decision to implement these systems much easier.
"From dimming ballasts to controls software, as well as the prices of LEDs themselves, all of the key components in networked lightings controls systems are becoming less expensive."
Cisco also heads up the “Digital Ceiling” initiative which combines different building networks such as light, air, physical security, and more onto a single IP network.
The California-based company is partnering with several other companies that offer technologies related to smart lighting solutions.
Tony Shakib, vice president of the Cisco Internet of Things division said: "People are moving to LED anyway. Why not move them to [Internet Protocol] networks?
"This starts with use creating a secure, distributed, standards-based architecture to deliver building intelligence."