Acuity Brands, Inc. through its subsidiary Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc., and Silver Spring Networks, Inc. have agreed to jointly develop an intelligent lighting platform for cities, utilities, and large campus operators. Acuity says that the intelligent lighting platform will allow utilities, cities, and large campus operators to upgrade their aging lighting infrastructure and establish a way to add smart city applications and services.
In the first step of the relationship, the two will jointly develop a networked street light control solution. The solution will integrate Silver Spring’s standards-based Gen5 IPv6 networking platform and Streetlight.Vision smart city management software with Acuity Controls’ DTL® DLL Elite™ intelligent photocontrols.
Silver Spring’s Streetlight.Vision smart city management software enables operators to monitor and control networked streetlights. Acuity points out that the U.S. has more than 45 million street and highway lights and there are nearly 300 million street lights worldwide. Acuity cites the ongoing trend to upgrade aging infrastructure to networked to efficient and long lasting LED street and area lighting.
Acuity contends that networking upgraded LED luminaires can lower costs by as much as 60 percent by helping reduce energy expenses and increasing operational efficiency. Intelligent street lights can also vary their brightness based on traffic, time of night, and inclement weather for improved road safety for both drivers and pedestrians.
“We anticipate that these solutions will enable our customers to leverage their smart lighting canopy to easily and cost-effectively deploy additional smart city applications over time,” said Audwin Cash, vice president of Acuity Controls.
“Like Acuity, we believe that the pace of innovation in networked lighting controls is increasing rapidly, and that combining Acuity’s deep industry knowledge and broad customer base with Silver Spring’s leading networking and smart city management platform will accelerate adoption and value,” said Brandon Davito, Vice President of Smart Cities and Lighting, Silver Spring Networks. “We look forward to being able to help utilities, cities and other operators around the world utilize their smart lighting networks as the linchpin for even more sophisticated smart city applications and services.”
Acuity’s DTL DLL Elite photocell, a long-life light sensor, will provide the foundation for the integrated Acuity and Silver Spring solution.