Philips CityTouch used in Cardiff as Company’s 1000th CityTouch Project

Philips Lighting reported that the company has delivered its 1,000th project employing its Philips CityTouch streetlight management system. Just five years after Philips Lighting launched its CityTouch streetlight management system, the company has supplied the products for its 1000th project. The system can work with street lighting from Philips and other lighting companies.

The milestone project involved the installation of more than 14,000 Philips connected LED streetlights in the City of Cardiff. The company says that the installation supports safety and security in Cardiff and will deliver massive energy savings and improve operational efficiencies.

The Philips CityTouch system remotely monitors and controls the network of LED-based streetlights in Cardiff. Furthermore, the company says that the CityTouch System offers a scalable digital infrastructure that can be readily upgraded to offer additional smart city services.

Philips Lighting and Cardiff City Council, along with consultancy firm Jacobs Ltd, surveyed public views about the city’s current street lighting to assess potential options before choosing the streetlights. The findings lead the Cardiff City Council to select warm white LED streetlights with a 3000K color temperature.

The research also involved consulting with people with visual and hearing impairment. Philips CityTouch also gives the council the ability to remotely change the level of light for partially-sighted citizens who may want brighter lighting near their home.

First Phase of Cardiff Project Complete

The installation of more than 14,000 Philips Luma LED street lights, the first stage of the Cardiff project, is close to completion.

City of Cardiff, UK implements Philips CityTouch

City of Cardiff, UK implements Philips CityTouch

Contractor Centregreat is performing the installation, and Philips Lighting points out that the installation will be completed in about half the time originally allocated by the Council. The installation wirelessly connects each light point to Philips CityTouch, which is used to control, monitor, and manage the entire lighting network.

The CityTouch system lets lighting managers dim or increase the brightness of street lights to satisfy the needs of the city at any given moment. For instance, brightness can be raised near busy crossings or to help emergency services. Philips Lighting also points out that CityTouch offers a lighting asset management capability.

A web browser-based interface features multiple screens and a map-based view of the city’s lighting assets and workflows. The CityTouch system enables monitoring of lighting network performance in near real time, the pin-point faults, and dispatching of maintenance crews to precise locations, thereby eliminating the need for night crews to drive around looking for faulty lights.

The Cardiff city council expects that switching to connected LED lighting will reduce electricity used for lighting by 60%.
The company estimates annual savings of over GBP 750,000 per year for the city. The city council expects that the efficiency improvement will help Cardiff become a one planet city by 2050 and will contribute to the UK’s goal to lower CO2 emissions by 34% by 2021.

Cardiff City Council Chose Philips Lighting Streetlights and CityTouch System

“We looked at a broad range of factors when selecting our new connected lighting system. Our top priorities were to ensure maximum benefit for our citizens and capitalize on potential cost and energy savings. Philips Lighting has given us an infrastructure that will grow with our needs and provide quality light to make our citizens feel safer. With continual monitoring, we can now respond instantly – such as increasing light levels at peak times outside schools and hospitals,” said Chris Jones, lead electrical officer at Cardiff City Council.

“Our connected street lighting will contribute to a safer environment for the citizens of Cardiff and will enable the city to achieve savings in energy and enjoy operational efficiencies. It provides a scalable and flexible digital infrastructure which gives the city options for the future, such as inputting data into smart city dashboards or adding sensors that could, for example, monitor noise or traffic,” said Jacques Letzelter, head of Public Lighting for Philips Lighting. “It’s fitting that Cardiff represents the 1,000th project to use our Philips CityTouch street lighting management system: a city and a technology shaping the future.”

Cardiff joins other successful installations in the UK including in Warrington, Trafford, Isle of Wight, Hounslow, Croydon and Lewisham. The CityTouch management system is also now in use in 37 countries with Cardiff joining cities such as Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Jakarta, Los Angeles and Toronto.