Philips’ Mobile and Cloud-Based Technologies Control Los Angeles Street Lights

Royal Philips reported that the city of Los Angeles (LA) will become the first city in the world to control its street lighting through Philips’ advanced management system that employs cloud-based and mobile technologies. The new technology makes LA’s Bureau of Street Lighting a pioneer in LED street lighting with the adoption of a new energy-saving and maintenance-reducing solution that provides quality lighting and philips has said makes streets safer for LA residents. The technology supports Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative, to revitalize neighborhoods through the making streets more pedestrian-friendly.

The smart lighting is only one aspect of the smart city innovations that the city has long pioneered. New web-based technologies will help city administrators better manage city services such as street lighting.  Using Philips City Touch connected lighting management system the LA Bureau of Street Lighting can remotely control lighting fixtures (that do not have to be made by Philips), as well as monitor the status and energy use of each light.

The system employs mobile chip technology embedded into each fixture that allows the each streetlight to identify itself and network instantly. According to Philips, this smart plug and play approach both reduces the cost of programming each fixture, it also reduces the time it takes to commission new lights from days to minutes and eliminates on-site commissioning completely. Furthermore, any web browser can securely control and manage the entire system.

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“LA has more LED street lights than any other city in America, with about 7,500 centerline miles,” said Ed Ebrahimian, director of the Bureau of Street Lighting for the City of Los Angeles. “This required a solution that would allow us to remotely control street lights and accurately report how much energy each light is consuming, while also being easy to install and flexible enough to adapt to broader Smart City plans. We piloted several solutions over the last year and decided to implement CityTouch as it required no further investment or intervention in our infrastructure.”

While CityTouch is already in use in 31 countries, Philips points out that LA solution is the first in the world which uses Philips CityTouch connector node to connect directly to each light point. The connector node boasts the ability to connect street lights from any manufacturer including LEDs and legacy systems.

According to Philips, making the street lights into connected light points in the system results in longer lifetimes for both legacy and LED-based street lights. Map-based visualization with diagrams and charts enables CityTouch to deliver a clear picture of the entire city’s lighting system to the city’s Bureau of Street Lighting. The management system also reportedly results in increased uptime, and Philips contends that the streets are not only well-lit, but also safer.

“Philips CityTouch supports Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets program by taking the management of LED street lighting to the next level, increasing safety through uptime, ensuring better visibility and providing the capability to further adapt lighting to the needs of a particular neighborhood,” said Amy Huntington, president of Philips Lighting Americas. “Not only does better lighting management support the city’s energy efficiency initiatives, but it has a beneficial effect on the streetscape, contributing to more vibrant and engaged communities.”