New technology and IoT functionality aims to help improve public safety and support a range of city services for residents
Global lighting leader, Philips Lighting, is helping the City of Los Angeles to embark on a new pilot project to expand its smart city capabilities.
By leveraging the ubiquity and scale of the city’s existing connected street lighting infrastructure, Philips Lighting is deploying new technology and Internet of Things (IoT) functionality which is designed to help improve public safety and support city services for residents, visitors and local businesses.
This includes sensors mounted on the street poles and software that acquire data, analyse the information, and share insights for more transparent city operations and drive new programmes with relevant partners.
As an example, new acoustic sensing and environmental noise monitoring sensors can be used to increase emergency response time and support earlier patient intervention by detecting the sound of a motor vehicle collision and provide timely information directly to the city’s communications dispatch system for police, fire and EMS.
Los Angeles currently has more than 200,000 street lights throughout the city including roads, highways, tunnels, and walkways, which provide services to benefit citizens.
“Los Angeles’s lighting infrastructure is among the largest in the world and one of our city’s most valuable assets,” said Ed Ebrahimian, director of the Bureau of Street Lighting for the City of Los Angeles. “It is a reliable, omnipresent fixture in the public spaces where people live, work, travel, shop, dine and interact,”
“If we imagine that every light pole can collect all kinds of data points about the city environment and its uses, there is so much more value that street lighting can afford to our citizens in addition to providing illumination.”
Last year, the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting began rolling out Philips CityTouch, the connected street lighting management system that uses existing mobile networks and cloud-based technologies to control street lights, monitor status, and accurately analyse how much energy each light is consuming. The new pilot programme will expand on these capabilities by including additional sensor nodes and testing new applications so the city can maximise its infrastructure investment.
“The continued advancement of connected lighting systems is revolutionising how cities operate, transforming them into information conduits with the capacity to collect and share data and offer new insights that enable, and really drive the smart city,” Susanne Seitinger, global sub-segment manager, Professional Systems, Philips Lighting said. “Los Angeles is at the forefront of smart city innovations with a vision for how technology can adapt to the way people and communities interact with their city.”
The pilot programme is being implemented this year to evaluate additional sensor-based use cases including in the areas of environmental noise monitoring, grid health monitoring and advanced maintenance.
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