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Ericsson and Philips announce smart street lighting pact

February 28, 2014  

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Ericsson and Philips unveiled a new connected LED street lighting model this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Called “Zero Site” by Ericsson, the connected lighting offering integrates telecom equipment into light poles enabling telecom operators to improve mobile network performance while reducing urban clutter, they say.

According to the two companies, the partnership solves two major issues that cities are facing today: providing citizens with improved network performance in dense urban areas as well as high quality, public lighting that is energy efficient.

Philips and Ericsson say they will combine the benefits of mobile connectivity and LED lighting in a ”lighting-as-a-service” model for cities. It allows city authorities to offer space within their connected lighting poles to network service providers for mobile broadband infrastructure. They, in turn, will be able to rent space in the poles.

“In this way, mobile network operators will be able to improve data coverage and capacity for citizens, resulting in enhanced mobile broadband services,” the two companies said in a release.

A study conducted by The Climate Group in 12 of the world’s largest cities found that Philips LED street lighting can generate energy savings of 50-70%, with savings reaching 80% when coupled with smart controls.

The study also showed that citizens prefer the white light of LED lighting, citing a greater sense of safety and improved visibility compared to the orange glow of traditional high pressure sodium systems.

“City populations are increasing at the rate of 7,500 people per hour, but our world is not geographically expanding,” said Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson. “Meanwhile, our ConsumerLab research shows that Internet connectivity is one of the top five factors for satisfaction in city life.”  

Frans van Houten, president and CEO of Philips, described the new connected LED street lighting model as “another example of us bringing the Internet of Things to life and demonstrates the capabilities of light beyond illumination.”

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