Internet of Things (IoT) is crawling its arms faster into the lives of people! Vodafone and Philips Lighting are the latest partners to join the array of IoT. The duo has entered into an agreement to enable city authorities worldwide to implement smart city lighting systems. Connected wirelessly, these ensure lesser power consumption and easy maintenance.
In the case, the telecom service provider Vodafone becomes the ‘global IoT managed connectivity partner’ for Philips’ CityTouch street lighting management system. The individual street lights will be fitted with one of Vodafone’s M2M SIM cards. Thus, they can be monitored and controlled remotely.
The brightness, switch off and switch on at specific time intervals, monitoring the maintenance requisites etc., can be done from a web browser. Philips’ wirelessly connected streetlights will make for easily scalable smart infrastructure, and they will be able to support other smart city applications in future.
Commenting on the initiative, Erik Brenneis, Vodafone M2M Director said, “Lighting plays a key role in the smart city. Our agreement with Philips will see this technology transforming cities across the world backed by Vodafone’s world-leading innovation, technologies and networks.”
“Just less than 12% of the world’s street lights are LED and less than 2% are connected. We are at the start of a new era which will see highly energy efficient connected street lighting become the backbone of most smart cities. Robust, reliable wireless connectivity will help make this happen, linking streetlights with sensors, devices and management systems. By partnering with Vodafone we can work together to take light beyond illumination, helping to make cities more energy efficient, safer and ultimately more liveable,” Bill Bien, SVP, Head of Strategy and Marketing, at Philips Lighting added.
Madrid, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles are the cities in which Philips rolled out the system.