The City of Los Angeles has announced that it will implement cloud controlled street lighting on all 7,500 miles of road within the city limits.
LA’s Bureau of Street Lighting recently became a customer of Royal Philips for its new revolutionary product called CityTouch. Administrators of CityTouch can monitor an entire street lighting system from any web browser. This enables employees of the Bureau of Street Lighting to view real time alerts from any desktop, laptop or mobile device.
LA becomes one of the first cities in America to connect their street lighting system to the cloud. Philip’s cloud connected street lighting system is currently being used in 31 countries other countries.
What makes LA’s integration impressive is that the brand of LEDs being used with the street lamp was irrelevant. Philips says that the city of Los Angeles’ CityTouch configuration is ground breaking since they were able to use connect different types of LEDs within the cloud.
“Using mobile chip technology embedded into each fixture, the street lights are able to identify themselves and network instantly,” says a press release by Philips. “This smart plug and play approach not only reduces the cost of programming each fixture, it also reduces the time of commissioning from days to minutes and eliminates on-site commissioning completely.”
City Officials Applaud the Cloud System
“LA has more LED street lights than any other city in America, with about 7,500 centerline miles,” says Ed Ebrahimian from LA’s Bureau of Street Lighting. “We piloted several solutions over the last year and decided to implement CityTouch as it required no further investment or intervention in our infrastructure,” Ebrahimian continued.
LA will likely serve as a model for other American cities who wish to adopt CityTouch. Philips says it supports the Mayor’s Great Streets program. Philips says that CityTouch’s cloud will increase safety by maximizing uptime, visibility while providing the advanced capabilities to help cities better serve the lighting needs of a particular neighborhood.