Sunday, November 8, 2015

Los Angeles Installs LED Light Poles with LTE Small Cells Built-In

The City of Los Angeles will be the first to deploy Philips' LED light poles with fully integrated 4G LTE small cell technology from Ericsson.

An initial deployment covers 100 Philips SmartPoles. Los Angeles operates 220,000 street lights and has been upgrading to LED for energy efficiency.

Philips said this project expands on its existing relationship with the City of LA. Earlier this year, LA became the first city in North America to monitor and control its street lighting through Philips CityTouch, an advanced Philips streetlight asset management system that uses mobile and cloud-based technologies.

“The Philips SmartPole technology proves its role as the backbone in an outdoor Internet of Things platform capable of delivering new services and value. This is also fully aligned with many of Mayor Garcetti’s key priorities and outcomes by taking LED street lighting and turning it into a services hub that can adapt to the changing needs of a particular neighborhood over time,” said Amy Huntington, President of Philips Lighting Americas .

Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson, said: “LA will be a role model for other smart cities that place sustainability and connectivity high on their agenda. As citizens, businesses and industries transform through mobility, cities have an increasingly important role to play as eco-system partners enabling the next wave of innovations that will bring us to 5G in 2020. Innovative solutions like Philips SmartPoles and Ericsson Zero Site that efficiently improve the performance of mobile networks will be necessary to address the growing demand from both smartphone users and the Internet of Things.”