Philips Lighting and Vodafone offer connected lighting and smart city services

Vodafone is working with Philips Lighting to make it easier for cities to implement connected street lighting and smart city services.

Under an agreement made by the two companies last week, Vodafone becomes a global Internet of Things (IoT) managed connectivity partner of Philips Lighting, a Royal Philips company. The Philips CityTouch street lighting management system will use Vodafone’s machine-to-machine (M2M) network to wirelessly connect individual street lights.

With a Vodafone M2M SIM in every connected street lamp, city authorities can monitor and manage lighting through a user-friendly system while engineers can check performance, identify faults and control the lighting remotely. This is expected to save energy and make maintenance easier and more efficient.

Vodafone and Philips said that their joint offering allows city authorities to create an infrastructure that is easily scalable, and will be able to support other smart city applications in the future.

Vodafone M2M director Erik Brenneis commented: “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.”

Bill Bien, head of strategy and marketing at Philips Lighting, added: “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 street lights 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.”

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