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Connected lighting
for smart cities

Cities can sometimes be overwhelming

Every day seems to bring another statistic that documents the rapid pace of urbanization – from demographic shifts to construction rates to increases in automobile traffic. Today, 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, with an expected increase to 66% by 2050.* Even though these numbers may seem overwhelming, the density and diversity of cities makes them attractive hubs.


*United Nations – Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Urbanization Prospects, 2014.

And yet their density

and diversity make them attractive

Infrastructure and services are key for cities to remain competitive and lighting is special.

Public lighting is special because it transforms the visual appearance of places, and thus can have a particularly strong emotional impact. While the importance of investing in streetscapes is well understood, the emotional aspect of public lighting is still often overlooked. More than other infrastructures and services, public lighting is interwoven with a place’s identity and character.

More than any other city service, public lighting bridges the emotional and technical realms

Street lights, luminaires, poles, and other lighting assets are everywhere. However, less than 1% of street lights today are connected.* They do not yet take advantage of the powerful communications networks we’ve all grown to rely on while moving through cities. Wireless communications, along with digital controls, remote monitoring, and new applications, offer tremendous advantages for intelligently managing public infrastructures.


*Philips Market Analysis & Forecasting for Lighting, 2013-2018.

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¹ Northeast Group, Global LED and Smart Street Lighting Forecast 2015-2025

² European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC), European Commission, Energy Efficient Street Lighting, 2013

³ Philips market analysis

The shift towards ubiquitous, resilient, publicly available communications networks presents new possibilities for dispersed systems such as street lights. Communications can be layered onto existing street lighting systems, or it can be introduced with the installation of new street lights that use energy saving LED light sources. LEDs more readily lend themselves to digital control than any other lighting technology.


Philips Lighting has shaped the public realm with public lighting for more than a century.


Now we’re building on our rich history and combining it with breakthrough technologies to empower cities with connected lighting.

Our vision for the next decade is built on three pillars

the right light, LED, LED lighting,  ambient, dynamic, responsive, interactive, LEDifitcation, light quality

The right light

maintenance work, improved maintenance, installer, light installer, lighting service provice, mobiel devices, light management, smart cities

Connected operations

openness,  open, scalable, connected, integrate lighting, city ecosystem, city asset management, asset manegement dashboard, lighting software level, lighting network level, lighting asset level, SAP Hana, CityTouch, smart cities

Evolving applications

Future-proofing IT for smart city services

A well-designed Smart City infrastructure can bring tremendous benefits to cities, from enhancing services to improving safety. To achieve this, Machina Research recommends city leaders ask themselves six questions about their chosen IT strategy. Find out what they are.