Shining a permanent light on San Francisco

Once meant to be a temporary installation, the Bay Lights is now a permanent part of the city's skyline.

 

In 2011, the non-profit arts organization, ILLUMINATE, collaborated with the California Department of Transportation, and artist Leo Villareal to create a stunning display of light on the San Francisco -Oakland Bay Bridge. Unveiled in 2013 and originally intended as a short-term installation, The Bay Lights became a global attraction. Before going live, it was dubbed by Hemispheres magazine as “the number one thing to see in the world during 2013.”

The new system incorporates Philips ActiveSite, a cloud-based connected lighting platform that allows for efficient management with benefits including remote diagnostics, reporting, and more.

 

The new Bay Lights was unveiled on January 30, 2016 and at that time was gifted to the people of California by ILLUMINATE.

Bay Lights lighting manager

An energy-efficient work of art that makes The Bay Bridge a true beacon  of the San Francisco Bay Area.” 


Saeed Shahmirzai,

Zoon Engineering, the Bay Bridge MEP Integrator

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Helsinki pilots smart city parking


The smart parking pilot explores new applications for connected technology. This pilot builds on a connected lighting infrastructure by using sensors embedded in the light poles and cameras to monitor parking availability. Monitored data is sent to a central server and pushed to platforms that can be used by 3rd party applications and services. Continuous tracking helps identify available spaces and parking bottlenecks.

Jakarta embraces connected technology


Jakarta's recent lighting project, a significant milestone in the city's ongoing transformation into a smart city, involved upgrading nearly 90,000 street luminaires with energy efficient LED lights connected to a Philips CityTouch lighting management system. Completed in just seven months, this project represents the world’s fastest street lighting retrofit and remote management project undertaken to date.

Evolving applications,
Los Angeles


"There is a lot more that can be achieved using the street lighting infrastructure, in addition to providing lighting for the citizens.” Ed Ebrahimian, Director, Bureau of Street Lighting, City of Los Angeles.

Philips Lighting created a pilot program that uses an open systems approach to leverage the city’s connected street lighting infrastructure:

Smart lightpoles,
Barcelona


Philips and Ericsson partnered to create Philips lightpole site slim – a smart, flexible lightpole that integrates broadband connectivity, advanced LED lighting and future expandability. It integrates seamlessly into the urban environment, without creating visual clutter.
 

First smart lightpoles were installed nearby Fira Barcelona

in cooperation with the municipality of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

Semarang


The Indonesian city has taken a major step towards reaching its smart city goals thanks to the recent installation of Philips CityTouch and upgraded LED lighting, resulting in increased energy savings and lowered operational costs.

Siegburg


Utilizing the CityTouch workflow app, which designed exclusively for lighting, officials of the city of Siegburg, Germany, are now able to efficiently streamline workflows, improve maintenance response times, and more.

Los Angeles

 

With more than half of its street lights already converted to LED, the city of Los Angeles connects 110,000 light points using Philips CityTouch and connector nodes with plug-and-play activation. With its new lighting management system, Los Angeles is a on its way to becoming a smart city.

Buenos Aires


"In addition to enabling energy savings, CityTouch provides our customers with unique, flexible, sustainable, and integrated lighting management solutions."

Gustavo Verna, CEO Philips Argentina

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