Philips and Vodafone join forces for connected lighting and smart city services

March 14, 2016

Frankfurt, Germany - Philips Lighting, a Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) company and the global leader in lighting, announced today a new agreement for Vodafone to become a global Internet of Things (IoT) managed connectivity partner. Under the agreement, the two companies will enable city authorities worldwide to implement connected street lighting systems which will be connected wirelessly, saving energy and making maintenance easier and more efficient.


The Philips CityTouch street lighting management system will use Vodafone’s world-leading machine-to-machine (M2M) network to connect individual light points. Every connected street lamp will contain a Vodafone M2M SIM. City authorities can then monitor and manage lighting through the user-friendly and highly flexible Philips CityTouch system while engineers will be able to check performance, identify faults and control the lighting remotely.


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


Vodafone M2M Director, Erik Brenneis, said: “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, SVP, 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 streetlights 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, more livable and giving people an increased sense of safety.”


About Philips CityTouch:
Philips CityTouch is an end-to-end street lighting management system that integrates connected devices and specialized services to transform cities’ lighting operations. Increasingly, street lights are connected and made intelligent using Philips CityTouch ready street luminaires or by adding a Philips CityTouch connector node to existing street luminaires. Such connectivity offers a number of benefits:

  • Typically additional 30%  energy savings above the typical 40%+ savings made by using LED lighting, as the connected lights can be dimmed or turned up as required – the right light level, at the right time, in the right place.
  • Reduced maintenance cost and time from days to hours as real-time information on the status of each light point is relayed to the operator who can schedule crews to a precise location. No more driving around looking for faults.
  • Network setup and commissioning happens automatically and when the CityTouch ready luminaire or a connector node is installed it starts transmitting location data and operational information securely over the Vodafone network.
 

For further information, please contact:

Philips Lighting
Eeva Raaijmakers
Tel: +31612350597
E-mail: eeva.raaijmakers@philips.com 

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About Philips Lighting

Philips Lighting, a Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) company, is the global leader in lighting products, systems and services. Our understanding of how lighting positively affects people coupled with our deep technological know-how enable us to deliver digital lighting innovations that unlock new business value, deliver rich user experiences and help to improve lives. Serving professional and consumer markets, we sell more energy efficient LED lighting than any other company. We lead the industry in connected lighting systems and services, leveraging the Internet of Things to take light beyond illumination and transform homes, buildings and urban spaces. In 2015, we had sales of EUR 7.4 billion and employed 33,000 people worldwide. News from Philips Lighting is located at http://www.philips.com/newscenter

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About Vodafone Group

Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 57 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 December 2015, Vodafone had 461 million mobile customers and 13 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com 

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