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Guadalajara gets smart

The CityTouch system is helping Guadalajara to achieve 68 per cent energy savings and reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 4,500 tonnes

The city is the first to combine group control cabinets with individual light control
The city is the first to combine group control cabinets with individual light control

Philips has installed 12,000 Philips LED connected street lights as part of a renovation of the Spanish city of Guadalajara’s public lighting. The lights are being managed by Philips’ CityTouch street lighting management software and the project was completed with energy services provider Ferrovial Services.


The Philips CityTouch system allows Guadalajara City Council to precisely monitor, control and manage its entire network of street lights via a secure web browser. Lighting managers can monitor the performance of individual LED street lights in near real-time and dim or increase brightness in certain areas, such as busy pedestrian crossings or public squares.


This combination of energy efficient connected street lights and remote management is helping the city to reduce its carbon footprint. Guadalajara has seen immediate electricity savings of approximately 68 per cent compared to its previous lighting system and an annual CO2 emission reduction of nearly 4,200 tonnes.


Guadalajara is located approximately 60km northeast of Madrid. The city has approximately 85,000 residents and a healthy tourism trade which will receive a boost in the coming months as it’s recently been chosen as a 2018 European City of Sport by the Brussels-based European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation (ACES).


“We were keen to implement a sustainable public lighting system that not only provides our citizens and visitors with the light they need today but which is also scalable and flexible to meet the future needs of our city,” said Antonio Román, Mayor at Guadalajara City Council.


“What we now have is a smart new digital infrastructure that gives us the option to connect sensors and offer smart city functionality if we so wish.”


Guadalajara City Council wanted the flexibility to not only remotely monitor and manage its light points but also the 198 street cabinets located throughout the city. For the first time this is possible using the Philips CityTouch system.


The remote monitoring and control of cabinets enable power outages and leakage to be detected and resolved swiftly, saving both time and money. It also helps Energy Service Company’s (ESCOs) to more precisely manage power consumption from the grid.


Philips CityTouch is also helping Guadalajara to streamline its operations using just one interface. Its powerful asset management software gives managers a map-based view of the city’s lighting assets (street lights and cabinets) and workflows so that maintenance crews can be efficiently scheduled to resolve any issues.


“Our connected street lighting is already contributing to a safer, more attractive environment for the citizens of Guadalajara and is enabling the city to realise savings in energy and operational efficiencies. It joins more than 1,000 other connected streetlighting projects we’ve implemented in 37 countries around the globe,” said Josep Manel Martinez, president & general manager at Philips Lighting Iberia.


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