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It is hoped the city will benefit from 50 per cent of energy savings from the lighting makeover
Several parts of Rio de Janeiro will benefit from the legacy of new public lighting systems installed for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Speaking to SmartCitiesWorld, Yoon Young Kim, general manager of Philips Lighting Brazil, said the city has been able “to elevate the safety” of its citizens through sustainable lighting systems that offer approximately 50 per cent of energy savings.
“The preparations to receive tourists from all over the world is now recognised as a legacy for the city that invested in great technological improvements,” he said. “For Philips Lighting, it was an honour to have the opportunity to participate in the evolution of Rio de Janeiro and contribute to systems that can positively impact the lives of so many people.”
In total, Philips Lighting was involved in four major lighting projects for Rio de Janeiro which included the city’s major paths and tourist locations: Porto Maravilha, Arco Metropolitano and Elevado do Joá highways and the newly opened Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow).
The Porto Maravilha port region was fitted with 750 of Philips GreenVision Xceed LED, which provide up to 50 percent energy savings compared to conventional lighting. In addition to this technology, both tunnels in the region have been equipped with Philips LED Tunnel BWP350 lighting fixtures, which ensure safe lighting levels for drivers.
The entire LED lighting system installed at the Port is managed by Philips CityTouch, a connected street lighting system that is integrated with the Operation Control Center (CCO) of Concessionária Porto Novo, enabling remote monitoring and control of each individual light point and scheduling of maintenance. The system also enables remote adjustment of lighting levels according to the specific needs of the area, which significantly reduces electricity consumption.
Arco Metropolitano, a highway around the Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro that connects the Itaboraí region to the Itaguaí Port, was equipped with 4,360 Philips GreenVision Xceed Solar lighting fixtures. Each luminaire has an integrated solar panel, which converts sunlight into electricity and provides a sustainable lighting option. Philips Lighting participated in this project in partnership with Kyocera Solar, a company specialised in manufacturing and distribution of solar electric energy solutions.
Another important highway Elevado do Joá, located in the western part of the city and connecting Largo da Barra to São Conrado, uses 986 Philips FlowBase LED tunnel lights and 369 Philips GreenVision Xceed lights to reduce energy consumption and to provide uniform and efficient lighting in the four tunnels along the road.
Meanwhile, Philips Lighting collaborated with Museu do Amanhã, a newly opened tourist attraction in Rio de Janeiro and a “luminotechnics project,” which was developed by the architect Mônica Lobo, from LD Studio. The final area of the museum, Oca da Imaginação (Imagination Hut), that takes the visitor far into the future was equipped with exclusive Philips dynamic LED lighting fixtures (Philips Color Kinetics iColor MR gen3 and iW Burst Powercore) that can reproduce several colours and interact with ambient music. “It offers several colours and interacts with music, offering a unique experience to the visitors,” says Kim.