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Philadelphia pilots connected lighting to modernise city services

The city is deploying a suite of applications including smart lighting, air quality monitors and people traffic counters utilising Cimcon’s NearSky platform.

An air quality monitor in Arch Street, Philadelphia
An air quality monitor in Arch Street, Philadelphia

The city of Philadelphia has selected a connected lighting solution from technology products and services provider, CDW Government (CDW-G), as part of a pilot programme for its SmartCityPHL initiative.


The solution incorporates Cimcom’s NearSky smart city platform and lighting controllers.


The city has deployed a suite of smart city technologies including intelligent streetlight controls, air quality monitors, and vehicle and people traffic counters.


Efficiency and quality aims


The aim of the pilot is to better understand the benefits of these solutions on the efficiency of city operations and the quality of city services for citizens, businesses and visitors.


“We are committed to modernising our city services in a sensible and sustainable way so that we can continue our growth as a city of the future,” said Richard Montanez, deputy streets commissioner for transportation with the Philadelphia Streets Department.


“We are looking at technology that allows us to leverage our existing streetlight infrastructure to evaluate and deploy smart city technologies. This technology gives us the flexibility to deploy the solutions we need now and address future requirements as our city’s needs evolve.”


In addition to the NearSky platform and lighting controllers, the smart city solution deployed in Philadelphia includes air quality sensors, digital surveillance cameras, video analytics software and networking technology from Cisco.


As the solution provider, CDW-G will provide integration services and local support.


The smart city technologies have been deployed on Arch Street in front of the Pennsylvania Convention Centre.

“We are looking at technology that allows us to leverage our existing streetlight infrastructure to evaluate and deploy smart city technologies"

“CDW-G orchestrates solutions, like smart connected highting, that help our customers navigate the crowded smart city ecosystem,” said Chris Black, smart cities practice lead, CDW-G.


“Our partnership with Cimcon and Cisco – combined with our deep IoT/digital transformation expertise – help us provide our customers with best-in-class solutions that address their toughest challenges.”


NearSky platform includes a streetlight-mounted edge data processor that captures, aggregates, and distributes data from a wide array of sensors and devices. The platform also includes cloud-based data management software, which allows cities to securely aggregate, analyse, and act on the data collected.


“NearSky is the most proven and simplest way for deploying smart city sensors and devices and acting on the data they collect,” added Mobeen Khan, chief operating officer at Cimcon.


“When you augment Cimcon’s capabilities with the complementary capabilities of our technology partners and the services provided by our SI partners, cities get unmatched visibility into city operations and industry-leading support to transform themselves into future-ready, digital cities.”


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