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Western Norway selects Philips for smart city initiative

Expected energy savings up to 70 per cent and approximate reduction in CO2 emissions of 1,100 tonnes

Stavanger is among those Norwegian cities to benefit from the Philips Lighting system
Stavanger is among those Norwegian cities to benefit from the Philips Lighting system

The current street lighting of 11 municipalities in southern Rogaland in Western Norway are to be replaced with LED luminaires from Philips Lighting to help transform them into smart municipalities.


The connected LED lighting system will provide energy savings of up to 70 per cent and will create a digital platform to add more features to the municipalities’ strategic ‘smart city’ initiative.


Over the next two years, more than 18,000 connected Philips Luma LED street lights will be installed and controlled remotely using Philips’ CityTouch lighting management system.


According to Philips, the combination of LED luminaires and remote monitoring and control will transform the management of lighting across the municipalities, enabling energy and operational savings.


CO2 emissions will be reduced by more than 1,100 tonnes annually – a crucial step towards the municipalities’ goal to lower CO2 emissions by 30 per cent by 2020.


Lyse Elnett, the energy management company owned by the 11 municipalities in southern Rogaland, has already installed the first 1,500 luminaires.


“The connected luminaires are future-proof and give the municipalities the ability to connect other sensors for smart city functionality in the future,” said Jarl Hoogstad, product manager for road and street lighting at Lyse Elnett.


“The towns in the region are very keen on connected technology for the future. We asked all suppliers about their plans for ‘smart cities’ and found that Philips Lighting was the supplier which had the most ambitious vision for the future.”


The key benefit of the CityTouch system is that each light point is connected and may be controlled and performance data will be sent through existing cellular networks to Lyse Elnett and the municipalities, said Philips.


The data will enable them to efficiently monitor the municipalities’ lighting infrastructure and remotely manage illumination levels to match different needs by area. For example, in the evening during summer when there is more light and less traffic, Lyse Elnett or the other municipalities can adjust the dimming schedule to match the 17-18 hours of daylight, resulting in additional energy savings.


In addition, the system enables faults to be reported and repaired quickly, reducing maintenance time and cost.


The LED lighting installation is a good example of how to reduce energy consumption while ensuring that street lighting is connected and future-proof to reap the benefits associated with smart cities,” added Bjørn Rune Steinsland, sales manager for outdoor lighting at Philips Lighting, Norway.


The remaining 16,500 smart luminaires will be installed in South Rogaland by the end of 2019.



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