LA lights up with smart LED streetlights

November 06, 2015 //By Paul Buckley
LA lights up with smart LED streetlights
The city of Los Angeles (LA) is to be the first in the world to deploy 100 Philips SmartPoles – connected LED street lighting that includes fully integrated 4G LTE wireless communications technology by Ericsson.

The collaboration between Philips and Ericsson delivers on the latest Internet of Things (IoT) innovation and provides a double benefit to LA citizens: high-quality, public lighting that is energy efficient as well as improved network performance in dense urban areas.

"The analog light pole has evolved right here in Los Angeles," says Mayor Eric Garcetti. "LA is a world leader in LED street lights and has more poles than any other city in America. We are now taking advantage of previously untapped real estate to give our streets better broadband connectivity and future-ready infrastructure, while generating revenue for the city. This project shows what smart infrastructure can do for Los Angeles: create jobs, save tax payer dollars, and improve our environment."

The project expands on Philips' existing relationship with the City of LA. Earlier in 2015, LA became the first city in North America to monitor and control its street lighting through Philips CityTouch , an advanced Philips streetlight asset management system that uses mobile and cloud-based technologies. Better lit streets contribute to safer streets, less accidents and deter crime while connected management of street lighting reduces further the amount of energy used and simplifies maintenance.

With cellular data traffic expected to grow nine times by 2020, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report, and current telecoms infrastructure struggling to respond to this demand, Philips SmartPoles are enabling seamless mobile wireless 4G/LTE connectivity, with the small cell technology from Ericsson housed in the poles to enable increased data capacity in the telecoms network.

Philips SmartPoles were specifically designed and tested to accept FCC licensed wireless mobile network operator equipment. This enables an alternative deployment methodology for 4G LTE broadband services which will connect each pole through a fiber link to its core network.

According to Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson, "LA will be a role model for other smart cities that place sustainability and

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