Los Angeles To Save Energy on Street Lighting With New Mobile & Cloud-based Controls

Los Angeles To Save Energy on Street Lighting With New Mobile & Cloud-based Controls

Los Angeles (LA) will become the first city in the world to control its street lighting through an advanced management system that uses mobile and cloud-based technologies. The new technology, developed by Philips, confirms LA’s Bureau of Street Lighting as a trailblazer in next generation LED street lighting with a new solution that saves energy,

Los Angeles (LA) will become the first city in the world to control its street lighting through an advanced management system that uses mobile and cloud-based technologies. The new technology, developed by Philips, confirms LA’s Bureau of Street Lighting as a trailblazer in next generation LED street lighting with a new solution that saves energy, reduces maintenance and provides quality lighting that makes streets safer for LA residents. The technology also supports Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative, promoting the revitalization of neighborhoods through more pedestrian-friendly streets for LA’s citizens.

LA has long been at the forefront of smart city innovations, including adopting new web-based technologies that will help city administrators better manage city services such as street lighting.  With the addition of the Philips CityTouch connected lighting management system, the LA Bureau of Street Lighting can remotely control lighting fixtures, as well as monitor energy use and the status of each light. Using mobile chip technology embedded into each fixture, the street lights are able to identify themselves and network instantly. This smart plug and play approach not only reduces the cost of programming each fixture, it
also reduces the time of commissioning from days to minutes and eliminates on-site commissioning completely. Furthermore, the entire system can be securely controlled and managed remotely through any web browser.

“LA has more LED street lights than any other city in America, with about 7,500 centerline miles,” said Ed Ebrahimian, director of the Bureau of Street Lighting for the City of Los Angeles. “This required a solution that would allow us to remotely
control street lights and accurately report how much energy each light is consuming, while also being easy to install and flexible enough to adapt to broader Smart City plans. We piloted several solutions over the last year and decided to implement CityTouch as it required no further investment or intervention in our infrastructure.”

According to the research by Center for Education and Awareness of Energy Efficiency – Energis in Bosnia and Herzegovina there is around 7 million standard bulbs in use. Classic bulbs are very inefficient because 80% of consumed energy is spent on heat and only 20% on electricity. Compact fluorescent bulbs use all energy for illumination and save around 80% energy. Design of those bulbs enables them to last 10 times longer than standard bulbs.

Public lighting in Bosnia and Herzegovina is subsidized by local governments and lighting like that uses inefficient technologies like classic fluorescent lamps and mercury based lamps. With the use of efficient lighting technologies Bosnia and Herzegovina can save significant funds and also reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Ruling structure in Bosnia and Herzegovina does not have political will for effective decision making. There is no enough desire for taking responsibility for energy efficiency. As addition for this authorities have limited knowledge about management of energy resources. As a result of economic crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina there is reduction of budget and in situation like that no one does not take into consideration efficient use of energy.

Preliminary researches indicates that costs of public lighting in medium-sized municipalities have 2% – 5% share in the budget and total energy costs have 5% – 9% share in the budget on annual basis. Although many municipalities have problem with its
budget structure, there are no initiatives in energy savings.

Energis have made a study about street lightning in some municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina back in 2010. The study describes problem about public lighting and its solution in the next few years. “Australian Government tool was used to compare present conditions and possible conditions after completion of energy efficiency in public lighting. We came up to conclusion that with measures taken we can reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 18,450 tons per year and save up to 1,8
million KM per year in the 29 observed municipalities”, said Hamid Mehinović director of association.

Results of the study show that there is great potential for savings in this area and that we need to start thinking about our future and to lead by best examples from the world.

Renewable Energy Projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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