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 LAâ€™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 LAâ€™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 Garcettiâ€™s Great Streets initiative, promoting the revitalization of neighborhoods through more pedestrian-friendly streets for LAâ€™s citizens.
LA has long been atÂ the forefront of smart city innovations, including adopting new web-basedÂ technologies that will help city administrators better manage city servicesÂ such as street lighting. Â With the addition of the Philips CityTouchÂ connected lighting management system, the LA Bureau of Street Lighting can remotelyÂ control lighting fixtures, as well as monitor energy use and the status of eachÂ light. Using mobile chip technology embedded into each fixture, the streetÂ lights are able to identify themselves and network instantly. This smart plugÂ and play approach not only reduces the cost of programming each fixture, it
also reduces the time of commissioning from days to minutes and eliminatesÂ on-site commissioning completely. Furthermore, the entire system can beÂ securely controlled and managed remotely through any web browser.
â€œLA has more LEDÂ street lights than any other city in America, with about 7,500 centerlineÂ miles,â€ said Ed Ebrahimian, director of the Bureau of Street Lighting for theÂ City of Los Angeles. â€œThis required a solution that would allow us to remotely
control street lights and accurately report how much energy each light isÂ consuming, while also being easy to install and flexible enough to adapt toÂ broader Smart City plans. We piloted several solutions over the last year andÂ decided to implement CityTouch as it required no further investment orÂ intervention in our infrastructure.â€
According to the research byÂ Center for Education and Awareness of Energy Efficiency â€“ Energis in Bosnia andÂ Herzegovina there is around 7 million standard bulbs in use. Classic bulbs areÂ very inefficient because 80% of consumed energy is spent on heat and only 20%Â on electricity. Compact fluorescent bulbs use all energy for illumination andÂ save around 80% energy. Design of those bulbs enables them to last 10 timesÂ longer than standard bulbs.
Public lighting in BosniaÂ and Herzegovina is subsidized by local governments and lighting like that usesÂ inefficient technologies like classic fluorescent lamps and mercury basedÂ lamps. With the use of efficient lighting technologies Bosnia and HerzegovinaÂ can save significant funds and also reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Ruling structure in BosniaÂ and Herzegovina does not have political will for effective decision making.Â There is no enough desire for taking responsibility for energy efficiency. AsÂ addition for this authorities have limited knowledge about management of energyÂ resources. As a result of economic crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina there isÂ reduction of budget and in situation like that no one does not take intoÂ consideration efficient use of energy.
Preliminary researchesÂ indicates that costs of public lighting in medium-sized municipalities have 2%Â – 5% share in the budget and total energy costs have 5% – 9% share in theÂ budget on annual basis. Although many municipalities have problem with its
budget structure, there are no initiatives in energy savings.
Energis have made a studyÂ about street lightning in some municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina back inÂ 2010. The study describes problem about public lighting and its solution in theÂ next few years. â€œAustralian Government tool was used to compare presentÂ conditions and possible conditions after completion of energy efficiency inÂ public lighting. We came up to conclusion that with measures taken we canÂ 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 municipalitiesâ€, said Hamid MehinoviÄ‡Â director of association.
Results of the study showÂ that there is great potential for savings in this area and that we need toÂ start thinking about our future and to lead by best examples from the world.