GE Lighting Announces Programs for Intelligent Cities as It Pilots New Connected LED Solution

Cities on both coasts of the USA will soon begin piloting new GE Lighting technology designed to help them become more intelligent and efficient. San Diego, California and Jacksonville, Florida will both be trialing a new GE LED solution, which uses LED street lighting installations to connect, collect and analyze data being generated, harnessing the power of the Industrial Internet to help each city run better while providing new services and conveniences for residents and visitors.

GE Lighting Announces Programs for Intelligent Cities as It Pilots New Connected LED Solution

From high street lighting costs to traffic congestion, parking and emergency response, cities across the world juggle a variety of challenges. GE is developing solutions that will help cities solve these problems through their existing infrastructure. By repurposing streetlights with LEDs containing sensors, controls, wireless transmitters and microprocessors, cities will be able to create new opportunities for reducing cost, optimizing operations and creating value-added services for residents.

Driven by Predix, GE's innovative software platform that connects machines, data and people to help improve asset performance management, the intelligent-cities enabling technology will provide a platform for the future development of intelligent applications that will deliver efficiency for the city and convenience for citizens.

“This solution truly presents endless possibilities for cities to learn, connect and improve both their operations and everyday life for their citizens,” says Maryrose Sylvester, President and CEO of GE Lighting. “In the pilots with San Diego and Jacksonville, we will be working with the cities to analyze data trends and determine where the solution holds the most value and how it will ultimately be used.”

The potential opportunities are truly endless, giving a city access to real-time data that never existed before. For instance, city-centre parking can be challenging, but with the help of networked LED street lights with built-in sensors and wireless transceivers, drivers can be directed to available spaces. The same streetlight could serve as a sensor and give warnings in the event of a hurricane or other event through a public-address speaker concealed within the light post. In another scenario, microprocessors and other sensors could work together to give emergency responders real-time views of an area as they are responding to an emergency call before they arrive on scene. These features are examples of what can be made possible through Predix in the future.

Jacksonville Pilot

Jacksonville, the largest city in terms of area for the continental USA, will trial the GE solution in the summer of 2015.

Alvin Brown, Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, commented: “Jacksonville is excited to be on the front lines with this pilot project, using new technology to increase efficiency and drive innovation, at no cost to taxpayers. This is another example of how public-private partnerships can drive innovation and provide a return on investment for our taxpayers. This technology has the potential to transform how our city solves problems by allowing us to use the power of data to drive outcomes that give us flexibility, efficiency and new, creative actions to enhance life in our city.”

In addition to piloting the intelligent-city enabling solution, the city will also pilot. LightGrid™, a wireless controls technology, which will provide significant energy savings to the city. LightGrid allows for more efficient management of streetlights. With remote monitoring and GPS mapping, municipalities are able to instantly identify usage and performance of streetlights within specific locations.

San Diego Pilot

The pilot in San Diego adds sensor technology to existing GE smart LED streetlights, with a focus on parking solutions in its urban core. San Diego Mayor Faulconer said: “San Diego has proven that intelligent infrastructure saves energy and taxpayer money. We believe that this collaboration will help us go further in creating truly intelligent infrastructure that helps us improve services to the public.”

In 2014, San Diego became the first U.S. city to widely use GE's LED lighting fixtures with LightGrid™ outdoor wireless controls technology. The technology, deployed on more than 3,000 city streetlights, saves the city more than $350,000 annually in energy and maintenance costs.

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