Workable, Livable, Optimized: GE's Intelligent Environments for Cities Usher in a New Era of Urban Living and Planning

  • LED street lights are the foundation for high-performing data networks that allow cities to operate more intelligently and efficiently, for enhanced quality of life for citizens and visitors.
  • See what it's all about at Smart City Expo World Conference in Barcelona, Nov. 17-19.

BARCELONA (Nov. 17, 2015) – Traffic. Parking trouble. Bad air quality. Slow emergency response. What if everyday life for residents and visitors could be enhanced through simple improvements to basic urban infrastructure? It's all possible through the Intelligent Environments for Cities solution from GE, developed to help cities transform street lights from a costly maintenance worry into a way to help solve critical city problems while supporting innovation and economic development.

GE will exhibit its Intelligent Environments for Cities solution at Smart City Expo World Conference in Barcelona, Nov. 17-19, where attendees can discover how cities around the world can adopt a new kind of intelligence that will affect the way we live, work and interact.

It's estimated that in the coming decade, 60 percent of the world population will live in urban areas. Intelligent digital technologies have virtually limitless potential, and those in charge are taking notice—more than 25 global cities are expected to become “intelligent” by 2025, bolstering a market that is anticipated to be worth $1.565 trillion globally by 2020.

It all begins with LED street lighting, which can act as a digital infrastructure platform for the intelligent city, combining great urban lighting technologies with sensors, controls, cameras, transmitters, microprocessors and other devices that gather data. Combined with powerful cloud computing and predictive analytics software, that data can be studied for informed decision making.

The Proof is in the Platform. GE's intelligent street lights are powered by Predix™, GE's innovative software platform that connects machines, data and people to help improve asset performance management. Predix™ powers innovative Industrial Internet apps that turn real-time operational data into insights for better and faster decision making, including:

  • Parking optimization: providing drivers with real-time information on locations and available parking spaces
  • Traffic flow: reducing congestion via timely traffic routing, taking into account weather, construction and traffic signal timing
  • Environment: monitoring air quality and ground conditions where action can be taken
  • Emergency response: providing information to first responders, maximizing understanding and minimizing response time
  • Advanced lighting controls: controlling maintenance costs and light output to save money while optimizing lighting conditions based upon specific location needs

Intelligent Cities on the Rise. Across Europe more and more cities are converting to LED lighting, which provides the platform to create truly smart environments. In Torbay in the UK for example, the local authority has embarked on an ambitious LED programme resulting in a dramatic 60 per cent reduction in energy consumption, the project has also slashed C02 emissions by 57 per cent. A little further north, the Bristol is Open collaboration between the city council and the University of Bristol is using the latest sensor technology to create an open and programmable region that gives residents the ability to interact, work and play with their city, responding in real time to everyday issues.

In the United States, San Diego chose its Gaslamp Quarter neighborhood to launch a pilot program with GE, replacing its legacy lighting infrastructure with GPS-tagged LEDs. Along with energy savings realized by LED lighting, a new network of intelligent fixtures will become the foundation for an ambitious, urban-scale data network. On the opposite coast, Jacksonville is currently piloting a new GE LED solution—the largest city by area currently doing so. In addition to the intelligent city enabling solution, Jacksonville is also piloting LightGrid™, a wireless controls technology that will provide significant energy savings.

“We are truly at the dawn of a revolution in information technology, and people around the world are transitioning to intelligent living in all aspects of their lives,” said Jim Benson, general manager of global marketing, GE Intelligent Cities. “Truly intelligent cities, where lives are improved and transformed, can be achieved through thoughtful application of data and insights.”

See what it's all about. GE will exhibit its Intelligent Environments for Cities solutions at this year's Smart City Expo World Conference in Barcelona, Nov. 17-19, at the conference's New York City Pavilion, D409.

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