As a part of the City of Los Angeles’s broader push toward implementing smart technology in addressing urban planning challenges, the Bureau of Street Lighting in 2015 announced a plan to introduce new smart street lighting throughout the city. The 4G-enabled “smart poles” sought to increase the amount of street-lit intersections in LA, improve city-wide cell coverage, save money on inefficient lighting practices, and improve the aesthetic appeal of LA’s streets.
The Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting and Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, have collaborated on a program that uses CityTouch connected street lighting management and connected sensors to obtain additional value from the public lighting system, which manages 110,000 street lights across the city. By adding sensors to the light poles and employing an open systems approach, the lighting infrastructure can now be used to monitor environmental noise for quieter streets and healthier citizens, and to monitor the lighting power grid for more reliable and responsive operations. The LA pilot projects demonstrates how a connected street lighting infrastructure and an open systems approach support evolving smart city applications for a more efficient and livable city.