Los Angeles just announced plans to roll out a new generation of high-tech street lamps that can keep citizens connected even when cell networks are down after a debilitating natural disaster. Philips’ SmartPole streetlights are equipped with energy-efficient LED bulbs and 4G LTE wireless technology by Ericsson. City officials are eager to celebrate the adoption of 100 SmartPoles, which will keep both businesses and citizens connected in densely populated areas.
“This project shows what smart infrastructure can do for Los Angeles: create jobs, save tax payer dollars, and improve our environment,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti about implementing the new technology. The poles are equipped with efficient LED lighting, slashing cost on electricity and lessening the burden on Mother Earth’s fossil fuels.
This new technology isn’t Philips’ first tango with the city of LA. Earlier this year, it became the first North American city to utilize the company’s CityTouch, a mobile and cloud-connected system keeping the city’s street lighting efficient and easer on the environment. According to an Ericsson Mobility Report, cellular traffic is projected to increase by nine times the current usage by 2020, making the integration of wireless service and needed city illumination the perfect marriage. All those behind the project hope LA will be a role model for other cities, who will have to make some serious upgrades to keep up with the booming metropolis.
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