Signify is connecting all 85,000 light points in the city of Cologne, Germany, to transform it into the nation’s first smart city.
The connected lighting will not just lead to greater energy efficiency and a reduction of costs, but will also allow for sensors to be integrated into the lighting to monitor traffic or information on crowds or even environmental benefits.
Working with RheinEnergie AG, Cologne will be able to continuously monitor and manage all the lights from a single dashboard. RheinEnergie will provide information and data on the performance and status of the light points for analysis, reports and evaluations.
Open interfaces combine luminaire inventory data with RheinEnergie’s accounting and purchasing data to provide a stable digital infrastructure for various public systems and support toward becoming a smart city.
Connected lighting systems allow public light points, such as streetlights, to be networked together and remotely monitored and controlled via a central dashboard. Cities and municipalities can individually control city lighting to provide greater safety and sense of security to citizens as well as illuminate risky places at night such as parks or tunnels. It could also be used to bring different types of lighting for special events or help turn lighting brighter for first responders responding to an emergency call.