San Diego gets smart(er) with intelligent lighting network
San Diego is on a path of transformation: the Californian metropolis has recently joined forces with Current, powered by GE, to power the city with smartness of IoT sensor platform.
Current specialises in creating intelligent environments for commercial buildings and industrial facilities. The company will install its CityIQ sensor nodes on 3,200 of the city’s street light poles as an upgrade to the present 14,000 light fixtures to new Current’s Evolve LED luminaires.
The $30 million open data platform encompasses conversion of the existing street lighting into a connected digital infrastructure which will collect real-time sensor data across the city that can later be used to develop applications to benefit the community. The project offers boundless opportunities to increase safety, optimise municipal systems, and create real-time environmental awareness.
San Diego chief deputy officer David Graham said that the initial 3,200 intelligent nodes across the city are just the first step, with potential to expand to another 3,000 sensor points later in 2017. Each fixture comes equipped with an advanced controls system called LightGrid that allows city managers to dim, brighten and check maintenance on the lights remotely through a single dashboard. The smart upgrade is expected to save San Diego an estimated $2.4 million per year in energy costs.
Current is working with AT&T, Intel, ShotSpotter, CivicSmart and Proximetry to deploy the intelligent network across the city. The city is also implementing ‘machine network’, which is powered by Ingenu – a company that provides IoT machine connectivity through its random phase multiple access technology.
The network will cover the whole city, which amounts to 800 square miles and more than 2.6 million people, and builds upon San Diego’s Climate Action Plan announced last month, which enables sustainability initiatives such as water conservation and improving air quality.
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