Ericsson, Philips team up to provide 'smart street lighting'

Tech March 11, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Ericsson and Philips have united to brighten cities and provide mobile broadband connectivity through smart street lighting called "Zero Site".

Zero Site, a connected lighting solution, integrates telecom equipment into light poles, enabling telecom operators to improve mobile network performance while reducing urban clutter. 
Citizens will benefit from improved mobile network coverage for data communications and enhanced safety with brighter.
The partnership solves two major issues that cities are facing today: providing citizens with improved network performance in dense urban areas and having high quality, public lighting that is energy efficient.
Philips and Ericsson combine the benefits of mobile connectivity and LED lighting in a ‘’lighting-as-a-service’’ model for cities. 
It allows city authorities to offer space within their connected lighting poles to network service providers for mobile broadband infrastructure. 
Philips will now offer cities LED street lighting that can include mobile telecoms equipment from Ericsson.
Mobile operators working with Ericsson for mobile broadband infrastructure will be able to rent space in the poles. 
In this way, mobile network operators will be able to improve data coverage and capacity for citizens, resulting in enhanced mobile broadband services. 
The model also accelerates the payback time for city infrastructure, by making the up-front costs of installing and managing these systems more affordable, thereby reducing the strain on city budgets.
Ericsson’s president and chief executive officer Hans Vestberg said this was a tremendous solution using information and communication technology and partnerships to address the mega-trend of urbanisation. 
Philips’ president and chief executive officer Frans van Houten said the new connected LED street lighting model was another example of the company bringing the Internet of Things to life and it demonstrated the capabilities of light beyond illumination. 
“We are offering lighting as a service that scales with a city’s needs and enables city officials to offer their citizens a more connected, energy efficient and safer urban environment, while preserving existing budgets and resources to improve the liveability of their city,” Houten said.