Philips launched its innovative remote lighting management system, CityTouch, which uses mobile and cloud-based technologies to control street lighting, in the Middle East.
The new technology supports today’s vision on sustainability and livable cities. The lighting solution enables cities to save energy, reduces maintenance, and improves safety on streets, due to better visibility, and enhances operational efficiencies.
Part of the CityTouch solution is CityTouch connect application (app), a remote lighting management system that acts as the control center for adjusting and monitoring city lighting.
It communicates with various assets of the lighting system via the public mobile communications network – interactively and reliably. Once installed, it allows users to control all connected lights via the app, which offers information relating to the functionality of each individual light fixture, from energy consumption to faults.
“The Gulf region has been at the forefront of smart city innovations that support visions for sustainable futures and livable cities,” said Rami Hajjar, general manager Lighting Solutions Middle East. “With sustainability high on the agenda of governments throughout the Gulf, and a growing drive towards the evolution of smart cities in countries such as the UAE and Qatar, the latest innovation from Philips offers a smart solution to the challenges of energy consumption that cities face due to urbanization.”
Cities consume more than 70% of the world’s energy supply, making energy efficient infrastructure more important than ever before. “Intelligent lighting is the future of sustainable city lighting. CityTouch connect app not only allows dynamic, intelligent and flexible control of street lighting with dimming control and schedule setting, it also provides the precise amount of light needed at any place and time, saving energy and providing the right level of visibility on the roads,” commented Hajjar.
While already in use in more than 31 countries the CityTouch solution has helped cities, such as Los Angeles and Madrid, to better manage their energy consumption, improve the city’s livability, and safety, and reduce their costs.
The smart “plug and play” approach, possible with the CityTouch Ready luminaire, not only reduces the cost of programming each fixture, it also reduces the time it takes to commission the CityTouch connect app from days to minutes by eliminating the need for on-site commissioning. Furthermore, the entire system can be securely controlled and managed remotely through any web browser.