Signify brightens Cologne route to smart city

  • April 14, 2020
  • imc

Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, is helping the city of Cologne, Germany, become a smart city by connecting all of its 85,000 light points to the Interact City lighting management system.
This should improve the safety and quality of life of the citizens of the Rhine metropolis, increase the city’s energy efficiency and reduce costs. The system can also accommodate the integration of sensors into the luminaires, providing data that offer environmental benefits that go beyond lighting.
RheinEnergie, which is responsible for the city’s lighting, plans to replace all the light points with connected luminaires within the next 15 years.
Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city, is one of the nation’s leading cities in the field of digitalisation. Together with energy partner RheinEnergie and other participating companies, associations and institutions, it is committed to becoming one of Germany’s first smart cities. That is why the city in January 2019 started to successively convert its more than 85,000 public lighting points to digital and networked lighting, connected to Interact City.
“Public lighting is essential for people to feel comfortable in a city,” said Andreas Cerbe, RheinEnergie’s network director. “This is why we have always been involved in this area in a variety of ways. In Signify, we have found a partner whose system can help us to drastically reduce the energy usage for urban lighting and at the same time keep Cologne shining in the best light.”
Interact City enables RheinEnergie to monitor and manage all the lights continuously from a single dashboard. This makes planning of maintenance and repairs more efficient and provides RheinEnergie with information and data on the performance and status of the light points for analyses, reports and evaluations. These operational benefits were key factors for Cologne’s leading energy supplier in choosing Signify.
Additionally, the system enables the integration of sensors on the luminaires, for example for measuring environmental data or traffic flows, thus providing reliable data for sustainable and future-oriented urban development.
Thanks to open interfaces (APIs), the system is also integrated into RheinEnergie’s SAP system, combining luminaire inventory data with RheinEnergie’s accounting and purchasing data. The Interact City connected lighting system thus offers cities such as Cologne a comprehensive and stable digital infrastructure for the various public systems and supports their path to becoming smart cities.
“We are proud that Cologne and RheinEnergie have chosen Signify for the digitalisation of their lighting,” said Karsten Vierke, market leader of Signify’s activities in the Dach region. “Together, we’re showing how connected lighting can play a central role in helping modern cities increase their attractiveness, improve the quality of life and become more sustainable.”
Interact City is a connected lighting system that allows public light points, such as streetlights, to be networked together and remotely monitored and controlled via a central dashboard. This enables cities and municipalities to control the lighting levels of light points individually and better manage their lighting assets.
A central aspect of city lighting is the safety and sense of security of the citizens. On top of preventing risks by illuminating lonely places such as parks or tunnels at night, connected lighting can also be adapted to special requirements and events. Lighting can be immediately adjusted to a brighter level if necessary, allowing the system to react to events that affect the safety of citizens. For example, the lighting can be turned up to help first responders responding to an emergency call.
Signify has already equipped several major cities worldwide with connected LED lighting and lighting management systems, for example Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Pune in India.