Los Angeles to Deploy Smart Poles With
LED Lighting and 4G Mobile Data Transmission
> IN THE DIGITAL AGE, innovation
happens quickly and on many fronts.
City governments have been some of
the biggest agents of this innovation,
and the city of Los Angeles is a leader
In November, the city announced a
new project that showcases multiple
forms of technological innovation
integrated into one practical and
ubiquitous device. The city will be
installing 100 SmartPole streetlights that
integrate LED lighting and 4G wireless
The pole designs are the result of
a collaboration between two major
manufacturers in their respective fields.
The SmartPoles are a trademark product
of the lighting manufacturer, Philips. They
feature connected LED lighting that will
help the city illuminate its streets more
efficiently. The poles are also outfitted
with small cell technology from telecom
The integrated technology in the
poles will benefit the city in many ways.
According to Philips, the LEDs will save
the city up to 70 percent on energy costs,
plus additional savings on maintenance.
High-quality lighting will also improve
safety in neighborhoods and reduce
traffic accidents on city streets.
Amy Huntington, president of Philips
Lighting America, emphasized another
benefit, describing the LEDs “as the
The connected lights allow the city to
maintain and control lighting remotely
through a central software program.
Wireless connectivity also enables
the city to expand its broadband network
without erecting more cell towers.
According to Ericsson, cellular data traffic
is expected to grow nine times by 2020.
Adding more broadband capacity is both
a technical and geographic challenge
for carriers and municipal governments
that want their residents to be connected
without cluttering the urban landscape.
The SmartPoles help the city respond
to this challenge by, in the words of L.A.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, “taking advantage
of previously untapped real estate to give
our streets better broadband connectivity
and future-ready infrastructure.”
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