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Vodafone are partnering with Phillips Lighting to provide connected lighting

Mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone are to partner with Phillips Lighting as part of an agreement to become a global Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity partner.

The agreement will see vodafone manage connectivity for Phillips CityTouch lighting, a scheme that will allow city authorities worldwide to utilize smart street lighting systems.

Phillip's CityTouch lighting management system will make use of Vodafone's M2M connectivity to connect street lighting, every light will have a Vodafone SIM card and will allow the city authorities to monitor and manage street lights.

Phillips CityTouch Lighting

Vodafone M2M director Erik Brenneis has commented, "Lighting plays a key role in the smart city. Our agreement with Philips will see this technology transforming cities across the world backed by Vodafone’s world-leading innovation, technologies and networks."

The network operator claims that the new deal with Phillips could help local authorities to make savings of around 30-40 per cent on standard LED lighting spend. Another benefit will be a reduction in maintenance costs as the management system will give real time analysis on the status of each connected lights.

Phillips Lighting SVP and head of strategy and marketing Bill Bien has said that, "Just less than 12 per cent of the world’s street lights are LED and less than two per cent are connected."

Bien also added, "Robust, reliable wireless connectivity will help make this happen, linking streetlights with sensors, devices and management systems. By partnering with Vodafone we can work together to take light beyond illumination, helping to make cities more energy efficient, safer and ultimately more liveable."