Smart poles:
to brighten cities and serve as digital real estate for the IoT in smart cities.

Philips and Ericsson cooperate on telco-integrated smart city lighting infrastructure. With co-created Philips lightpole site we provide mobile broadband connectivity through smart city lighting. The pilots, Los Angeles and San Jose have taken a major step in the evolution of the connected smart city.


Philips lightpole site serve both as important connected light source which can be remotely managed, and Wi-Fi hotspot that improve mobile network performance across the city. Because they are a 2-in-1 solution – a connected device that also provides necessary light without taking up extra space – Philips lightpole site create digital real estate for the IoT in smart cities.


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  • 2-in-1 solution that takes up no extra space
  • Improved mobile network performance
  • Capable of housing additional services in the future 
  • Enhanced mobile broadband user experience
The Philips lightpole site initiative provides the City of San Jose with a unique win-win-win: more energy conservation, reduced expenditures  on energy and maintenance, implementation of LED lighting on dark city streets, and an enhanced broadband experience  for our residents.”

Sam Liccardo

Mayor of San Jose, California, USA

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Evolving applications,
Los Angeles

"There is a lot more that can be achieved using the street lighting infrastructure, in addition to providing lighting for the citizens.” Ed Ebrahimian, Director, Bureau of Street Lighting, City of Los Angeles.

Philips Lighting created a pilot program that uses an open systems approach to leverage the city’s connected street lighting infrastructure:

San Francisco

In 2011, the non-profit arts organization, ILLUMINATE, collaborated with the California Department of Transportation, and artist Leo Villareal to create a stunning display of light on the San Francisco -Oakland Bay Bridge. Unveiled in 2013 and originally intended as a short-term installation, The Bay Lights became a global attraction. Before going live, it was dubbed by Hemispheres magazine as “the number one thing to see in the world during 2013.”


The Indonesian city has taken a major step towards reaching its smart city goals thanks to the recent installation of Philips CityTouch and upgraded LED lighting, resulting in increased energy savings and lowered operational costs.


Utilizing the CityTouch workflow app, which designed exclusively for lighting, officials of the city of Siegburg, Germany, are now able to efficiently streamline workflows, improve maintenance response times, and more.

Los Angeles


With more than half of its street lights already converted to LED, the city of Los Angeles connects 110,000 light points using Philips CityTouch and connector nodes with plug-and-play activation. With its new lighting management system, Los Angeles is a on its way to becoming a smart city.

Buenos Aires

"In addition to enabling energy savings, CityTouch provides our customers with unique, flexible, sustainable, and integrated lighting management solutions."

Gustavo Verna, CEO Philips Argentina

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