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Smart Cities:

Connected public lighting

Infrastructures and services play a key role in enabling cities to flourish. To be successful, Smart Cities must create an open, intelligent network of resources with central, comprehensive management via integrated software platforms and apps.

Public lighting plays a unique role, because it transforms the visual appearance of places, and can make urban areas accessible, usable, and safe at night. More than other city service, public lighting is closely interwoven with a place’s identity and character.


Public lighting can also play a unique role in Smart Cities. Because it’s already installed people live, work, play, and travel, it can serve as the backbone for a common services management infrastructure. The resources on these pages show you how the integration of light and data can make your city a Smart City.

Lighting in Smart Cities – Articles and Videos

The Smart City
innovation, vitality,

and scale


While the challenges and complexity of cities can seem daunting, the innovations exist today that can make substantive, transformative changes to the cultural and economic paradigms. City resource networks need flexible interfaces to share data, achieve new levels of efficiency, maximize the effectiveness of the city services, and empower citizens.

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Nancy Clanton

Challenges faced
by smart cities


How can connected lighting serve as an enabler and catalyst for transitioning to a new era of city technologies? Philips Lighting’s Susanne Seitinger and Nancy Clanton, President of Clanton & Associates Lighting Design and Engineering discuss the challenges our urban areas face today.

The importance


Cities around the world are looking to innovate and adapt to the changing demands of an increasingly urbanized, globalized and digitalized world. SAP’s Sean O’Brian and Vodafone’s Cyril Deschanel show how their companies’ are working to help cities better serve their citizens.

The importance of Partnerships

Design trends
shaping cities


How can designers can create products and services that mesh with human behavior, aid in solving our problems, and live up to current societal trends? Architect, urban designer and developer Guy Perry expands on this theme, sharing his experiences researching cities and their impact on people’s well-being.

Guy Perry

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