Ericsson, Philips team with San Jose on LED light pole project

San Jose, Calif., is the latest city to announce plans to deploy LED light poles with small cells to reduce energy consumption and improve wireless coverage.  San Jose said it plans to pilot project that includes the deployment of 50 LED light poles.

Phillips and City of San Jose partner to deploy Philips SmartPoles.

Specifically, San Jose will deploy the Philips SmartPoles, which combine LED lighting with an LTE small cell from Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) .The pilot was initiated by the city's Demonstration Partnership Policy with the goal of testing the city's backbone technology as part of its effort to transform into a smart city, save energy and provide better lighting on streets.

San Jose's utility company, the PG&E and its metering engineering team collaborated with Philips to deploy the SmartPoles. The PG&E will measure the amount of electricity used by the mobile network.  

"The SmartPole 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," said Mayor Sam Liccardo in a statement on the project.

The Philips SmartPoles will be wireless connected along with 750 Philips RoadFocus LED luminaires. The SmartPoles are supposed to be 50 percent more energy efficient than conventional street lighting.

San Jose, of course, isn't the first city to announce the deployment of these LED light poles. In September, Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) said it will deploy 200 LED light poles from Ericsson and Philips that will reduce power consumption and contain a high-power small cell that will help Verizon increase its coverage in the Los Angeles market.

In addition, New York City officials recently said that they hope to replace a significant number of the city's 250,000 light poles with multi-tenant structures outfitted with small cells from the four wireless operators. The light poles also will have fiber connectivity for backhaul.

For more:
- see this press release

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