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Cisco and Sensity to use lighting infrastructure for smart city services

Iain Morris
October 21, 2014

Cisco has teamed up with smart lighting specialist Sensity Systems to develop a technology that will convert city lighting infrastructure into a platform for other smart city applications in areas such as smart parking, lighting, retail analytics and public safety and security.

Applications such as smart lighting could deliver huge savings on energy costs to city authorities by, for instance, allowing street lighting to power down when there are no vehicles or pedestrians in the area.

The strategic tie-up between Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) and Sensity (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) will see the internet equipment giant use Sensity’s NetSense platform as a foundation for its City Infrastructure Management software.

“Our strategic relationship with Sensity marks a defining moment in our journey of innovation in the Internet of Things and the Internet of Everything,” said Wim Elfrink, Cisco’s executive vice president of industry solutions and chief globalization officer.

“We share a common vision with Sensity, recognizing that smart lighting is just the tip of the iceberg,” he added. “This new platform will create enormous potential for cities as they continue to roll out a platform that can deliver multiple applications and services, all using a common set of sensors, analytics and network for greater productivity, efficiency and public safety.”

Sensity says that more than four billion high-wattage lights in the world are being converted to LEDs, arguing there is “unique opportunity” to create a distributed sensor network on top of this lighting infrastructure.

“We are pleased that Cisco is utilizing our Light Sensory network vision embodied by our NetSense platform,” said Hugh Martin, the chairman and chief executive of Sensity. “One platform, one network in an existing infrastructure will make IoT a reality, globally.”

“By combining our sensors and analytics in Cisco’s wireless communications, embedded in LED light fixtures, as a distributed sensing platform, we can deliver on the promise of IoT,” he added.

Cisco and Sensity claimed to have deployed a so-called Light Sensory Network at the Internet of Things Forum being hosted in Chicago in mid-October.

The conference is aimed at showing how the IoT can provide solutions to real-world problems like transportation, parking and energy efficiency.
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