World : San Diego to get $30 million smart city network

San Diego may be known for its vibrant tech start-up scene, but the city is set to become even smarter thanks to a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform.

The Southern California city has formed a partnership with Current, a connected tech company owned by GE, to install a sophisticated IoT network.

Current, which creates specialist intelligent systems for commercial and industrial entities, has announced it is to install 3,200 sensors in the city.

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Set to cost $30 million (£24.7 million), the network will enable the city to collect real-time sensor data to help it develop services and policies of benefit to its 1.4 million residents.

An open data platform, which will form an integral part of the implementation, will provide officials with an opportunity to increase safety, optimize municipal systems and create real-time environmental awareness.

As well as a focus on data, around 25 percent of the city’s outdoor lighting will also be upgraded through this project. Current has confirmed it is to install 14,000 new LED fixtures.

According to the company, this intelligent lighting network will help the city save an estimated $2.4 million in annual energy costs. Each fixture sports a system called LightGrid, which can be used to control and maintain the lights.

Source :

Smart Grid Bulletin February 2019

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