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Davos gets IoT lights in time for Trump and Thunberg

In Davos’ streets, Signify and long-standing partner Electron have replaced 500 of the 1,000 streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs.

THE SWISS city of Davos has upgraded its street lighting to wirelessly-controlled LED lighting in time for the arrival of the world business and political leaders, including Donald Trump and Greta Thunberg.

Environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg, top, is one of many political and business leaders who will descend on Davos this week. The streetlighting in the Swiss city is connected to a cloud-based, wireless connected lighting system, saving 72,300 kWH in energy per year.

In Davos’ streets, Signify and long-standing partner Electron have replaced 500 of the 1,000 streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs and connected 250 of those to its Interact City cloud-based, wireless connected lighting system, saving 72,300 kWH in energy per year.

The platform enables remote management of the streetlighting infrastructure, including individual and grouped control over the streetlights with just a few clicks, allowing the operator to easily maintain an overview even with a large number of lights.

The city plans to complete the installation in five to ten years.

The Congress Centre, where the World Economic Forum opens today, has also seen almost 900 lights upgraded.

This enables the city, which owns the Congress Centre, to save an additional 50,000 kWh in energy annually.

This reduces the Congress Centre’s carbon emissions by 28 tons per year, a reduction of 82 per cent.

Signify donated the equipment, including Philips GreenSpace Accent Projectors, Philips LuxSpace Accent Downlights, Philips GreenSpace compact downlights and Philips Master LED Spots.

On top of that, the entire light control system was replaced and prepared for future needs according to the Congress Centre’s requirements while remaining fully compatible with the current building management system.

‘We’re happy that the city that hosts the world’s leaders every year is taking such a major step forward,’ said Signify chief Eric Rondolat.

‘It’s encouraging to see this next move, but the world leaders that are gathered here this week should take note and realise that much more needs to be done if we want to achieve a carbon neutral world by 2050 at the very latest.

‘This really needs to be the tipping point as we enter the decade of climate action and start our race to the future.’

Rondolat will participate in the ‘Stimulating Circular innovation’ panel and ‘Helping Cities Transition to the Digital Age’ session on Wednesday January 22. He will also act as a moderator in the CEO Climate Leader session.

‘Our current economic model of take-make-waste is not sustainable. A switch to a circular economy is a key weapon in the fight against climate change,’ Rondolat said.

‘Take for instance our recent launch of 3D printing of luminaires for professionals and consumers,’ Rondolat added.

‘This technology consumes less energy in material extraction and manufacturing and has a 47 per cent lower carbon footprint compared to a conventionally manufactured metal luminaire.

‘And savings would even increase further if we print using recycled materials, like the luminaire made of 24 recycled CDs.’