Mayor Faulconer Announces Partnership with GE to Improve Traffic, Reduce Energy Use and Costs
On February 9, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced that the City of San Diego is the world’s first city to partner with GE Lighting on a pilot of its Intelligent Cities platform—a software-defined lighting technology that will help San Diego solve some of the city’s infrastructure challenges.
“San Diego has proven that smart infrastructure saves energy and taxpayer dollars,” said San Diego Mayor Faulconer. “We believe that the Intelligent Cities partnership will help us go further in creating truly intelligent infrastructure that helps us improve services to the public.”
“We’re very proud to be collaborating with San Diego once again, connecting the city to the Industrial Internet,” said Maryrose Sylvester, President and CEO of GE Lighting. “This is a transformational moment for GE, as we continue to build upon big data analytics to provide value and significant outcomes for our customers.”
The Intelligent Cities partnership will explore enhanced sensors and Predix®—GE’s software platform for the Industrial Internet which allows for advanced lighting control, traffic and parking optimization, and environmental monitoring and analysis. The work on the project, expected to begin in the spring, will focus on an assessment of a portion of LED street lights and sensors located throughout the city.
Last year, San Diego became the first U.S. city to widely use GE’s LED lighting fixtures with LightGrid™ outdoor wireless controls technology. The technology, deployed on more than 3,000 city street lights, saves the city more than $254,000 annually in energy and maintenance costs.