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Back to the future. Philips equips three historic Italian towns with state-of-the-art connected LED street lighting

  • 7000 connected LED street lights installed to enhance visibility and safety of Città Sant’Angelo, Cison di Valmarino and Varmo, three picturesque Italian towns popular with tourists

  • Philips CityTouch lighting management system combined with LED delivers 70% energy savings over conventional lighting

Streets_Image_PhiliRome, Italy – Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) the global leader in lighting has installed its Philips CityTouch remote street lighting management system across three historic towns in Italy to streamline monitoring and control of 7000 Philips LED connected street lights and enable energy savings of up to 80%.

The towns of Citta Sant’Angelo, Cison di Valmarino and Varmo are popular tourist destinations for their picturesque architecture, culinary traditions, history and now, also, for their state-of-the-art connected lighting systems. The three projects required a careful negotiation of ancient and modern design to complement the aesthetics of each town’s historic architecture, leaving the charm of the old town intact. The LED light fixtures also reduce light pollution making the night sky sparkle brighter while making the streets safer to navigate.

 The Mayor of Città Sant’Angelo, a town of 15000 inhabitants in the Pescara province of Italy that counts among the “borghi piu belli d’italia” (the most beautiful towns of Italy) was looking for an efficient and elegant lighting solution to reduce the town’s energy bill. Philips retrofit LEDs were fitted into classical fixtures along pedestrian streets and across the city center, leaving the charm of the old town unchanged. The LED lighting combined with Philips’ CityTouch remote lighting management system to control and monitor all 3,600 fixtures on a single dashboard delivered 76% savings in energy consumption.

 The town of Varmo in the Italian province of Udine replaced its 900 street lights with Philips CityTouch-ready LED fixtures – and benefitted almost instantly with 60% savings in energy consumption. Philips CityTouch-ready fixtures allow streetlights to be instantly connected to a remote lighting management system over wireless GPRS networks instead of local Radio Frequency (RF) networks. This enables swift and cost effective deployment of connected street lighting, reducing commissioning time from several weeks to a single day.

Cristina Pin, Mayor of Cison di Valmarino, commented: “The Philips CityTouch system, adopted by the town of Cison di Valmarino, is a perfect example of how it is possible to do something tangible for the benefit of people and the environment. First and foremost, the project has increased people’s awareness of the need for good lighting. The new white lighting has also enhanced the mediaeval village and its unique landscape, creating a magical atmosphere.”

About Royal Philips

 Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2014 sales of EUR 21.4 billion and employs approximately 105,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare


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