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Szczecin: A Smart City
June 3, 2015   
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Philips is modernizing the street lighting system in the northwestern Polish city of Szczecin using “smart” LED solutions.

Polish cities are increasingly turning to new intelligent lighting and communication technologies to reduce their carbon footprint enhance the quality of life for residents.

One example is Szczecin, the largest city and capital of Poland’s West Pomerania province and the seventh most populous city in Poland, home to more than 408,000 residents. It aspires to be a “smart city” in the full sense of the word.
Szczecin is one of the three most cost-effective cities in Poland and one of the country’s top five in terms of economic growth potential, according to an fDi Intelligence report.

“For years we have been building our position not only as an attractive destination for investors and tourists, but also as a city safe and friendly to its own residents. That’s why we decided to radically change the city’s lighting system,” says Szczecin Mayor Piotr Krzystek. “Another important factor was financial support. We managed to secure co-financing for the modernization project from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management accounting for 45 percent of its total value.”

City Hall selected Philips to modernize the city’s street lighting system using LED solutions. By September this year, Philips is expected to replace 5,000 existing light points with new LED lights, which will enable the city to reduce the cost of electricity consumption by zl.1.5 million annually. The project is being carried out as part of the Energy-Efficient Street Lighting program run by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.

Almost half of the modernized lighting system will be connected to the Philips City Touch remote lighting management system, leading to a 70 percent reduction in consumption and reducing CO2 emissions by 7,000 tons a year. Individual streetlamps can be turned on and off as needed or dimmed at any time, depending on the time of day or season, as well as during scheduled events taking place in the city. At the same time, white LED light will make Szczecin’s architecture, parks, and squares look more beautiful and better illuminated, while reducing costs.

“We are looking for solutions to support the development of the city in keeping with the forward-looking Smart City concept,” said Krzystek. “We are happy that we are implementing the Philips City Touch intelligent system. When modernized, the street lighting system will strengthen our position, highlight the beauty of the city, increase the sense of security for residents and tourists, and improve visibility on the roads. At the same time, we are significantly reducing electricity consumption and generating financial savings.”

Why LED technology?

The use of LED technology makes it possible to save up to 50 percent of the electricity consumed by the previous sodium lighting system. The new lighting can be switched on and off as needed to adjust to conditions. The installation of modern LUMA lights is expected to reduce energy consumption, which will directly translate into reduced carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 7,000 tons per year, a significant achievement that supports the European goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030 compared with 1990.

The Philips City Touch system makes it possible to control individual light points, building a smart grid that will allow the city to control and manage lighting on the main streets in the center where traffic is the heaviest.

Bogdan Rogala, Vice President of Philips Lighting in Poland, said, “Smart lighting systems are an integral part of the cities of the future, which are developing in line with the Smart City concept. Smart lighting systems are one of the pillars of the sustainable economic development of cities. They not only make it possible to achieve a high level of reliability and energy efficiency, but substantially increase the level of street safety, improve the esthetics of a city and make it friendly to local residents and tourists.”

The new Philips LED lighting system will enhance the attractiveness of urban spaces and enable residents and tourists to explore the city’s charms even after dark. The modernization project will also produce zl.1.5 million in savings a year and 20 percent of extra savings through flexible intelligent lighting management. The new system will also enable automatic data monitoring and improve traffic safety.

Photos by Jacek Bakutis

Szczecin is the first Polish city to be installing the Philips City Touch system, which will make it possible to reduce energy consumption by up to 70 percent. A total of 5,000 energy-efficient LED Philips lights will be installed in Szczecin. Almost half of the modernized light points will be connected to the Philips City Touch remote lighting management system, which will increase residential safety.
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