The City Of Paris aims to reduce its public lighting energy consumption by 30% over the next 10 years
The city of Paris aims to reduce its public lighting energy consumption by 30% over the next 10 years

In France, EVESA, the operator of street lighting and traffic control systems in Paris, has selected Silver Spring Networks to deploy a citywide canopy network.

The deal is part of a long-term effort to reduce its public lighting energy consumption by 30% over the next 10 years.

The deployment of the citywide canopy will connect above-ground and subterranean cabinet-based controllers for street and traffic lights across the city, Silver Spring confirmed.

Silver Spring’s network will cover several neighbourhoods in the city, including Louvre, Hôtel-de-Ville, Palais-Bourbon, Elysée, the Bourse, and remaining administrative districts.

Scott Lang, chairman, president and CEO of Silver Spring Networks, said: “With more than 2 million citizens and 16 million annual visitors, modernising the public lighting infrastructure for the ‘City of Lights’ while preserving its world-renowned aesthetic is a crucial undertaking.”

The partnership between EVESA and Silver Spring began in May 2013, with a project pilot that focused on a small portion of a central Paris neighbourhood along the Seine river in the north of France.

The Silver Spring’s smart city platform is aiding EVESA’s larger efficient lighting efforts including improving lighting infrastructure at famous city landmarks.

UK smart city programme

In addition to the California-based company’s work with EVESA, the city of Bristol in the UK has selected US company to deploy its standards-based IPv6 wireless network to connect smart sensors and existing assets as part of ‘Bristol is Open’ smart city programme.

The project aims to create a ‘living innovation lab’ by leveraging data generated from Silver Spring’s IPv6 network to allow start-ups, entrepreneurs and academics to develop prototypes for new smart city applications and services.

The platform, which is a joint venture between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol, will be used to connect Bristol City’s streetlights, creating an intelligent street lighting network.

According to Silver Spring statement, the same ‘network canopy’ will also be used for other smart city applications such as parking meters, traffic light and congestion sensors, safety cameras, air quality sensors, weather sensors, public transport sensors, remote personal healthcare monitors and acoustic detection.