SAP and Philips join forces to create smarter cities


A new partnership between SAP and Philips will help to improve city planning and to reduce both city expenses and energy consumption by combining real-time intelligence from SAP HANA and Philips CityTouch remote street lighting management system.

The partnership was kicked off in Buenos Aires, which manages more than 700,000 city assets, including streetlights, parks, bus stops, buildings and bridges. It has managed to increase operational efficiency, realise energy savings of more than 50 per cent and improve both safety and quality of life for its 13 million residents.

Philips has been working to replace 91,000 streetlights in Buenos Aires with LED lights. Remote management of each streetlight is achieved with Philips’ CityTouch system, which works directly with SAP HANA to adjust lighting levels remotely, reducing both energy consumption and maintenance costs.

The partnership creates a single integrated city dashboard to manage a range of city assets including street lighting, parking and traffic controls.

“SAP is pleased to work with Philips to make Buenos Aires Latin America’s pioneer in becoming a leading digital city, where real-time analytics and prediction drive better city services in areas such as lighting, sustainability and efficiency,” said Sean Patrick O’Brien, global lead, SAP future cities, SAP.

Buenos Aires is just the starting point. “More than 4000 regional, local and city organisations use SAP today, and with this agreement we can jointly expand on our commitment to improve the quality of lives for our customers and citizens,” said O’Brien.

“As less than 1 per cent of the world’s streetlights are connected, we have a tremendous opportunity to help cities follow Buenos Aires’ lead and join the other 30 countries worldwide who have implemented Philips’ CityTouch,” said Bill Bien, SVP, head of strategy and marketing, Philips Lighting. “Together with SAP, we can rapidly transform the world’s cities into smart cities and help them address a wide range of needs caused by urban expansion and population growth, unlocking the benefits of light beyond illumination.”

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