NYPA partners with Signify to connect half a million streetlights for Smart Street Lighting NY

    June 18, 2020


    Eindhoven, the Netherlands – The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has partnered with Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, to support Smart Street Lighting NY. The project, launched in early 2018 by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, aims to replace at least half of the more than one million streetlights in the State of New York with energy-efficient and sustainable alternatives. Through the program, NYPA provides financial, logistical, technical, and informational support for cities who want to upgrade their street lighting systems. With connected LED luminaires and Signify’s Interact City IoT lighting system, cities can reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint, and make cities more livable and safer for its citizens. To date, more than 50,000 LED streetlights have been installed or are currently being installed under the program.


    The collaboration between NYPA and a growing number of municipalities in New York State demonstrates the important role that connected street lighting can play in building smart city infrastructure.

    In addition to illumining roadways, street lighting systems are essential vertical assets in smart city deployments. Municipalities can save money on their utility bills and maintenance costs by adopting connected LED lighting while leveraging the value of their street lighting systems for additional benefits.”


    Gil Quiniones

    NYPA president and CEO

    Abebe Woldemariam, street lighting program coordinator for the city of Rochester, describes some of the many benefits of Interact City. “The platform opens up a variety of options for city maintenance and governance,” Woldemariam said. “With Interact City, we can now remotely monitor the system via a central dashboard, identifying required maintenance very quickly. Should any glitch occur, the system pro-actively prompts managers even before our residents have noticed, and that’s a big plus.”


    As part of the project, NYPA devised an innovative financing model that offers municipalities low-rate loans for lighting conversions, including the option to buy the physical street lighting assets from local utilities. Signify acts not only as a tech provider, but as a trusted advisor to and strategic partner of both NYPA and participating municipal governments.


    “Urbanization, digitalization and sustainability continue to drive key actions associated with Smart City engagement, even in today’s climate. With this in mind, Signify is extremely excited to be partnering with NYPA to support the delivery of our connected lighting systems and to benefit the people in the towns and cities of New York above and beyond pure illumination,” said Martin Stephenson, Head of North Americas Systems & Services, Signify. “Through NYPA and Signify’s shared vision, communities can improve light quality, generate significant energy savings, and improve citizen safety and wellbeing using leading edge technologies.” 

    Making cities more livable and safer with a connected infrastructure

    While lighting is only one aspect of a total smart city ecosystem, it can lay the groundwork for city-wide connected infrastructure. Once connected streetlights are installed and managed with Interact City, a municipality can add sensors to monitor various aspects of the system and environment, improving urban quality of life and management. By deploying streetlight tilt/vibration and noise sensors on connected streetlights, for example, the city municipality can help protect roads and drivers by rectifying streetlights and poles when they are out of position and identify areas where noise reduction measures are needed. With its open APIs, Interact City can share data collected via sensors with the IT systems of firefighters, emergency medical services, and other first responders, enabling them to react more quickly when incidents occur. In addition, streetlight smart poles like BrightSites, can serve as suitable places on which to hang cellular equipment bundles and host Wi-Fi transmitters for online access or even act as charging stations for electronic vehicles.

    Signify’s development of connected lighting systems, including Interact City, is based on a certified secure development process which has been awarded the security certification by DEKRA (IEC62443-4-1).
    For more information about Smart Street Lighting NY and Signify’s Interact City connected lighting software, read the case study: “Street lighting for the people, of the people, and by the people.”

    Join NYPA, Signify, The Climate Group and Northeast Group for a webinar titled “LED Scale-Up: Smart Infrastructure” taking place June 24, 2020 at 12 p.m. EDT.

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    For further information, please contact:

    Signify Global Media relations - Professional Lighting

    Wendy Schellens

    Tel: +31 6 51 863 401



    Signify US
    Beth Brenner
    Tel: +1 215 595 3102


    Paul DeMichele
    Tel: +1 914 390 8186

    About Signify


    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals, consumers and the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. In 2023, we had sales of EUR 6.7 billion, approximately 32,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for seven consecutive years and have achieved the EcoVadis Platinum rating for four consecutive years, placing Signify in the top one percent of companies assessed. News from Signify can be found in the Newsroom, on X, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors is located on the Investor Relations page.

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