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San Diego streetlights will get a high-tech makeover

New modification includes installation of 3,200 smart sensors, the largest in the world.
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GE Lighting North America News

On Wednesday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer will announce another high tech innovation in San Diego that no other city or country in the world can claim.

The City of San Diego is partnering with General Electric (GE) to not only upgrade streetlights, but modify them to create a connected digital network which will optimize parking and traffic, and enhance public safety and track air quality.

This modification includes installation of 3,200 smart sensors, the largest in the world.

They will use real-time anonymous sensor data to help drivers find parking spaces, direct emergency vehicles and identify intersections that need improvement for pedestrians and cyclists.

This digital upgrade will also include the replacement of 14,000 streetlights with energy efficient versions, lowering the city’s annual energy costs by $2.4 million.

The streetlights can also be controlled manually or automatically to dim or brighten public venues depending on natural light conditions.