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America’s smartest bridge to get connected lighting system

Industry first for integration of road and architectural lighting on New York’s largest ever bridge construction.

The most technologically advanced bridge in North America is to get the first ever connected LED lighting system for both its road and architectural lighting. It means all lighting can be controlled remotely from a single dashboard.

The new US$3.9bn Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, which is due to be completed in 2018, will combine energy efficient lighting with a cloud-based control system which means lighting can be changed to reflect special occasions such as holidays or wins by local sports teams. The control system and luminaires are from Philips Lighting.

The 3.1 mile long twin-span bridge, often called The New NY Bridge, is the biggest ever bridge construction for the city. The first span is scheduled to open in 2016.

Philips Lighting, Tappan Zee

Source: Business Wire

Philips Lighting will work with Tappan Zee Constructors to deploy a cloud-based, smart lighting system on the new Tappan Zee Bridge that combines architectural and roadway lighting

Tappan Zee Constructors lead project engineer for the systems group John Trinity said: “We wanted to ensure that everything on this bridge would be the most advanced technology possible, which is why we partnered with Philips on the cloud-based lighting system for the Tappan Zee.

“Not only is the new lighting system energy-efficient, it will help the Tappan Zee stand out in the night sky and further cement it as an iconic New York structure, while the roadway lighting will be an integral part of improving visibility and making it safer for drivers. Moreover, the control system will eliminate the need to worry about maintaining server hardware or software systems, while still ensuring uptime because we can remotely login to see if there are any issues, quickly and efficiently dispatching crews to address any concerns,” he added.

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