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The city of San Diego in California, US, has joined forces with GE Lighting on a pilot of its Intelligent Cities lighting technology that will help the city improve traffic.

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer said: "San Diego has proven that smart infrastructure saves energy and taxpayer dollars.

"We believe that the Intelligent Cities partnership will help us go further in creating truly intelligent infrastructure that helps us improve services to the public."

The partnership on the software-defined Intelligent Cities technology is set to explore new sensors and GE’s software platform Predix for the industrial internet.

Predix will help in advanced lighting control optimise traffic and parking, as well as environmental monitoring and analysis.

"This is a transformational moment for GE."

GE Lighting president and CEO Maryrose Sylvester said: "This is a transformational moment for GE, as we continue to build upon big data analytics to provide value and significant outcomes for our customers."

Expected to begin in mid-2015, the project work will focus on an assessment of a portion of LED streetlights and sensors that are located throughout San Diego.

Last year, San Diego used GE’s LED lighting fixtures with LightGrid outdoor wireless controls technology.

Deployed on more than 3,000 city streetlights, the technology is claimed to have saved the city more than $254,000 a year in energy and maintenance costs.

Image: The project work will focus on an assessment of a portion of LED streetlights located throughout San Diego. Photo: courtesy of Feelart on