The city of Essen has become smarter. This is made possible by 15 new intelligent streetlights, which E.ON, the city of Essen and the Essener Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft (EVV) have officially put into operation near the Philharmonic Hall and the Aalto Theater. The so-called smart poles not only provide light but can also serve as charging points for electric cars, enable intelligent parking space management via sensor technology, collect data on air quality or provide the area with fast Internet access via W-Lan routers.
E.ON is offering this innovative technology to cities and communities with the promise of improving the quality of life for citizens. Modern street lights bring digitalisation, sustainability and urban mobility to public areas. The integrated eChargers for e-cars also offer a solution for the expansion of charging points in cities. With this versatility, the Smart Poles promote the green restart of business and public life after the corona pandemic.
“With the so-called Smart Poles – i.e. intelligent street lights – E.ON has brought a future-proof technology to the streets in the truest sense of the word,” said Lord Mayor Thomas Kufen. “Thanks to the built-in sensor technology, they can provide digital data that we can use to make the environment intelligent and sustainable. We want to strengthen Essen as a location for innovation in the long term, and the topics of digitalisation and sustainability play a central role in this. That's why I'm delighted that the Smart Poles are now also being used in Essen as part of a pilot project.”
“With the Smart Poles, we are showing the infrastructure for the city of the future and how the digitization of the infrastructure can improve the quality of life of the people. Cities and municipalities are increasingly faced with the challenge of giving their citizens access to digitalization. As a partner, we at E.ON want to accompany municipalities on this path. I'm delighted that we can implement this innovative project in our home city of Essen,” said Johannes Teyssen, Chairman of the E.ON Board of Management.
Katherina Reiche, Chairwoman of the Management Board of innogy Westenergie: “Smart Poles are multi-talented. They are an excellent example of the new opportunities’ digitalization will give us today and in the future. With the Smart Poles, we are making life easier for citizens and providing them with real added value”.
Lars Martin Klieve, Managing Director of EVV and member of the Board of Management of Stadtwerke Essen: “For me, intelligent street lighting is a milestone on the path of connected.essen, as we call the smart city approach in our city. Everyday objects are charged with a variety of functionalities and thus help to continually improve urban life”.
E.ON operates 1.7 million light points in Germany and has decades of experience in street lighting in urban and rural areas. The new Smart Poles were presented today by Thomas Kufen, Johannes Teyssen, Lars Martin Klieve and Katherina Reiche, Chairwoman of the Board of Management of Westenergie. In Huyssenallee in Essen, Germany, E.ON has now installed its largest Smart Pole project in Germany to date. The Smart Poles will be equipped with various digital solutions: