Current San Diego Smart City

The City of San Diego’s recently announced Smart City platform from Current – powered by GE – will be supported by technology from a local company: San Diego-based Proximetry, which was recently acquired by relayr, Current’s CityIQ platform, powered by Predix*, GE’s platform for the Industrial internet of Things, will use relayr’s Proximetry technology for device management in San Diego.

“San Diego companies are powering the Internet of Everything so it comes as no surprise that our smart streetlight network includes Proximetry device management from a local partner, relayr,” says San Diego Deputy Chief Operating Officer David Graham. “Current’s CityIQ platform is empowering city decision-makers and residents to improve the way we live, make us more safe and help the environment.”

Along with a 14,000-street light upgrade to Current LED technology, 3,200 CityIQ sensor nodes will be deployed across the city beginning in July. The universal nodes will use sensors to collect valuable metadata from the environment that can be used to improve parking, air quality, emergency response times and more.

“GE is bringing the best technology together to make this installation a success,” said Austin Ashe, General Manager of Intelligent Cities, Current. “When we discovered the local talent and capabilities of Proximetry, we immediately wanted their technology running on our platform to give us enhanced performance.”

Josef Brunner, CEO of relayr, stated, “With our offices in San Diego, the home and birth-place of our newly acquired Proximetry device management technology, we are proud to be a part of the San Diego Smart City efforts. Working also with the Cities of London and Paris, and other cities on their Smart Cities Internet of Things initiatives, I can say from first hand, that San Diego is one of the fastest and first cities to execute on this promise on such a large scale.”

In terms of the benefits of the solution, the city estimates cost reduction of power alone at $2.4 million annually. Added to this are the savings in fuel consumption and traffic accidents, due to faster and more efficient parking and less traffic congestion, as well as cost savings due to expected crime reduction. And there are long term benefits to be measured from better air and environmental quality on lowering health care costs.