Heijmans and Philips start work on smart lighting in Eindhoven

Contract for 2030 Eindhoven City Lighting Roadmap has been awarded

October 14, 2016

The municipality of Eindhoven has awarded the contract for the 2030 Eindhoven City Lighting Roadmap ('Roadmap Urban Lighting Eindhoven 2030') to the Philips Lighting/Heijmans consortium. This is the outcome of the innovative European call for tenders issued by the municipality of Eindhoven. On Thursday October 13 Frank van der Vloed (Philips Lighting), Ine Frings (Heijmans) and vice-mayor Mary-Ann Schreurs (Gemeente Eindhoven) signed the contract, which will run for a period of 15 years. The project encompasses the co-creational development of innovative (lighting) applications in the public space, as well as the maintenance and management of the public lighting within the municipality.

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In the second half of 2016 the consortium will start work in five pilot areas, working together with the various stakeholders.

Procurement based on ‘Best Value’

The municipality had already provisionally selected Heijmans and Philips last year on the basis of a procurement method known as ‘Best Value Procurement’. The underlying principle here is that the supplier with the highest level of expertise will be able to offer the best value for the client’s available budget. Heijmans and Philips stood out with their plans to replace the outdated public lighting with intelligent LED fixtures, their innovative approach and cooperation with residents, industry, government and knowledge institutes. In the first five years the consortium will start by working on the five selected pilot areas. After this period, the aim is to install innovative lighting applications in the rest of the city as well. The initial value of the contract amounts to several million euros, but it could run to tens of millions of euros.

Co-creative development in five pilot areas

The five pilot areas are: the John F. Kennedylaan-Eisenhowerlaan section of road, the Ring road, and the residential areas of Gijzenrooi, Schrijversbuurt and Woenselse Heide (West). In all areas the consortium will work very closely together with, amongst others, the municipality, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), residents and entrepreneurs. Together they will explore how the creation of a smart lighting grid with products and services connected to it can improve the living environment and the quality of life. This development is an important step for Eindhoven in implementing the ‘smart society’; a society in which local organizations work in co-creation and with the help of technology and design to improve the quality of life in the city.