GE Wins Gold at International Edison Awards Ceremony

EAST CLEVELAND, OhioGE Lighting has been honored with a Gold Edison Award for its LightGrid™ Outdoor Wireless Control System, a groundbreaking solution for street and roadway lights that allows remote operation and fixture monitoring to save and manage energy. GE received the award, acknowledging outstanding Energy Management and Conservation, at a gala in New York City on April 23, 2015.

The Edison Awards have recognized and honored some of the most innovative new products, services and business leaders in the world since being founded in 1987. The awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison, and are among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation. Award winners represent “game changing” products, services and excellence and leadership in innovation around four criteria: Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact.

“GE is honored to receive this prestigious Gold Edison Award for LightGrid technology, and we are thrilled and encouraged to be recognized as a global leader in Energy Management and Conservation,” said Rick Freeman, Global Product General Manager for Intelligent Devices. “LightGrid offers countless benefits to municipalities, and is the first step to harness the power of light to help cities operate smarter and more efficiently. We are honored that the Edison Awards judges recognized the value of this GE technology.”

Cities including San Diego have already seen the benefits of LightGrid, allowing for energy and maintenance savings in addition to more than $250,000 annual savings with the installation of GE Evolve™ LED street lights.

With GE Lighting’s central management software, LightGrid can report energy usage and other operational data of street lights to a central database. A Web-based interface linked to the lighting controls allows authorized users to remotely visualize real-time performance of their outdoor lighting system. GPS in the lighting controls allows municipalities to instantly identify usage and performance of street lights in specific locations. Then, they can activate more precise ‘on/off’ and street light dimming schedules, particularly in low-traffic areas and during the night. Additionally, the one-piece lighting control simply connects to the external socket of the street light and doesn’t require any internal fixture change.

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