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Philips and MIT to explore connected lighting innovations


May 20, 2015
By Renée Francoeur
Henk van Houten

May 20, 2015 – Philips and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have signed a five-year research alliance, aimed at developing digital connected lighting systems.

Philips’ research center will be moved to Cambridge, Mass., allowing the company to collaborate with other institutes and partner companies, and is within close proximity of the MIT campus.

The collaboration will explore the advancement of energy-efficient lighting systems and services for densely populated cities. Philips said it recently announced innovations in connected, cloud-based LED lighting for the city of Los Angeles and the new NY bridge across the Hudson River in New York, and will explore new ways to exploit the digitization of lighting.

“The Boston area is rich with innovative talent that is regularly applying new thinking to solving big societal issues and developing disruptive technologies that can address those issues in new ways; it’s a culture and vision that is very much in line with that of Philips,” said Henk van Houten, global head of Philips Research. “By moving to Cambridge and collaborating with MIT, its staff and its partners […] we will explore advancements in connected lighting systems that can improve energy-efficiency, safety, productivity and quality of people’s daily lives.”

The partnership will also focus on HealthTech solutions.

With a total budget of $25 million US for the five-year term, Philips said this is the largest research alliance undertaken by the company in the region. It is part of a broader Philips strategy to accelerate innovation and business growth, the company added.