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Cox Communications and the City of Henderson, Nev., have deployed “smart” lighting controls and 33 decorative and non-decorative lights, marking the first stage of their smart community collaboration. The deployment came through the Cox2M unit, which focuses on the internet of things (IoT).

The Cox2M IoT business launched in 2018, as Telecompetitor reported.

The one-year Henderson project launched Sept. 1. Though the pilot is small, it is designed to serve as a test of the overall value and impact of such installations as the city and Cox2M seek to address the issues of energy conservation, infrastructure management and workflow automation.

Data collected from the IoT sensors will be used to help the city make resource management decisions regarding energy consumption, which will be monitored via a single user interface, enabling municipal leaders to use quantitative data analysis to help with energy consumption decisions.

Cox and the city expect to announce additional projects for consumption management, parking management solutions and video analytics in the coming months.

“Given the economic circumstances, we are thrilled to get this project started,” said Robert Herr, chief infrastructure officer and assistant city manager, in a prepared statement about the Cox2M Henderson pilot. “We know the data derived from the smart lighting project will help our team address necessary efficient standards and create a more carbon-neutral future.”

“Smart lighting controls are a key element to an overall smart community ecosystem,” said Barak Weinisman, vice president, Cox2M and smart communities, in a prepared statement. “For Henderson, this is a huge step in the journey to a more data-driven society that benefits the community and businesses, alike.”

IotT and smart cities is a focus for cable companies and other network operators. Comcast has also launched it’s own IoT business unit with MachineQ.

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