Berlin/Darmstadt, January 24, 2018. Matthias Weis (43), senior manager at the South-German energy giant ENBW, is going to lead the newly founded Urban Lighting Innovations GmbH (that sounds good for me) seated in Berlin, Germany. As member of the [ui!] group, the new company is heading for market leadership in digitalization of lampposts worldwide. “Leading Urban Lighting Innovations is the logical next step to further capitalize on my experience. We will lead cities and communities into the new age of digital lighting and explore new opportunities for cities, technologically and financially”, said Weis.
[ui!], market leader of integrated smart city solutions, sees the foundation of Urban Lighting Innovations GmbH as an opportunity to bundle its competencies in integrated multifunctional street lighting and expand worldwide. [ui!] already assists customers in the digital transformation of street lighting both nationally and internationally. In March 2016, the first national standard for digital street lightning (DIN SPEC 91347) was developed through a process chaired by Professor Dr. Lutz Heuser, CEO and founder of [ui!]
„Today we made an important move towards the digitalization of our cities. With Urban Lighting Innovations GmbH and its future General Manager Matthias Weis we will strengthen our specialist competencies and offer them to producers and providers of street lightning“, said Heuser.
In upcoming years, more than 45 million street lights in Europe have to be changed or modernized. Three out of four street lamps are more than 25 years old -- a total of 60 million street lights. The old street lights consume too much energy. Worldwide over 73 million street lights have to be changed. But streetlighting will be much more than just light – With streetlighting as an integrated multi-functional street lighting infrastructure cities can create an unique digital infrastructure for the Smart City: from the simple street light to the integrated multi-functional street lighting infrastructure with public WLAN, possible sensors and electric car loading stations. Citizen can benefit from new services based on anonymous data such as improvement of traffic flow, health or environmental information.
About Matthias Weis:
Matthias Weis has more than 25 years experiences in the energy industry and is seen as a highly regarded expert on street lightning. In his role at Energie Baden-Württemberg (ENBW) he managed the development and the go-to-market of a new digital lamppost which opened the promising new business segment of infrastructure for the smart city at ENBW.
In 2012, Matthias Weis successfully managed the largest communal installation of sensor controlled street lightning („following light“). The worldwide first climate neutral light point was initiated by Weis. Matthias Weis, a professional electronic engineer for energy plants and business administrator, was recognized as a “Digital Leader” by the Federal Minister of Economy and Technology, Brigitte Zypries, in 2016. One year later, the German national business newspaper Handelsblatt acknowledged Weis as one of the 100 most intelligent people in Germany.