Vision, Innovation & Collaboration Brings Smart Cities to Life

Cities are currently home to more than half of the world’s population and they are expected to add another 2.5 billion new residents over the next 30 years. In anticipation of this growth, cities are turning to smart city applications to improve city operations, the quality of life for city residents and to foster economic development.

Most cities are still in the “innovator/early adopter” stage of adoption and struggle to fully understand the many products and technologies that make up the smart city ecosystem. In this dynamic environment, it can be complex to evaluate, fund, acquire, and deploy smart city applications.

To address this market need, CIMCON is establishing the NearSky™ Connect partner program to bring together like-minded, convergent companies to deliver market-ready solutions that address the challenges that cities face. Together members of NearSky Connect serve as a resource for cities by bringing together complimentary technologies, devices, and applications that enable a city to achieve the vision of a smart city, namely, increased operational efficiency, reduced energy costs, greater environmental sustainability, and improved public safety and quality of life.

The NearSky Connect is centered around CIMCON Lighting’s NearSky platform, which transforms a city’s existing streetlight infrastructure into a city-wide network of connected outdoor digital assets – or an Internet of Outdoor Things. Through this network, cities can monitor, meter, manage and monetize the streetlight and other assets affixed to or located near the streetlight pole.

NearSky Connect companies bring together their expertise in presenting cities with high-quality solutions to achieve their goals/mission of becoming a smart city. Through NearSky Connect, member companies will not only be able to accelerate their entrance into the market but will have the opportunity to engage with others to leverage their expertise, allowing them to potentially co-create new products and services that go well beyond what they could have individually conceptualized or developed. The result is that companies can now team with other members to approach a city and present a unified solution, thereby removing the need for a city or utility to spend time and resources in evaluating individual resources. The point is to help cities accelerate their digital transformation and more rapidly reap the benefits of smart city applications.

Benefits of Memberships

  • Acquisition of new customers and increased market share through easier access to city and utility decision makers
  • Access to new or previously unknown product partners
  • Ability to increase revenue through partnerships that engage in resource sharing and co-marketing initiatives
  • Deliver more robust, stickier solutions
  • Geographic expansion
  • Access thought leadership in multiple new areas

Why CIMCON’s NearSky Connect

As the leading provider in intelligent lighting and smart city technologies with installations in 100+ cities in over 21 countries and established relationships with many companies including Cisco®, Itron® and Trilliant, CIMCON has the experience, expertise and vision to bring organizations together in a collaborative manner to expand the opportunities for members of the Connect while providing cities with an easier path to “smart”.

Collaborative Members Sought

NearSky Connect is seeking members from the following segments:

  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Mobility
  • Environment
  • Software Platforms
  • Funding
  • Public Safety
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • Infrastructure
  • Engagement and Community
  • Other

For additional information on NearSky Connect, please email