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available for street lights, most notably LEDs. The market for these lamps is also in a period of transition. Dramatically falling costs and rising efficiencies of LED lamps are driving up sales. Costs have fallen as much as 50 percent over the last 18 months and are expected to continue falling for years to come.


LED lamps allow for better dimming control than standard street lights, and their electronics allow for easy integration of control nodes. Rising sales of LED lamps will therefore drive up the adoption of smart street lighting systems.


Group inauguration by European Commissioners Antonio Tajani from DG Enterprise, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn from DG Research, and Johannes Hahn from DG Regio. Drew Nelson, President of EPIC, represents the photonics industry


“I will be a vigorous supporter and promoter of KETs at regional, national, and European level and take every opportunity to help design and implement policies to help the competitiveness of Europe through the rapid deployment of KETs,” states Nelson. “I expect from the KET high level group that it is able to persuade the European Commission through evidence based examples and debate to adapt EU policies throughout each Directorate General that fully support KETs implementation throughout Europe.”


The expert group advises the European Commission on KETs related policy issues, follows up the implementation of the European strategy for KETs adopted by the European Commission on 26th June 2012, and promotes the development of KETs policies by the Member States.


Carlos Lee, Director General of EPIC, is a member of the working group on “Promotion and Implementation of KETs Policies at National and Regional Level.” “KETs offer a fantastic opportunity for all of Europe, we must explore and embrace its potential. Especially in Photonics, there are many opportunities ahead of us,” he says.


Pike: Start-up LED lighting companies suffering


The combination of costs having fallen 50 percent in the last 18 months and the rising efficiencies of LED lamps means a boost in chip sales


A number of small start-up companies have begun offering hardware and software products for smart street lighting systems.


According to Pike Research, in this challenging emerging market, many of these start-ups have already failed, others have been acquired by larger lighting companies, and a few are flourishing on their own.


Some of the larger control and lighting companies are developing their own products for this market, which will put pressure on smaller companies that have not yet secured a reliable revenue stream.


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Pike Research expects the market for smart street lighting to grow steadily over the remainder of this decade. Shipments of smart street lighting systems, which will be under 200 worldwide for 2012, will reach more than 1,100 in 2020. Shipments of communications nodes, meanwhile, will rise from 550,000 this year to 4.8 million in 2020.


New VP Linda Reinhard to


take sapphire forward at GT Reihard’s initial focus will be on growing sapphire material and the ASF equipment business which is primarily used by the LED industry


GT Advanced Technologies has appointed Linda Reinhard as vice president, new business development and product management for the company’s sapphire, DSS and HiCz products.


She will report to Dan Squiller, GT’s chief operating officer. Reinhard will be responsible for leading GT’s growth into new market segments and driving the product roadmap to capitalise on these new opportunities including sapphire for cover and touch screen applications.


“Linda brings deep experience and a proven track record in both product management and new business development,” says Dan Squiller, GT’s chief operating officer. “Linda’s initial focus will be on growing our sapphire material and ASF equipment business, particularly new opportunities in the cover and touch screen markets. She has extensive experience in Asia as well as in the mobile device segment which we believe could be a significant area of opportunity for our sapphire business. Linda will also drive our product management and new business development for HiCz and our traditional PV business.”


GT’s Advanced Sapphire Growth Furnaces (ASF) is a production proven furnace that produces high quality sapphire material for the LED industry.


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