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Streetlight programme accelerates Illinois' smart cities

The deployment supports Illinois Commerce Commission’s objective to establish smart as the new standard for streetlighting

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ComEd delivers energy to four million customers in Chicago and northern Illinois
ComEd delivers energy to four million customers in Chicago and northern Illinois

ComEd, which delivers energy to more than four million customers in Chicago and northern Illinois and the smart network, meter, sensor and software provider, Itron, have announced an initiative to modernise municipal lighting and drive smart city development in northern Illinois.

 

Around 140,000 municipal smart streetlights across the energy provider’s service territory will be connected and managed via the Itron multi-application IPv6 networking platform that ComEd is using for a variety of smart grid applications.

 

Smart as the new standard

 

The smart streetlights will be managed using Itron’s Streetlight.Vision central management system through a software-as-a-service model. The initiative supports the Illinois Commerce Commission’s objective to establish "smart" as the new standard for all streetlights that ComEd owns in northern Illinois.

 

“By deploying an intelligent streetlight network across our service territory, we are helping reduce energy use for streetlights, saving money for our customers and setting the stage for smart city applications and services,” said Michelle Blaise, senior vice president, technical services, ComEd.

 

ComEd will take advantage of the solution to reduce the cost of managing and maintaining the lights and to enhance the quality of service, reliability for community members through remote brightening and dimming features.

“We look forward to our continued efforts with ComEd to help set the standard for smart utilities as we expand our reach into the broader industrial IoT segment”

“The state of Illinois is emerging as a model for how Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city deployments should be done, thanks in part to initiatives ComEd is driving,” said Sharelynn Moore, senior vice president of networked solutions at Itron.

 

“We are honoured to be able to take part in programmes that establish the foundation for achieving truly connected smart cities, and we look forward to our continued efforts with ComEd to help set the standard for smart utilities as we expand our reach into the broader industrial IoT segment.”

 

This programme represents another milestone in ComEd’s efforts to transform the electric system serving 70 per cent of Illinois. Since 2013, Silver Spring Networks, which was acquired by Itron, has collaborated with ComEd to deploy smart grid investments authorised by the Energy Infrastructure Modernisation Act, or Smart Grid Law, enacted in 2011.

 

This includes the communications system that supports the network of more than four million smart meters that have been installed in the ComEd region.

 

ComEd has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to create a new model for how utilities and municipalities can work together to create greener, more resilient and sustainable communities, including the use of smart LED streetlights.

 

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