Problem: conventional legacy street lights in cities worldwide consume a large portion of a city’s energy budget, break down frequently, and require extensive maintenance costs.
Solution: adopting network-based LED streetlights provides an energy-saving solution that can also help mitigate maintenance lags and urban light pollution.
- Chicago is replacing more than 250,000 (approximately 85% of the city) streetlights with smart LED units that promises to reduce energy consumption of existing lights by 50 to 75%.
- The lights are connected by an IoT network that will enable dimming and brightening control and status monitoring to facilitate proactive maintenance and quicker responses for repairs.
- Silver Spring Networks is an IoT network provider that was chosen by the city to partner with renewable energy company Ameresco. Silver Spring is providing similar street light modernization solutions to Paris, London, and other cities worldwide.
- city and local government transportation/maintenance departments
- utility companies
- IoT network service providers
First 3 steps:
- identify cities with outdated conventional street light infrastructure
- present to them the ROI case for adopting LED-based lighting connected by a smart network that allows for control of light output, saves annual energy consumption, and provides real-time communication of functionality for ease of maintenance
- seek out local energy utility that shares a similar vision for smart energy-saving street lighting solutions to partner with