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Wednesday, 5.10.2022
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The city’s streetlights will be converted to energy-efficient LED technology with remote monitoring and control capabilities to reduce consumption and optimise operations.

Washington DC has approved a project to convert all the city’s streetlights to energy-efficient LED technology with remote monitoring and control capabilities as part of its smart city transformation project.

Smart lighting modernisation

Historically, the District of Columbia’s maintenance services department relies on its citizens to contact them to identify streetlight malfunctions with the current lighting based on older, high energy-consuming sodium lamps without remote monitoring.

The implementation consortium includes Engie North America, responsible for the design and construction, Equans, the lighting service provider for the next 15 years and Romanian-based Flashnet as the smart lighting solution provider, which includes hardware, communications and software. The city will install 75,000 inteliLIGHT streetlight controllers from Flashnet.

As well as optimise operations and reduce consumption, it is hoped the $309m transformation project will improve equity of service, and extend wifi coverage in underserved neighbourhoods.

The new LED streetlights in DC will use inteliLIGHT smart street lighting Nema controllers to provide individual lamp control and monitoring capabilities, city-wide grid awareness and real-time malfunction alerts. The project will use inteliLIGHT’s streetlight control software to manage the lighting and API connectivity to integrate with the existing maintenance and workforce management software.

The implementation team decided to use pre-existing carrier-grade NB-IoT / LTE-M connectivity, with multi-operator cellular fallback to ensure redundancy and 15 years pre-paid connectivity, to avoid adding to the operational fees.

The lighting grid will be powered even during the day, extending the lighting pole functionality: wifi routers can be mounted and powered directly from the grid, providing a fast and non-expensive way to extend smart city applications throughout the city.

“The benefits of inteliLIGHT connected street lighting extend beyond illumination, and we are proud to demonstrate our capabilities in Washington DC,” said Lorand Mozes, CEO Flashnet. “This is an important breakthrough for Flashnet in North America, laying the ground for citywide connected infrastructure and improving the lives of generations to come.”

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Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 12.07.2022

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