Chicago intends to replace 250,000 intelligent LED lights in the largest wisdom street program in the United States. Ameresco, a renewable energy company, will work with the World Bank program provider, Silver Spring Networks, in a four-year foundation building modernization program that will convert about 85 percent of Chicago's existing street lights into smart LED lights.
According to Smart Cities World, the multi-stage infrastructure modernization program will begin in the summer of 2017. New LED street lamp is expected to save 50 to 75% less than existing street lamps.
Silver Spring's IPv6 platform can control the switch lights in real-time depending on the actual requirements, as well as from remote monitoring for active maintenance and road failure.
At least half of the installed LED lights will be assembled in the Chicago factory, at least 50 percent of the project will be employed by the Chicago citizens. The first phase will conduct a comprehensive survey of the existing street lights in Chicago, where at least half of the staff will be employed by the Chicago Public School's vocational and technical courses, construction technology training courses or graduates of the more adult apprenticeship program.
Silver Bell executive Mike Bell said the Chicago city street update program will be one of the largest modernization programs in the United States to date. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is highly motivated by the latest IoT technology to enhance the standard of living of the public, hoping to see this plan to lay the foundation for the future application of smart city.
Smart LED lights will be owned and operated by Chicago, supported by Silver Spring Networks' managed services and its Streetlight.Vision control and management system software.
The economic benefits and benefits of the intelligent streetlight network include assisting the city in prudently managing resources and achieving sustainable development goals. The intelligent streetlight infrastructure will be integrated into the Chicago 311 system. The Chicago Public Works Fund (CIT) will work closely with the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Innovation and Technology Department and the Chicago Park in this procurement program.