Smart Chicago

A big smart initiative in Chicago is expected to cut its annual street lighting energy costs by 60 up to percent.

The city is using an internet of things (IoT) approach by adding sensors with wireless communication into 270,000 street lights so they can signal when the light (LED obviously) needs to be switched out.

The poles are also being incorporated into the cities existing system management regime to assist with safety, and eventually they may even be linked into the emergency management system.

Millions of dollars more are also expected to be saved by Chicago with reduced staff maintenance and vehicle costs as the poles’ broadcast their needs, rather than someone having to manually check.

(Ref: John Addison)

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