ComEd, Itron to develop smart cities, smart streetlights in Illinois

Itron and ComEd, which delivers energy to more than 4 million customers in Chicago and northern Illinois, announced an initiative to modernize municipal lighting and drive smart city development in northern Illinois.

Itron will connect and manage up to 140,000 municipal smart streetlights across ComEd’s service territory, leveraging Itron’s multi-application IPv6 networking platform that ComEd is using for a variety of smart grid applications.

The smart streetlights will be managed using Itron’s Streetlight.Vision Central Management System through a Software-as-a-Service model. This announcement supports the Illinois Commerce Commission’s objective to establish “smart” as the new standard for all streetlights that ComEd owns in northern Illinois. 

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.

This program represents another milestone in ComEd’s efforts to transform the electric system serving 70 percent of Illinois. Since 2013, Silver Spring Networks, which was acquired by Itron, has collaborated with ComEd to deploy smart grid investments authorized by the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act, or Smart Grid Law, enacted in 2011, including the communications system that supports the network of more than 4 million smart meters that have been installed in the ComEd region. 

ComEd also has 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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