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A utility based in the US state of Illinois is modernising 140,000 municipal-owned streetlights to support the development of greener, resilient and sustainable communities.

ComEd is partnering with Itron to drive smart city development in northern Illinois.

The energy provider to approximately 3.9 million customers will use Itron’s IPv6 IoT network to connect the smart streetlights.

Itron will provide its Vision Central Management System for real-time management and control of the streetlights.

The project will help ComEd 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.

The programme follows a call made by the Illinois Commerce Commission to convert all streetlights into energy-efficient and smart models.

The call was made through the enactment of the Energy Infrastructure Modernisation Act, or Smart Grid Law which was passed in 2011.

The law pushed ComEd to deploy Itron’s communications network to connect some 4 million smart meters and to sign a deal with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus for collaboration with municipalities on
sustainable communities initiatives.

Michelle Blaise, senior vice president, Technical Services, ComEd, said: “By deploying an intelligent streetlight network across our service territory, we are helping reduce energy use for streetlights, saving money for our customers and setting the stage for smart city applications and services.

“The state of Illinois is emerging as a model for how IoT and smart city deployments should be done, thanks in part to initiatives ComEd is driving,” said Sharelynn Moore, senior vice president of networked solutions at Itron.