ComEd digitises rollout and management of smart streetlights


US energy provider ComEd has partnered with smart utility solutions firm TerraGo to improve management of smart streetlights.

The solutions firm has supplied the energy provider with two mobile apps that will help automate the inventory, installation and commissioning of approximately 140,000 smart streetlights.

The mobile apps have been successfully deployed using a zero-code mobile application framework, TerraGo Streetlights, which is integrated with Itron’s smart city management platform SLV.

The apps are compatible with IOS, Android and web-based operating systems to enable crews to navigate to streetlight poles to perform new installs or maintenance tasks, and to automate the commissioning of streetlight nodes.

ComEd field workers will ensure data quality, reduce errors and prevent return trips via the cloud access time-saving productivity features including; barcode/QR code scanning from phones or tablets and data validation features.

Under the smart streetlights initiative, ComEd plans to improve the reliability of public lighting infrastructure, create efficiencies that lead to savings for municipalities, use the infrastructure to support emerging sensor-based technologies designed to enhance community safety and resiliency, as well as new city services.

David Basil, CEO at TerraGo Technologies, said the “… platform was designed to deliver customised applications with operationally-verified smart streetlight features, as opposed to building one-off, custom software from scratch. Because it’s configurable in hours and days, not weeks and months, we were able to help ComEd deploy the solution more quickly and realise the benefits of its streetlight programme sooner, rather than relying on traditional custom software development.”