US utility Oklahoma Gas and Electric has selected Silver Spring Networks for a smart streetlight programme, connecting and controlling up to 250,000 LED streetlights.Silver Spring Networks will deploy its IPv6 IoT platform and Streetlight Vision control software to connect and manage up to 250,000 LED street lights within its Oklahoma service territory. Oklahoma Gas and Electric expects the intelligent lighting system to significantly enhance the quality of service and reliability for customers, improve the speed of street light restoration response in the event of outages, and help drive increased system efficiencies and lower energy consumption. [BGE selects Silver Spring to connect grid devices]
In addition to OG and E, Silver Spring has announced smart streetlight projects with leading utilities including Baltimore Gas and Electric, ComEd, Pepco Holdings Inc. OG and E has received regulatory approval for a new LED lighting tariff from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which will enable the transformation of OG and E’s lighting infrastructure from incandescent to smart LED technology through an attrition strategy. Pre-deployment planning and design are underway. Three current LED lighting pilot projects with the cities of Oklahoma City and Moore, Oklahoma are demonstrating the benefits and functionality of this new technology to city officials and the public.
Silver Spring also connects critical infrastructure devices in global cities such as Copenhagen, Denver, Glasgow, London, Melbourne, Mexico City, Paris, Providence, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Singapore, and Washington DC, amongst others.
Ken Grant, VP of Sales and Marketing, OG and E, said: “Connecting the street lights across our service territory is another example of our focus on innovative solutions and a natural extension of our ambitious smart grid programme. OG and E is committed to delivering efficient, reliable lighting and electricity service to the citizens of Oklahoma.” [Gartner positions Silver Spring as ‘Visionary’ in Magic Quadrant]
“OG and E has consistently demonstrated its industry leadership with its advanced smart grid initiatives. We’re honoured to take the next step with them as we extend our critical infrastructure networking platform to include street lights across Oklahoma,” said Brandon Davito, vice president of Smart Cities and Lighting, Silver Spring Networks. “With this programme, OG and E is establishing a robust lighting infrastructure that can be leveraged for immediate benefits and can also be used to deploy more advanced services and applications over time.”