ComEd, which delivers energy to 4 million customers in Chicago and northern Illinois, has selected Itron 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.
Michelle Blaise, senior vice president, Technical Services, ComEd, said: “Itron’s expertise and solutions are helping us drive innovation and connect our customers and communities.”
ComEd will manage the streetlights using Itron’s Streetlight.Vision Central Management System through a Software-as-a-Service model.
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.
“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.
Since 2013, Silver Spring Networks, which was acquired by Itron, has partnered with ComEd to deploy smart grid investments authorized by the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act, or Smart Grid Law.
ComEd has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to create a new model for how utilities and municipalities can work to create greener, more resilient and sustainable communities, including the use of smart LED streetlights.