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Smart Street Lighting Coming to 30 Cities in the U.S. and Canada

While many cities have already transitioned to LED streetlights, only a minority have also made the switch to control and dimming features

Scarlett Evans

May 27, 2022

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RealTerm Energy has completed 25 smart street lighting projects alongside smart street infrastructure group Ubicquia. Trials in five additional cities are also underway.

The project includes converting streetlights to LED lights with integrated control features to dim and turn off lights at certain times. As a result, RealTerm Energy said cities can cut energy consumption by around 67% each year; or the equivalent of taking 568 cars off the road annually. 

Currently, more than half of U.S. cities have LED streetlights, however, less than 10% include lighting controls and dimming schedules.  

“As the market evolves and municipalities begin to understand LED streetlight technology, we are seeing the adoption of smart controls at the beginning of the process,” said Mike Coyle, sales and marketing vice president at RealTerm Energy.

Ubicquia is providing three of its platforms for the project; smart streetlight controller UbiCell, cloud-based data collection platform UbiVu, and UbiSmart Air Quality Monitor Plus to also offer environmental and air quality monitoring to users. 

RealTerm Energy has also deployed other Ubicquia streetlight platforms for air quality monitoring, public WIFI and video analytics to enhance public safety. 

“By deploying next-generation smart lighting controls and air quality monitoring platforms in communities across the country, RealTerm Energy and Ubicquia are helping municipalities improve the environment and quality of life for their residents,” said Mark Carter, vice president of Smart Solutions, RealTerm Energy. “We are proud to work with Ubicquia and community leaders to help cities and towns make significant, measurable cuts to their environmental impact, energy usage, and costs.”

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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