Projects that enable muncipalities or facilities managers to optimize lighting use continue to inspire adoption - Los Angeles is nearly complete with the biggest optimization project ever.
So it isn't surprising that Silver Spring Networks, a well-known player in the smart grid networking space, is teaming up with Streetlight.Vision to create a smart city solution for that purpose.
The offering is targeted at city planners who are in charge of optimizing lighting networks, but it is also applicable for traffic light control, managing parking meters and monitoring environmental sensors, according to the two companies. That's a big deal, because smart public lighting networks can help reduce energy consumption for streetlights by up to 40 percent.
"This solution is the only technically effective answer we have seen to delivering the monitoring and control so critical to efficiently managing public lighting," said Ken Grant, managing director at Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E), which is one of the early adopters of the solution. "We look forward to working with Silver Spring and Streetlight.Vision to test this solution that could improve quality and reduce costs for our customers."
Silver Spring's smart grid technology is being used by more than 13 million homes and businesses globally.
Here's some of my past coverage of the company:
Silver Spring signs up another smart grid client
Smart grid tech player Silver Spring receives a cool $75M
Silver Spring Networks boasts smart grid network in action