Chicago intends to replace 250,000 intelligent LED lights in the largest wisdom street program in the United States. Ameresco, a renewable energy company, will work with Silver Spring Networks, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, to convert about 85 percent of Chicago's existing street lights into smart LED lights in a four-year foundation of the modernization program.
According to Smart Cities World, the multi-stage infrastructure modernization program will begin in the summer of 2017. New LED street lamp is expected to save 50 to 75% less than existing street lamps.
Silver Spring's IPv6 platform can control the switch lights in real-time depending on the actual requirements, as well as from remote monitoring for active maintenance and road failure.