With Signify’s connected LED luminaires and Interact City IoT lighting system, cities can reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint. The technology can also play a role in making cities more livable with new services and safe for citizens. To date, more than 50,000 LED streetlights have been installed or are currently being installed under the program.
The collaboration between NYPA and a growing number of municipalities in New York State demonstrates the important role that connected street lighting can play in building smart city infrastructure.
“In addition to illumining roadways, street lighting systems are essential vertical assets in smart city deployments. Municipalities can save money on their utility bills and maintenance costs by adopting connected LED lighting while leveraging the value of their street lighting systems for additional benefits,” said Gil Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO.
According to Abebe Woldemariam, street lighting program coordinator for the city of Rochester, “The Interact City platform opens up a variety of options for city maintenance and governance. We can now remotely monitor the system via a central dashboard, identifying required maintenance very quickly. Should any glitch occur, the system proactively prompts managers even before our residents have noticed, and that’s a big plus.”
As part of the project, NYPA devised an innovative financing model that offers municipalities low-rate loans for lighting conversions, including the option to buy the physical street lighting assets from local utilities. Signify acts not only as a technology provider, but as a trusted advisor to and strategic partner of NYPA and participating municipal governments.