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Cleveland City Installs Smart Streetlights Control Network
Cleveland City Installs Smart Streetlights Control Network

Cleveland City Installs Smart Streetlights Control Network

Digital transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of society, fundamentally changing how society operates and delivers value to its residents. For instance, digital transformation in airports evolves the processes and services used to deliver a better flight experience for passengers. Shenzhen Airport has become a benchmark for industrial digital transformation among airports and airport consulting companies.

The trend for smart city transformation is up! Recently, ST Engineering Telematics Wireless has installed a wireless networked lighting control system for Cleveland City, Ohio. This wireless control system will be responsible for the management of 61,000 streetlights across Cleveland city.

Cleveland Public Power, the city-owned utility unveiled T-Light Galaxy communications infrastructure in 3 business days using FCC licensed frequencies to make sure that the control system is both reliable and secure.

Wireless Lighting Control System

Wireless Lighting Control System
Wireless Lighting Control System – GettyImages

The whole project combines the changing of all streetlights in the city to LED (Light Emitting Diode) with the Telematics lighting control system and the installation of 1,000 cameras that are operated by the Cleveland Police Department.

“This digital transformation of our streetlights fulfils a key component of the Safe, Smart CLE project launched earlier this year,” said Ivan Henderson, commissioner, Cleveland Public Power.

“Not only does the Telematics wireless system enable us to control and manage our streetlight operations far more efficiently and cost-effectively, it also provides Cleveland the backbone for more advanced, future-ready smart city applications like the high-definition images and our police department’s remote control of streetlights that can be dimmed or brightened throughout the city.”

A smart lighting control system can reduce annual costs by as much as 20% in addition to the predicted 50% savings from converting to LED lights.

“It also provides Cleveland the backbone for more advanced, future-ready smart city applications like the high-definition images and our police department’s remote control of streetlights.”

In the Cleveland installation, the T-Light Galaxy platform functions as a wide-area communications network. BrightCity is a web application designed for the city’s 61,000 networked streetlights operation by the firm.

A View of Cleveland City
A View of Cleveland City – GettyImages

The control system enables Cleveland to set different light intensities for commercial, residential, and industrial sites, pre-program timetables for routine and real-time management of special circumstances, and proactively manage maintenance support.

“Cleveland’s adoption and installation of the T-Light Galaxy streetlight control system is ultimately part of a bold statement from one of the country’s premier smart cities,” added Amir Hirsch, business development, ST Engineering Telematics Wireless.

“It demonstrates a genuine commitment to visionary leadership, service, sustainability and cost containment for all the city’s citizens.”

For the Cleveland project, ST Engineering deployed three gateways to cover the entire city’s network of streetlights, and a fourth gateway is scheduled for city-wide redundant coverage.  Cleveland city plans to test other smart devices and as well as IoT that run on Telematics Wireless Galaxy Network.

Aimal Khan
Aimal Khan is the founder & CEO of Engineering Passion. He is an engineer and has obtained his bachelor's degree in energy engineering from Kandahar University.