The City of Chicago utilized TerraGo StreetlightOps to replace over 270,000 legacy HPS streetlights with new networked LED streetlights, saving taxpayers over $10 million per year. StreetlightOps not only accelerated the deployment, and the associated energy and environmental savings, but also lowered ongoing maintenance costs. The City utilized StreetlightOps to transform operations to reduce truck rolls, eliminate paper, integrate systems, consolidate work orders and work smarter in ways never before possible, dramatically lowering expenses and improving service levels.
The City of Chicago Smart Lighting Program represented one of the largest and most ambitious smart lighting programs in the world. The scale and schedule presented numerous challenges that needed to be met.
“TerraGo StreetlightOps has been an invaluable asset to our smart street lighting initiative in Chicago,” said David Reyes, City of Chicago. “By integrating our systems, we can work smarter in ways that were never before possible. For example, by correlating service requests from citizens and system alerts, we can consolidate work orders, improve our response times and lower operations costs by reducing truck rolls.”
In order to take on such a big project, the City of Chicago and lead contractor Ameresco looked to TerraGo’s low code, customizable mobile application, StreetlightOps. StreetlightOps provides them with capabilities including workflow modules tailored for installation, maintenance, work order automation, billing integration, circuit & change management. With these capabilities, not only can crews easily track and maintain all streetlights in the field using any mobile device, but all of the data is synchronized with back office systems. TerraGo integrates with CMS API (Itron SLV) and effectively synchronizes data with billing, 311 (Salesforce.com) and GIS (ArcGIS), and extends the value of SLV features, like real-time control and more, to field crews, managers and other stakeholders.
“With TerraGo, we were able to restore over 120 “all outs” in one day due to having all of these systems integrated ” – David Reyes, City of Chicago
With the help of TerraGo StreetlightOps, the City of Chicago has been able to install hundreds of thousands of new LED light fixtures, streamline maintenance, increase safety, reduce energy costs and improve the environment. The Smart Lighting Program has been aided in its success by TerraGo’s software allowing them to deploy and maintain networked lighting systems more efficiently, producing a clear, measurable return on investment. As the program transitions into Phase 4B, more than 251,000 LED lights have been installed and the project has met or exceeded its ambitious schedule and the delivery of over $10 million per year in savings. In recognition of this work, the project and all of its participating partner companies were awarded a Smart 50 Award, as well.
Specific operational benefits include: