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8:30 AM

Get Smart about LED Streetlights - Assessing the Business Case for Adding Smart Controls to Streetlights

Will Gibson, Founder - Telensa

This presentation considers the US business case for smart streetlighting from the point of view of the municipality and the utility, depending on where streetlight ownership sits. Drawing on case studies, it will cover the financial business case & explore the benefits that networked LED streetlights can provide in terms of operational efficiency and better asset management. The role of tariffs, an appropriate regulatory framework, revenue-grade metering and city-utility partnerships will all be considered.

9:15 AM

Exploring the Energy Performance and Susceptibility to Power Quality Issues of Networked Devices

Anay Waghale, Lighting Research Engineer - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The benefits of LED streetlights are well-proven and accepted. This newer technology enables the deployment of "Connected Lighting Systems" that offer many new value propositions, including lower maintenance costs facilitated by remote monitoring, the ability to use reported energy data to facilitate energy payments based on actual consumption, and many much-hyped "Smart City" capabilities. As interest in and the deployment of this emerging technology grows, it is important to identify and address any potential risks or shortcomings found in early market products. 

This presentation will give an overview of two such potential issues: the energy performance and susceptibility to power quality issues of networked devices. Results will be presented from the laboratory characterization of the internal power consumption of 8 or more different make/model streetlight controllers and up to 5 units each (including networked lighting controllers (NLCs), traditional photocontrollers, and shorting caps) and the susceptibility of the combined controller-streetlight to AC input voltage variations. In addition, the NLCs are evaluated using the test method defined in recently published ANSI C136.48-2018 standard and their results are compared with the standard requirements to verify compliance. More details about the test setups, results, and in-depth analysis will be presented along with some recommendations to various stakeholders. The testing results and discussion should help lighting and driver manufacturers, system designers, as well as end-users to learn about the performance of early market products in outdoor applications.

10:00 AM

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) LED Retrofit Experience

Ahmet Demirbilek, Lighting Engineer - WisDOT BTO

Jake Joyal, PE, Senior Engineer I - KL Engineering

The presentation will focus on an ongoing statewide LED retrofit project by WisDOT’s Bureau of Traffic Operations (BTO). The project is aimed at modernizing and upgrading the State’s entire roadway lighting system and various other transportation facilities. The Department is nearing their goal of upgrading to 100% of the DOT’s 21,000+ roadway lights to a modern LED standard. Upgrading the State’s roadway lighting to LED will result in significant reductions in energy use, less required maintenance, decreased infrastructure requirements, and capabilities to integrate new technology.

The project's scope is also evaluating the benefits/costs of implementing lighting control systems, ITS system integration, motion sensing, 5G wireless attachments, and other advancements in roadway lighting technology. The presentation will provide more examples of how BTO is keeping pace with rapidly emerging technology of LED roadway lighting.

10:45 AM

Case Study: Empowering NY Communities with Smart Street Lighting

Jesse Scott, Manager, Key Accounts - New York Power Authority

Cindy Plantz Malinchak, Systems & Services Key Account Manager  - Signify

 Join this session to learn how NYPA and Signify are working closely with each of New York’s communities to design the optimal lighting – making their cities smarter and more livable – while delivering on this important statewide initiative.


This presentation will:

  • Show you how NYPA and Signify approach each city lighting project including evaluating connectivity, environmental, transportation and public safety objectives

  • Give you the latest progress update on Smart Street Lighting New York

  • Discuss the value that participating cities are already reaping from their streetlight conversions

11:30 AM

The Dark Night Returns: Lighting System Performance Criteria for Mitigating Light Pollution 

Leora Radetsky, Senior Lighting Scientist, DesignLights Consortium

Levin Nock, Senior Technical Manager, DesignLights Consortium

Kevin Fitzmaurice, Principal of Lighting and Smart Services, Georgia Power

The LED lighting revolution in outdoor lighting has improved color rendering, lighting uniformity, aesthetics and delivered energy savings.  However, the energy savings benefits and rebates provided by utility efficiency programs have encouraged the proliferation of outdoor lighting retrofits and the lighting of previously unlit spaces, creating the unintended consequence of rapidly growing light pollution and negative impacts on many of the Earth’s ecological ecosystems and inhabitants.

Smart lighting, coupled with thoughtful design and product selection, can play a definitive role with eliminating stray light and delivering nighttime lighting only where and when it is needed. Light pollution can be reversed by simply replacing an existing luminaire with one that has better optical control of uplight, warmer CCTs, and integrated logic for dimming at specific nighttime hours—either alone, or in a networked group.  Cities and towns considering lighting upgrades would benefit from having comprehensive resources and tools for identifying and selecting products that will mitigate these issues without compromising energy savings.

This session will:

  1. Define lighting system attributes and technical performance criteria necessary for mitigating the negative effects of light at night

  2. Recommend ways that smart lighting can be used for managing performance using smart sensors, dimming and smart controls while also minimizing negative effects on coastal wildlife  

  3. Introduce the DesignLights Consortium’s Qualified Product Lists for LED luminaires and control systems, including the upcoming LUNA QPL

12:15 PM

Transforming Street Lighting, Traffic Signal and Utility Telecomm Systems Into a Community Broadband Network

Dave Zelenok, Manager of Local Government Services - HR Green 

Ed Barrett, Practice Lead - Fiber & Broadband Services - HR Green

Over the last four years, voters in more than 100 Colorado cities and counties have approved voter-based initiatives and public investments in fiber optic-based broadband networks.  Many of these cities are now using their traffic signal, street lighting and utility networks to form the backbone of a community broadband network, and transforming themselves into instant “smart cities’”  


The presentation will include a number of case studies. –one case study will highlight the efforts one Colorado city which installed 137,000 feet of conduit and 85,000 feet of fiber optic cable through a number of highly innovative approaches. Another will speak of another Colorado city is providing ubiquitous wi-fi through the entire town’s street lighting with little public dollars.

These lighting projects are now evolving into smart city “vertical assets” – or “street illumination platforms” capable of cellphone antennas, Wi-Fi capabilities, Video streaming, surveillance and traffic management cameras, Public electric vehicle charging ports, visual banners, environmental sensors, Drone Launch Platforms and “Micro data centers” perfectly suited to operate in the “Cloud,” at the “Edge” or in the “FOG.” 

The Session will Explain:

  • How to develop a roadmap and assess ways to creatively re-purpose a municipal street lighting system, expand its fiber optic broadband-related infrastructure to improve economic development, enhance municipal operations/efficiencies, create new revenue streams and deliver better and more affordable gigabit-fiber broadband service to their communities.

  • Understand how to repurpose public assets such as existing traffic signal infrastructure, street lighting systems, abandoned water lines and utility control systems for community broadband and telecommunications networks

  • Be able to create programs and funding streams needed to develop new projects

12:45 PM

Designing a Network to Maximize a City’s Smart Lighting and Smart City Infrastructure​

Keith Chinchar, North America Sales Director - CIMCON

In this presentation, CIMCON will present what cities need to consider when deciding on a network to maximize their smart lighting and smart city goals.  Attendees will learn the questions to ask vendors; what considerations need to be made in the decision process; the pros/cons and cost of ownership of each type of network; and how does a hybrid network work and how do you decide if it is right for your city or municipality. We will illustrate how “thinking big, starting small” in the smart city journey will be the most beneficial approach to future proofing the network decision.  

1:30 PM

Enlightening a City's Future

Daniel Noiseux, VP and Co-Founder - Dimonoff


The arrival of energy-efficient LED outdoor lights has created a brand new cost-saving opportunity for city managers. However, thanks to remote control platforms these savings can be even more substantial, not only in terms of electricity consumption but also in terms of maintenance costs for street lighting equipment.

The operating principle of these systems is the following: control modules or “nodes” equipped with metrology and radio capabilities, are placed on each luminary and communicate with each other (creating a Mesh Network) while sending data to their gateway. This gateway serves as a bidirectional link between these nodes and a all-in-one urban asset management platform designed to remotely access, monitor and control a wide variety of sensors and connected devices.


Thus, this system allows a city manager to know and to modify remotely and in real time the status of each luminary, its lighting intensity and its energy consumption. Real-time notifications are also transmitted if any electrical problem occurs which contributes to a better maintenance management. The particularity of this central control platform is that it can control every device individually, it can control a specific zone as well as a complete city. It is possible to connect as much as 10k nodes into 1 same gateway, which means that this type of platform can control a very large number of devices (around 1 Million).


2:15 PM

Why Should Smart Cities Demand True Interoperability for their Lighting Control Solutions?

Mark Verheyen, Board Member - LonMark International & President of LVX Global North America

Outdoor lighting poles provide an ideal platform for smart city technology. They are widely and evenly distributed across most city territories and come “ready-connected” with electrical power. All that needs to be added is a suitable communication method so that control signals can be sent to the individual locations, and that data can be received from them. But this is where it gets complicated!


Currently lighting poles can play host to many different technical applications. Environmental sensors, cameras, lighting controls and EV charging as examples all have differing communication requirements in regard to bandwidth, latency and reliability, for which reason they are usually installed as independent proprietary solutions. As cities grow, they are “locked in” to individual technology providers with the associated costs and risks.


This presentation argues that in the same way as the electricity supply is standardized, so too should the communication protocol be standardized to allow scalability and true interoperability across multiple communication methods and applications. In this way the technology “decision risk” will be significantly reduced leading to faster and more effective implementation.

2:45 PM

Moving Towards True Interoperability for the Smart City

Phil Beecher, President - Wi-Sun Alliance

The very large scale networks needed to enable Smart Cities and Smart Utilities share many common requirements for connecting and optimizing critical infrastructure. Field Area Networks (FANs) form the foundational connectivity fabric needed to create more efficient, sustainable and prosperous communities. For example, intelligent street lighting—deployed using a mesh of networked lighting controllers–creates a citywide network canopy that enables a range of additional smart city and utility services such as citywide traffic management, smart parking, flood sensors, electric vehicle charging stations, smart metering, water and gas leak detection and more. All while providing secure, reliable and resilient FAN communications to connect and control mission-critical services. Hear how utilities and municipalities are realizing a vision for an interoperable smart city from case studies of advanced smart city applications.

3:15 PM

How Your Smart Technology Project Can Pay for Itself

Ed Olsen, Vice President, Business Development and Outcome Based Financing - Quantela


In today’s world, Cities are struggling globally to meet the needs and demands of their city and its citizens.  Events like the Covid-19 Pandemic, and the social change that the United States is experiencing are creating new challenges for budget strapped cities nationwide. Today we need to minimize the damage, protect the assets (people and economies), and revitalize our operations (in cities).  We must learn and adapt using the intrinsic smart city concepts to better equip all cities.  The underlying, and inherent benefits of smart cities is that cities can leverage real-time insights and updates. With this, they streamline their crisis response, plan for process improvements, and ensure seamless logistics.


But to do this you will need budget.  Here is where Outcome Based Funding can be a new option for cities across the country. What is Outcome based funding? Outcome-based funding is a rev-share funding program can provide 100% of the funding required for many Smart City projects. 


In this session we will discuss:


  • The Smart Technologies that can drive revenue or save revenue

  • The Value of creating Smart Revenue Platforms

  • How Smart Technologies can be combined to finance larger projects

  • Looking at example Cost vs. Return Analysis

  • Case Study: Erie, PA Opportunity Zone Public Wi-Fi Network & Outcome Based Funding

3:45 PM

Smart Standards Support Smart Cities – Benefits of Interoperability

Simon Dunkley, Secretary General - TALQ Consortium


Smart Cities need an established a global standard for management software interfaces to control and monitor heterogeneous smart city applications. This allows cities to select from a variety of different solutions for their individual concepts and to be prepared for further extensions.

Street lighting and other smart city applications are long-term investments and planned to be in use for decades. To foster competition and to guarantee interoperable solutions, more and more public tenders need to include standard compliance as a key basic criterion.


Since Lighting infrastructure will serve as the backbone of the Smart City, learn from TALQ about the benefits of global standards.  See how a solid structure and ‘language’ for various industries develops interoperable systems and achieves tangible cost savings while avoiding vendor-lock-in for cities.

4:15 PM

Standardization in Smart City Lighting: Zhaga-D4i Enables Smart, Connected, Future-Proof LED Luminaires

Paul Drosihn, General Manager - DALI Alliance


Standardization plays a key role in the Smart City Environment. Zhaga-D4i standardization offers plug-and-play interoperability of certified luminaires, sensors and communication nodes. The program combines specifications from the DALI Alliance and the Zhaga Consortium, two international lighting-industry organizations. The mechanical and electrical interfaces of the Zhaga Book 18 connector system (the “plug”) are combined with D4i, which standardizes the control and power interfaces (the “play”).

Other standardization bodies are taking a similar route; for example, the North American ANSI C137.4 standard is based on and harmonized with the specifications for D4i.


D4i uses the digital lighting-specific DALI protocol inside the luminaire, not only to enable well-defined and consistent lighting behavior but also to provide access to a rich data-set that is stored and reported in standardized formats. This provides opportunities such as real-time monitoring of energy and power usage, and access to diagnostics information for predictive maintenance. Very large outdoor installations have used D4i data for asset management, automated commissioning and many other tasks.

Moreover, D4i ensures that power is available when a sensor or communication node is plugged into the receptacle on the luminaire.

The Zhaga-D4i certification program now enables a certified ecosystem of interoperable products from multiple vendors. A significant number of luminaire makers have certified their Zhaga-D4i luminaires, which have one or more powered Zhaga receptacles and also contain D4i LED drivers. Control devices – for example, light-level or occupancy sensors, as well as control nodes that can communicate wirelessly with external networks – were recently added to the Zhaga-D4i program.

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