After many months of deliberation, the City Council approved a pilot program for testing new smart controller devices on up to 1,000 streetlight poles in the City. These devices have the potential to provide wi-fi, small cell, and traffic counting, among other functionalities. The smart controllers would also interconnect our lights so that when a streetlight is broken, our Department of Transportation would be notified immediately, rather than relying on residents to report broken lights.
If this pilot is successful, the contract would allow for the eventual conversion of all of our streetlights to LED lights. There are still many streets in District 1 that do not have LED lights, which are are more energy efficient and provide a more pleasant white colored light that better illuminates the street.