SmartCOS launches pilot smart streetlight project

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The City of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities (Springs Utilities) are collaborating through their joint SmartCOS program to implement a pilot smart streetlight project. Fifty smart streetlight controllers are being installed on existing LED streetlights around Colorado Springs. A group of 22 will be located along Pikes Peak Avenue between Hancock Avenue and Union Boulevard north of Memorial Park. The remaining controllers will go in various locations around the city where existing LED lights are located.

“Through this SmartCOS pilot project, we are taking the initial steps needed to plan how we modernize our city’s streetlight infrastructure,” said City of Colorado Springs Office of Innovation Manager Josh Handley. “Our goal is to join cities around the world that are transforming their streetlights into energy-efficient assets that have the ability to integrate new technologies, contribute to a safer community, provide long-term efficiencies and potential cost savings.”

The smart streetlight controllers will receive and transfer streetlight related data through a secure cellular network. The smart controllers used in this pilot project will allow the City to:

  • Remotely operate and control light levels
  • Program lights to turn on and off, or dim to adapt to time of night, season or event
  • Monitor energy consumption data
  • Receive notifications when a light goes out, and its exact location

Ultimately, smart LED streetlights:

  • Reduce energy use
  • Create safer environments
  • Enhance asset management
  • Lower operations and maintenance costs
  • Enable future SmartCOS solutions

The goal of the pilot project is to collect data and analytics on streetlight usage to plan for the conversion of the city’s streetlight infrastructure. The City and Springs Utilities want to establish a clear growth plan for streetlight advancement focused on energy and operational efficiency, asset management, reduced operation and maintenance costs and future smart citySmart Cities utilize technology and the Internet of Things to address challenges facing our community and improve the quality of life for our citizens, particularly in the areas of connectivity, energy, and resilience. Colorado Springs identified four organizational pillars to implement a vision for Smart Cities: Energy and utilities, transportation and mobility, City services, and buildings and sustainability. technology.

The cost of the smart streetlight controller pilot, including the controllers and consulting fees, is $33,250. The pilot is funded by the City of Colorado Springs’ Office of Innovation. Following the six-month pilot project, the City and Springs Utilities will assess results, scalability and costs to potentially integrate smart controllers and accelerate the conversion of Colorado Springs’ streetlights to LEDs. To learn more about the smart streetlight pilot project, visit

About SmartCOS: SmartCOS is a joint effort between the City of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities, in partnership with Panasonic CityNOW and other industry partners, to actively prepare for future technologies that modern cities will depend on, and to explore and deploy smart solutions to improve public services and quality of life in Colorado Springs.  By being at the forefront of emerging technology and practices, the City and Springs Utilities can become more resilient and better able to serve people living, working, and playing in our city.

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