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Does Buying Back Your Utility Owned Street lights Make Sense For Your Community?

If you are a  municipal leader trying to save your community every cent possible while improving public spaces and keeping everyone safe, then buying back your utility owned street lights might make sense. SmartWatt recently completed a project for the Town of Owego that will save the town approximately $45,000 per year in maintenance costs …

Rebecca E. Eden

May 25, 2017

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Energy Systems Optimization

Illuminating Municipalities’ Options For Street Lighting

Street lighting is vital to creating a safe and aesthetically pleasing community, but paying for the maintenance, operational, and energy costs associated with keeping streets illuminated can be a drain on your budget. Often times, maintenance and operational costs are inflated when the local utility owns the fixtures and charges a premium to maintain them. …

Ben Stewart

February 25, 2017

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Government

LED Street Lights – How Your Small Municipality Can Afford Them

Many small municipalities across the country are facing a challenging dilemma – they have aged street lighting, and the high utility and maintenance costs that come with them, but no funding to upgrade to high-efficiency LED street lights. But what if the electricity and maintenance costs were guaranteed, with savings that exceed the monthly cost, …

Ben Stewart

December 4, 2016

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Government

Financing Tools for a Smart City

As expansion and urban growth press upon the need to find ways to finance infrastructure upgrades, cities have become bolder and more experimental about funding options. One of the biggest challenges is that the attitude to funding is still cautious after one of the most significant global economic crises in generations. How can cities and …

Ben Stewart

December 17, 2015

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Government

Control Systems Make LED Street Lights More Efficient

Because LEDs are basically electronic devices, they can be synced with control systems in new, unprecedented ways. SmartWatt designs LED street lights with advanced controls that are supported by a wired or wireless network and remote management software. These controls link LED street lights with sensors, switches and dimmers that municipalities can use to alter the …

Ben Stewart

December 8, 2015

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Government

Internet of Things (IoT) Boosts Sustainability, Connectivity and Mobility

The basic principle behind making a smart city successful is discovering what parts of the city are already working well and identifying what parts could use improvement. How do you find out what’s working and what isn’t? By monitoring devices that play a role in efficiency. Monitoring expands upon the Internet of Things principle, enabling …

Ben Stewart

December 3, 2015

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Government

Overcoming Challenges to Achieve the Vision of a Smart City

As new smart city initiatives launch, it’s worth exploring in more detail how a smart city operates. Let’s begin with a concise definition of a smart city: The Smart Cities Council, in its Smart Cities Readiness Guide, defines a smart city as one that “uses information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance its livability, workability …

Ben Stewart

November 24, 2015

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Government

Smart Cities, Smarter World

According to MIT, it’s estimated that the urban population increases by 2 people every second globally. The trifecta of rapid urbanization, strained infrastructure and enormous amounts of data not only challenges cities—it’s also creating new opportunities. As part of the solution to the rapid increase in urbanization, the Obama Administration recently announced a new “Smart Cities” …

Ben Stewart

November 18, 2015

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