Smart Street Lighting Initiative
The Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) is providing municipalities with turnkey options to upgrade street lighting systems for improved functionality and efficiency.
Smart Street Lighting Playbook
Smart Street Lighting Workshop video and presentation materials
Smart Street Lighting Contracts
Vendor Contact Information
Primary vendor: Johnson Controls
Account Executive, Government Solutions
3007 Malmo Dr.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Secondary vendor: Globetrotters Engineering|
Chief Strategy Officer
Globetrotters Engineering Corporation
300 S. Wacker Drive – Suite 400
Chicago, Illinois 60606
In January of 2017, the State of Illinois issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to establish a state master contract for Smart Street Lighting. Awards were announced in December 2017 and State master contracts are now executed with the three awarded vendors: Johnson Controls (primary), Globetrotters Engineering (secondary) and TEN Connected Solutions (tertiary).
Smart Street Lighting technology include LED luminaires and adaptive controls with adaptive controls consisting of the central management system, backhaul communications network and field devices.
- Luminaires – the LED light fixture. Can come in a variety of designs including Cobra head, shoe box or a decorative housing
- Central Management System (CMS) – remotely monitors and manages the LED luminaires and field devices
- Backhaul communications network – a communications network enabling data to be sent between the luminaires and the CMS
- Field Devices – controllers and associated gateway devices to enable luminaire control. The controllers will typically fit into a 7-pin receptacle on the luminaire
Smart Street Lighting Benefits include:
- Energy savings. The electric power required to provide the same lighting level as old-style lights (old style lights typically refers to High Pressure Sodium, Mercury Vapor or Metal Halide) is less, resulting in energy savings of 50% or more.
- Reduced maintenance and longer lifespan is experienced when compared with old style lights, thus further reducing costs.
- Higher quality light – LED lighting provides a more uniform light – i.e. less light variation when compared to old style lights. LED lighting can also be better directed to where it is needed resulting in reduced light waste and reduced light pollution in the night sky.
- Adaptive controls enable real time control of lighting levels, based on external factors. For example, lights can be dimmed to 50% of their normal level with no traffic on the road. This light optimization provides further energy savings. Adaptive controls can also assist in public safety and emergency management. For example, lights could be remotely set to maximum brightness for emergency services personnel in the area.
- Maintenance alerts can be provided in real time with adaptive controls on the LED lighting.
- The smart street light architecture provides a foundational infrastructure for Smart City applications.
- Value add services could be incorporated at the same time as the street light upgrade. Examples of value add services include wireless broadband network between the street lights, sensor devices measuring air quality, vehicle and pedestrian occupancy sensors.
The program offers financing options that include energy performance contracting and other vendor proposed financing for street light upgrades with no upfront charges to the municipality. With the typical energy savings and decreased maintenance costs, the monthly charges to the municipality, with financing implemented, may be less than before the upgrade.
While the procurement is targeted to Illinois municipalities, the state master contracts will also be available to all Illinois governmental entities, including municipalities, state agencies, school districts and universities that are qualified for the Illinois joint purchasing program.
With a networked street lighting architecture, backhaul communications, street light real estate and available power, the necessary components are in place for a municipality to implement additional quality of life enhancing applications and services such as vehicle and pedestrian occupancy sensors, cameras, environmental sensors, small cell antennas, audio speakers and smart parking.
For more information on the Illinois smart street lighting program or how to utilize the State of Illinois' state master contracts, please contact Essam El-Beik, email:
and Tel: 214 792 9866.