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Montreal streetlighting project “successfully combines the solutions of various smart city technologies and companies”

August 26, 2016 - Energere—an energy services company (ESCO)—reports it has won a $28-million contract for the implementation of a smart public lighting management system for the City of Montreal, which will create an infrastructure capable of controlling 135,000 luminaires.


August 27, 2016
By Anthony Capkun

With this project, Energere says the city lays the foundation for a communications network architecture “enabling the gradual integration of additional smart services for the benefit of its citizens”.

The system will consist of radio modules (nodes) attached to each luminaire, which will communicate with one another to form a network. Commands and data will be conveyed to the same network and transmitted to lighting management software through gateways located throughout the Montreal region.

“Through such a system, the public will enjoy an improved lighting service that is safe and suited to the lifestyle of a large metropolitan city,” said Benoit Trottier, project director at Energere. “In fact, this smart management system will enable immediate intervention in case of luminaire breakage or malfunction and, by extension, better maintenance planning.”

Not only will inventories be managed more effectively, says Energere, but the luminaires’ power consumption will be monitored and the energy bill adjusted accordingly. These advantages will allow the city to achieve “significant energy savings”, as well as optimize the management of the public lighting network.

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Besides requiring a single, scalable platform, the city raised the system’s technical and functional requirements by calling for the integration and implementation of three different smart control products. Energere’s strategy was based on the integration of three suppliers: DimOnOff, Current (powered by GE) and Telematics Wireless.

DimOnOff was selected for the integration platform and management software, as well as for the supply of 20% of the nodes and gateways. Current will supply a total of 60% of the equipment. Telematics Wireless will supply 20% of the nodes and gateways.

In addition to monitoring and controlling the streetlights, Telematics’ T-Light communications platform will enable the city to implement an array of smart city solutions. For example, integrated snow sensors that notify the public works when the streets need to be cleared of snow; the ability to blink the streetlights on specific streets to warn citizens to move their cars for the snow plows; and the use of sensors on water meters to provide readings, detect leakage or monitor sewage lines for overflow.

“What makes this project unique is that it successfully combines the solutions of various smart city technologies and companies,” said Eddy Kafry, CEO of Telematics Wireless.

The project will be completed over two years, and Energere is offering a 10-year warranty and service agreement.