Providence to use Silver Spring Starfish IoT Service for smart streetlights program

Updated Aug 12, 2016

Led roadway lightingProvidence, Rhode Island, is partnering with Silver Spring Networks’ Starfish Internet of Things (IoT) service on the city’s streetlight management system in connected 17,000 LED streetlights to modernize and economize its lighting infrastructure.

The city can later use the Starfish program for other applications, including smart traffic controls, parking, water, gas and electricity management, environmental sensors and other smart services, Silver Spring says.

“Providence is utilizing cutting-edge technology and innovation to improve service and infrastructure throughout the city,” says Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “Silver Spring Networks’ IoT expansion will enhance the way people interact with their communities, and we are proud to be part of that effort.”

Through its partner LightSmart, Silver Spring will work with the Partnership for Rhode Island Streetlight Management (PRISM) in implementing the program, which represents 26 communities and 63,000 streetlights in the state. Providence is the first member of PRISM to partner with Silver Spring.

The PRISM program was integral to setting up the Municipal Streetlight Investment Act in Rhode Island, which provides an option for municipalities to buy their streetlights with the goal of reducing costs associated with them.

“PRISM crafted the Municipal Streetlight Investment Act not only to provide financial savings to Rhode Island communities, but to offer additional opportunities for further smart city development in the future,” says Jeffrey Broadhead, PRISM executive director. “We reviewed the offerings of numerous companies and selected Silver Spring Networks as our partner of choice to carry our vision forward because we believe they have both the experience and commitment to deliver long-term programs.”

Silver Spring says it has used its IoT networks on 24.3 million devices across the world and also is deploying Starfish in Bristol, Chicago, Copenhagen, Glasgow, London, San Antonio, San Jose, and Kolkata, India.