Through EnvisionABQ, Citelum Group EDF to Provide Long-term Lighting Improvement, Smart City Platform to New Mexico's Largest City

22 Nov 2017

Following Mayor Richard Berry's initiative, the City of Albuquerque, NM and Citelum have collaborated to create "EnvisionABQ," a unique plan to relight Albuquerque. The custom "Lighting Master Plan" has been designed based on a complete inventory of city-owned assets and thorough analysis of the city's urban landscape. It takes into account local heritage, public safety goals, and land usage to provide large-scale lighting level improvements – ensuring the right light, for the right application, for every location across Albuquerque

Citelum will invest $22 million to upgrade all city-owned lights within one year, maintain the upgraded system for 14 years, and guarantee cost savings for energy and maintenance while delivering improved lighting performance and service levels over the term of the contract.

"Great cities are built on great communities and this project is going to make Albuquerque's communities brighter and safer," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. 

The energy and maintenance savings generated by this performance-based contract will go towards the implementation of a Smart City architecture for Albuquerque. This platform is built around Cisco Kinetic for Cities, a network of street level sensors and edge analytics, and a suite of use cases and solutions they can enable. Cisco Kinetic for Cities has 34 global deployments in large cities and small towns including Las Vegas and Kansas City, Missouri in the U.S. 

"Cisco is proud to work with Citelum to provide the Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform to enable city officials to make data-driven decisions to help improve public safety, energy efficiency and the quality of life for Albuquerque's residents," said U.S. Public Sector Senior Vice President Larry Payne.  

Life expectancy and efficiency of LED lighting far exceeds that of the current HPS streetlights in Albuquerque. While generating 58% guaranteed energy conservation and reducing light pollution, the improved lighting performance will enhance the visibility and even coverage of surveillance video captured by the Albuquerque Police Department (APD)Real Time Crime Center (RTCC).

The LED upgrade alone is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions by 123,000 tons over the life of the project (equivalent to the annual energy usage for 13,000 single-family homes or 1.81M gallons of gasoline consumed). Proprietary monitoring and management technologies, such as the Citelum CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System), MUSE®, will allow for faster repair times and exact location targeting; eliminating time spent searching for non-operational streetlights, further reducing the City's carbon footprint while streamlining the process of replacing outages. 

"EnvisionABQ is the result of Mayor Berry's vision for the future, as well as a tremendous collaborative work effort between the City's and Citelum's teams to engineer a custom Lighting Master Plan and implement an innovative performance-based contract for the next fifteen years. We are very proud to provide our expertise to ensure that the City of Albuquerque receives the full benefits of an optimized lighting performance correlated to significant carbon footprint and energy consumption reduction, as well as smart city services," said U.S. General Manager Pierre Devilliers.  

The agreement between the City and Citelum is based on measurable and enforceable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that guarantee a higher percentage of operational streetlights (98% at all times), and faster response times in repairing outages (48 hours for most standard repairs). 

With over 2.5 million streetlights under management, Citelum will apply its global lighting expertise and industry best practices to ensure that the City of Albuquerque receives the most reliable and efficient LED and smart technology upgrade. By selecting Citelum, Albuquerque has partnered with a company trusted by other major cities such as Copenhagen, Barcelona, and Mexico City. 

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