The lights come with their own antennas and power supply, which can be plugged into EPB's gigabit fiber to create the first-ever "gig light."
But thanks to a combination of technical delays and a penny-pinching mandate by
From inside their police car, officers can already brighten the lights in case of a disturbance, pulse them to signal trouble or dim them to save power. With the new technology, they could use the same technology to look around corners with help from video cameras mounted on the streetlight, pinpoint the origin of gunshots or amp up the city's wireless grid.
The company's lights are already saving the city an estimated 20 percent on its power bill, and will save an estimated
But Berke's team says the mayor is bound by a mandate from the previous city council to evaluate the first batch of 6,100 streetlights before moving to replace all 26,500 units in the city's lighting portfolio. Such an evaluation, which is currently scheduled for early 2014, would effectively shutter the company's production line while it waits for a verdict.
Global Green Lighting originally won a contract in 2012 to replace all of the city's streetlights, and the company moved its operations from
But disagreement over the price tag in
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