Illinois rounds up local governments for smart street lighting workshop

Officials say smart streetlights are a foundational technology that will serve as a first step in Illinois' ambitious smart state initiative.

After a year and half of building the foundation of its smart state initiative, Illinois will host a workshop this month to help local governments buy smart street lighting.

Illinois announced a search in January 2017 for street lighting vendors to participate, and having now executed contracts with three vendors, officials told StateScoop they are ready to guide local governments through the process of using the state's master contracts. The Aug. 15 workshop at the Illinois Medical District campus will bring together vendors, utilities, local governments, and subject matter experts from universities and state agencies.

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