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Remote Monitoring Systems for Streetlight Maintenance Operations

DCI was selected to perform the research of currently-used non-proprietary remote monitoring systems for streetlight operations and to provide services for the development of contract documents and specifications reflecting the refined requirements as developed by the City-wide Streetlights Division.

The primary goal of the research was to provide findings and recommendations for current market-ready RMS products for deployment in the District. DCI investigated RMS products currently selected, integrated or under evaluation by other cities and municipalities in the US. Major evaluation activities for RMS research included:

  • An investigation of currently available RMS manufacturers with non-propriety or propriety RMS and specific monitoring and controls technologies in terms of product maturity, functionality, interoperability, maintainability, programmability and end user satisfaction.
  • A survey of other DOT jurisdictions and agencies currently using RMS for streetlight maintenance operations to determine end user satisfaction with real-world performance of commercially available products.

An on-site support engineer was provided at DDOT in reviewing the existing main RFP document (about 150 pages) to eliminate ambiguous statements, extract relevant information, offer new ideas, revise existing sections and to develop the new contract package (specifications, special provisions, cost estimates) to be used for advertising a multi-year contract including the conversion of incandescent and high intensity discharge (HID) to Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures.

DCI was also responsible for providing a detailed multi-year cost estimate to maintain streetlights throughout the District in accordance with established service levels, convert older fixtures to LED technology and to procure and implement a non-proprietary remote monitoring system for streetlight operations. The cost estimate was developed in preparation of evaluating bid packages submitted by Contractors to determine whether proposed prices were realistic, reasonable, doable and acceptable.

Our 30-plus years of experience in all aspects of transportation engineering and design make us the top choice for multidisciplinary projects. Plus, as a midsize firm we have greater flexibility in meeting the needs of our clients, quicker response times and the freedom to innovate.