Union Street Smart Lighting Pilot
This project includes the replacement of current HID lighting in the Lower Union Street area with Smart LED lighting technology, video technology, sensor placement and Wi-Fi deployment. With a total of 38 lighting fixtures replaced and 12 video cameras equipped with analytic capability, this pilot project allows the City to start collecting and researching data to further prove the benefits of a City-wide street lighting and infrastructure re-haul. Using data collected from this pilot, we have determined the City can save over $370,000 in energy costs per year solely from lighting upgrades.
State Street Smart Lighting Pilot
This project includes the replacement of 36 current HID lighting fixtures in the Downtown State Street area with Smart LED lighting technology, video technology, sensor placement and potential future Wi-Fi deployment. There will be a total of 14 lighting fixtures converted to intelligent node structures with integral camera systems utilizing similar analytic capability present on the Lower Union Street smart lights. The remaining fixtures will be “lightgrid” nodes that incorporate technology which will monitor energy usage and control of lights.
Mont Pleasant Smart Lighting Pilot
In coordination with a $1 million New York State Capital Project Award, the City of Schenectady will be installing its largest smart lighting layout to date. This project utilizes the same technology implemented on Lower Union Street, along with additional wireless capabilities for the Mont Pleasant area. This will support a neighborhood business corridor on Crane Street, improve public safety, enhance a major park development program in Orchard Park and will support school and youth programming at Pleasant Valley Elementary, Mont Pleasant Middle School and the new Boys and Girls Club.
Mohawk Harbor Smart Lighting Deployment
Coordinating with the Galesi Group as part of the Rivers Casino & Resort Development Project, the City of Schenectady is working to expand smart lighting projects into new economic revitalization projects such as the Mohawk Harbor site. These smart lights will include much of the same technology seen on other smart lighting projects including adaptive LED lighting and sensor placement along with future potential of video nodes and Wi-Fi capabilities.
The Electric Vehicle City
Leveraging existing City vehicle funds and a state grant through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the City will be purchasing 6 new Partial Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) along with corresponding Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). The City will also be installing 4 public facing EVSE in locations throughout the designated "EV Destination" to increase the public's accessibility to charging stations. Finally, the City will take part in various stakeholder and public meetings to educate the local public on the benefits of such technology and how it helps reduce the dependency on traditional sources of energy.
Local governments in New York State can use the Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. In addition to providing tools, resources, and technical assistance, the program recognizes and rewards leadership for the completion of clean energy projects. - NYSERDA CEC Home Page
The City of Schenectady is currently working towards earning a Clean Energy Community designation and has three out of five steps completed as of October of 2016.
Routing and Fleet Management
Following the adoption of the 2015 Budget, the City Administration began the process of researching various options to utilize GPS tracking and fleet management software. The proposed solution involved software and routing analytics from Transfinder as well as a GPS tracking system and preventative maintenance analytics from Zonar. The resulting project utilizes electronic record keeping for City vehicle maintenance and status updates, real time diagnostic information and intelligent and responsive routing. When used together, these tools have allowed the City to form a baseline to cut future costs of fuel use, vehicle maintenance expenditures and unnecessary miles driven.
Citizen Request Tracker
Building upon the City's existing citizen reporting platform through CivicPlus, the City has partnered with volunteers from General Electric and Union College to create our own version of a 311 program. Our current platform allows individuals to communicate with City officials to report issues within their community through our website, however more sophisticated software will be developed in the next generation to expand viability and usability. This will work towards closing the communication gap between citizens and getting the necessary services they need.