There is a scientific consensus that atmospheric warming caused by the release of emissions will reach critical levels in our lifetime if... Show moreThere is a scientific consensus that atmospheric warming caused by the release of emissions will reach critical levels in our lifetime if significant efforts are not made to decarbonize our buildings and power grid. The City of Los Angeles is a prime example of the challenges of decarbonizing, balancing global, federal, and state policies and issues and addressing environmental justice. The first research case studies of the details and challenges of decarbonization efforts include the implementation of the first networked light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights in the city of Chicago on IIT’s campus to improve the reliability and economics of its main campus, 2.5 mi south of downtown Chicago. Research shows that these networked LED streetlights greatly reduce a city's rising energy costs, but the CSMART project team has set out to prove the benefits of integrating an intelligent communications and control system with an existing smart grid infrastructure, such as an existing network and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. In addition to assessing the economic and environmental drivers for the intelligent streetlight solution, the project team is dedicated to assessing the potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities of such a system and working to mitigate or eliminate them. The second research case study covers off-grid remote power units providing continuous illumination for safer streets and safer driving that is unaffected by power outages. Thanks to individual lighting control potentially allowing for dimming, blinking, and even color changing, streetlights powered by RPUs can be used as emergency signaling devices, directing traffic during a city evacuation or other emergency. The RPU control and monitoring can be accessed through the cloud, thereby avoiding reliance on local servers. Show less
(-) mods_name_creator_namePart_mt:"Burgess, Patrick G."