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ComEd, Chicago announced that it has begun a pilot program to deploy 800 ComEd-owned smart, energy-efficient LED streetlights in two Chicago suburbs, Bensenville and Lombard. The smart streetlights use the communications network ComEd installed as part of its smart grid investments. Like smart meters, the energy efficient street lights tap into a wireless network that allows for two-way communication with grid operators. Via a web portal, municipalities will be able to control the dimming and daily scheduling of the lights, and receive immediate notification if a lamp is in need of maintenance. Additionally, control can be given to first responders to manage streetlights on-demand during emergency situations. These fixtures are also equipped with a digital node that keeps precise track of each light fixture’s energy usage. This could eventually allow the utility to bill for the actual energy used by the streetlights.