Festive mood around Philadelphia City Hall

Comcast’s MachineQ uses InteliLIGHT® to deploy its smart city solution in Philadelphia’s Holiday Hotspots

Committed to expand LoRaWAN™ coverage nationwide in the USA, Comcast’s MachineQ chose inteliLIGHT® to remotely manage street lighting during the 2017 Christmas Village, close to Philadelphia’s iconic City Hall.

The location and context

Philadelphia is the sixth most populous in the US with over 1.5 million people in the city and over 6 million in the metropolitan area.

With its impressive history and its important role in creation of the United States of America, being the place where Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, Philadelphia has remained one of the important economic, educational and innovative center throughout the centuries, home of many U.S. firsts: library (1731), hospital (1751), medical school (1765), national capital (1774), stock exchange (1790), business school (1881) etc.

City of Philadelphia’s Streets Department wanted to make sure that the holiday hotspots are well lit and that visitors would enjoy the festive mood in the Christmas Village.

The challenge

To ensure trouble-free operation MachineQ, city’s technology partner and the delegated party to achieve this objective, realized it needed an efficient solution to remotely manage the street lights. Due to the short time available, the upgrade had to be fast and easy.

Earlier this year, MachineQ had deployed a LoRaWAN™ communication infrastructure in Philadelphia, within the strategy to provide the city with the ability of efficient implementing Smart City/ Internet of Thing applications. Thus, for reasons of simplifying deployment and operation, LoRaWAN™ compatibility would be an important advantage of the preferred solution.

On the other hand, the smart street lighting won’t be the only smart application the city will use, so the chosen solution has to be flexible and able to facilitate future integration.

The argument

inteliLIGHT® provides a LoRaWAN™ compatible street lighting smart management solution since 2015, only a couple of months after Version 1.0 of the LoRaWAN™ specification were released, making it the solution which had the most time for testing and optimizing.

At the time, inteliLIGHT® LoRaWAN™ compatible pilot projects were deployed in over 100 locations in 40 countries all over the world and deployments of thousands were in the early stages of implementation.

By connecting to its already existing communication infrastructure, MachineQ saved precious installation time and important economic resources in the future.

Additionally, inteliLIGHT® had a NEMA form factor controller available, a very popular standard in USA which greatly simplified deployment, turning it into a simple plug-n-play operation.

And last, but not least, inteliLIGHT® is a flexible platform already integrated with many communication technologies and with major smart city platforms, reducing chances of incompatibility issues in the future.

Technical solution

inteliLIGHT® LoRaWANcompatible street lighting connected to MachineQ LoRaWAN™ infrastructure:

Product Image Product Descriprion
inteliLIGHT® FRE-220-NEMA-L LoRaWAN™ compatible luminaire controller (autonomous operation on astronomical calendar, ON/OFF and dimming control, real-time malfunction alerts, full electrical parameter reading).
Cloud-based inteliLIGHT® Streetlight Control Software, allowing street lighting control, monitoring and maintenance, 24/7 grid monitoring and integration with third party control software.

The deployment

Considering the MachineQ’s LoRaWAN had already been deployed, and that the street lighting fixtures were provided with NEMA socket, it really was a plug-n-play deployment.

“We’re thrilled to be able to work with the City of Philadelphia, our hometown, on this turnkey street lighting solution that has the capability to easily be scaled to stretch across an entire metropolitan area. From street lights and road signs, to critical underground infrastructure, LoRaWAN networks like the one we’ve built in Philadelphia are an effective and cost-efficient way for forward-thinking municipalities to meet their smart city objectives.” writes MachineQ in their press release.

The results

Streets Department, enabling City officials to

  • remotely turn lights on and off
  • set energy-saving dimming schedules,
  • monitor energy consumption
  • proactively manage outages

“The machineQ smart lighting system has added so much to the festive mood around City Hall this holiday season,” said Richard Montanez, Deputy Streets Commissioner for Transportation. “But the capabilities give us other huge benefits: we can ensure appropriate lighting levels, better gauge energy consumption, and respond more quickly to power outages.  It’s a great way to ring in the new year.”

About Comcast

Comcast Corporation is an American global telecommunications conglomerate, the largest broadcasting and cable television provider in the world by revenue. It is the second-largest pay-TV company, largest cable TV company and largest home Internet service provider in the United States, and the nation’s third-largest home telephone service provider. (http://corporate.comcast.com)

About MachineQ

MachineQ delivers best-in-class LoRa® based hardware, enterprise grade software, and expertise to speed up innovation and reduce time to market. (https://machineq.com)


FLASHNET is a fast-paced tech company that integrates the latest IT, energy and telecommunications technologies into hardware and software solutions, creating and implementing intelligent systems for smarter cities and better infrastructure. Founded in 2005, FLASHNET is a leader in intelligent utility management systems, with worldwide operations. (www.flashnet.ro)

About inteliLIGHT®

inteliLIGHT® is a smart street lighting control solution that offers detailed lamp-level management capabilities (ON/OFF, dimming, real-time reporting) over multiple IoT communication technologies. In-depth grid awareness is obtained through accurate utility-grade readings of any changes occurring along the grid, reducing energy loss and offering advanced maintenance optimization tools. Furthermore, inteliLIGHT® is integrated with Smart City management platforms and offers support for further Smart City development. (www.inteliLIGHT.eu)