Swiss municipality in Ticino canton, Chiasso counts about 8,5 thousand inhabitants. The City is strongly committed to sustainability and innovation, and was awarded with the «Energy City» label for its forward-looking energy efficiency policies. Together with AGE SA, the local utility managing water, electricity, gas distribution in the area, Chiasso is always looking for new ways to achieve higher green targets.

In 2013, the City started to invest on its street lighting infrastructure to reduce energy consumption, pilot future proof technologies and improve quality of service. The Smart Lighting project was kicked off by replacing existing lamps with LED devices and implementing PE Smart Urban Network as advanced system for remote monitoring and control. Latest deployments were made in 2015 in Via Dante Alighieri, prominent arterial road in the city center, and the Smart Lighting infrastructure now covers multiple areas of the City, ie. the ring road, a portion of the city center, some municipal buildings and sports facilities.

“Investments we are shouldering to improve street lighting are paying relevant benefits back to Chiasso citizens and businesses, as well as to local government and AGE itself”, confirmed Corrado Noseda, director at AGE SA. “Thanks to LED transition and the possibility to calibrate each light point from remote, we estimate a 70% cut of daily energy consumption in Via Dante Alighieri, and similar results in the other areas. As for service quality, we can ensure every street, crossroad and crossover to be properly lighted, using the light intensity which is indeed needed. Management and maintenance costs have been reduced too”. [watch the video]

AGE and the City of Chiasso decided to gradually leverage PE Smart Urban Network to manage other urban applications, such as public WiFi in some city areas, traffic video surveillance along the ring road, and a pilot smart metering project. Smart Parking has been implemented in a popular facility in the city centre, and discussions are in place to test some pioneer drone applications in the same area, thus pushing the idea of Smart City even further.