Washington DC

Delivery of Smart Street Lighting Project


Through this solicitation, the District is seeking to achieve the stated project outcomes as well as to position the District as a “Smart City” for years to come. The District is interested in creating a “platform” for future SCT, such as the Internet of Things (“IoT”) and cloud-based solutions, to enhance efficient management of city operations and activities. Although the project is limited in SCT scope to establishing a foundation for future applications, the District wants to ensure that the chosen solution for the Project will maintain access by the District and third parties to the poles for deployment and maintenance of other applications and related equipment, and will be effective for transitioning to next-generation technological solutions well into the future.

RFP Summary

The District of Columbia (the “District”) seeks to upgrade its extensive street lighting network which is comprised of a variety of different fixtures and pole types located throughout the District. Specifically, the District is focused on converting its street light network to LED technology with remote monitoring and control capabilities. Additionally, the District seeks to install on its street lighting network Smart City Technology (“SCT”), including Wireless Access Points (“WAPs”) that will serve as a flexible and scalable platform for future uses and applications.


(a) Public Safety / Environmental Benefit / Cost Savings: Upgrade the street lighting infrastructure in the District together with a 100% LED conversion of street lights to achieve several direct policy objectives including increasing public safety and traffic safety through better lighting, lifecycle optimization, lowering the District’s carbon production, and cost savings;
(b) Performance Based Contract: Implement an improved pay-forperformance mechanism for the street lighting system;
(c) Risk Transfer: Transfer project integration and other commercial risks to a private entity across the appropriate aspects of the Project beyond those currently transferred through traditional performance-based contracting mechanisms;
(d) “Debt Cap”: Develop a Project structure that minimizes the use of the District’s financing capacity as limited by District law, including the Limitation on Borrowing and Establishment of Operating Cash Reserve Act of 2008, as amended;
(e) Stakeholder Engagement: Foster stakeholder understanding and support throughout Project development and implementation; and
(f) Smart City Technology: Introduce functionality for the street light system to serve as a platform for ancillary uses including Wi-Fi technology

Tangible Work Products / Scope of Work

The District is a long-term asset manager that is seeking a Developer to:

  1. Convert existing non-LED District-owned lights to LED technology (design and construction);
  2. Design and install systems providing for the remote monitoring and control of the street light network that: are fully scalable, reliable, and fast; use open standards; and feature dynamic or environmentally responsive dimming capability;
  3. Upgrade poles and associated infrastructure (including underground infrastructure), where appropriate or required based on DDOT’s inprocess condition assessment and a pre-determined process and criteria for establishing when such infrastructure must be replaced;
  4. Deliver long-term operations and maintenance of the street light system per the terms, conditions, and requirements of a defined and agreed-to performance management regime as discussed in Section A, Section 3.1 (Project Agreement) of this RFQ.
  5. Install SCT to leverage the street light system and the District’s significant fiber optic network (known as “DC-Net”) for ancillary uses and install additional fiber as required in the District.

At a minimum, the desired SCT solution will deliver:

  1. Broadband Wi-Fi coverage that advances the District’s goal of citywide broadband access;
  2. Capability to integrate appropriate sensor technologies and the ability to update or expand those sensors over time to capture relevant data, subject to the District’s data and privacy policies;
  3. Other activities, uses, and opportunities that reflect leading SCT practice.

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