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Sustainable Management of the Lighting System, Including Upgrade to LED Technology,
Will Improve Public Safety, Save Money and Energy
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The District of Columbia has selected Citelum to manage and upgrade the city's 71,000 street lights to a state-of-the-art, sustainable system. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced today that it has awarded Washington's streetlight asset management contract to the company, which already manages urban lighting for some of the world's most recognizable cities.
Citelum's unique approach and experience will enable it to turn D.C.'s lighting from a reactive system to a proactive one, based on real-time information, which will greatly improve system management, public safety and cut use of electricity by more than half.
"We thank DDOT for its selection of Citelum and its confidence in us," Citelum North America Chief Executive Ricard Ivern said. "With this decision, Washington, DC will have better lighting, safer streets, faster repairs and a smarter, more sustainable lighting system - all at a significant cost savings."
A key part of the project will be Citelum's installation of LED lighting in every Ward of the District, which will help to build Washington's reputation as one of the greenest cities in the U.S. and add momentum to Mayor Vincent Gray's Sustainable D.C. Plan.
Citelum will bring its global experience working in such cities as London, Paris, Venice, Madrid, Mexico City and Shanghai to the U.S. capital. The Paris-based company established its U.S. headquarters in the District in 2012. This project is expected to create 40 new jobs.
"We look forward to shining a new light on one of America's most historic cities and showcasing the District's vibrant and ever-changing landscape," Ivern added. "We are excited to show the residents of the District, and the millions of tourists who come to the city every year from all over the world, the full potential of this project."
Citelum is the global leader in sustainable solutions for urban lighting. Citelum delivers services that balance cities' urban development needs, budgetary constraints and environmental imperatives. Its 3,600 employees operate more than 2.5 million street lights in 22 countries. Citelum lights and beautifies some of the largest and most recognizable cities around the world, including London, Paris, Venice, Madrid, Mexico City and Shanghai.
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