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UK county upgrades controls on 82,000 residential streetlights

Essex claims to have one of the largest streetlight central management systems in the world and reckons it knows from experience it will save around 60 per cent on energy usage.

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The remaining non-LED streetlights will be upgraded as part of the programme
The remaining non-LED streetlights will be upgraded as part of the programme

Essex County Council has chosen connected streetlighting and smart city applications provider Telensa to replace and upgrade the smart streetlighting controls on 82,000 residential streetlights across the UK county.

 

The council has used the company’s smart controls to reduce streetlight energy consumption for more than 10 years and will deploy its next generation smart streetlighting product.

 

Advanced lighting features

 

Essex County Council claims to have one of the largest streetlight central management systems in the world. Introducing Telensa’s latest technology into the network will provide support for advanced smart lighting features such as adaptive dimming based on traffic flows, automatic location of assets and open software interfaces for seamless integration with other smart city systems in the future.

 

“Essex will make savings every year as the remaining non-LED streetlights are upgraded to LEDs with smart controls,” said councillor Lee Scott, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for highways maintenance and sustainable transport. “We know from experience that they will save on average around 60 per cent energy usage, so reducing costs and saving thousands of tons of carbon emissions involved in generating electricity.”

 

The new programmable LED lights will be controlled and monitored by the Telensa central management system, PLANet, and via Telensa’s next-generation of Telecell smart controls.

“We know from experience that they will save on average around 60 per cent energy usage, so reducing costs and saving thousands of tons of carbon emissions involved in generating electricity”

Using its network planning software and consulting services, Telensa has modelled Essex County Council’s streetlight infrastructure to optimise its set-up and to provide a future-proof, resilient and scalable system in line with the council’s changing needs.

 

Deployment is already underway to give the Council a robust system for at least the next ten years and this will form the foundation of the upgrade of 82,000 streetlights to LED.

 

“Our new contract with Essex Highways is testimony to the benefits that Telensa’s central management system has provided the county. We are now seeing some of our earliest customers re-committing to Telensa based on the benefits they have realised over the last decade,” added Brent Hudson, CEO, Telensa.

 

Telensa PLANet has a footprint of two million lights around the world. Its Urban IQ system aims to help cities build a business case for smart street lighting to provide cities and utilities with an open, low-cost platform to add multiple sensor applications.

 

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