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Aberdeen to install intelligent street lighting

The Scottish city has chosen technology company Pinacl to implement 3,500 lighting controllers and a LoRaWan network that will enable it to deploy other smart city applications.

The city-wide IoT network will provide a third layer of connectivity for Aberdeen
The city-wide IoT network will provide a third layer of connectivity for Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council has contracted North Wales tech company, Pinacl, to deploy intelligent street lighting in the Scottish city.


Aberdeen has invested in a £9.7m eight-year rolling programme of replacing the old inefficient and expensive street lighting with more efficient and cost-effective LED lighting


The St Asaph-based company will deliver an initial 3,500 lighting controllers along with a corresponding LoRaWAN network and lighting configuration management system (CMS). The new city-wide IoT network will also allow the council to deploy a variety of smart city solutions across the city in the future.


Major annual savings


The council said the solution will enable it to make major savings on its annual street lighting energy consumption and costs while also delivering operational and maintenance efficiencies.


According to Pinacl, the “quick to install” system gives the council complete control of its street lighting network and can dim and monitor light levels via the secure cloud-based CMS.


The city council’s energy costs for street lighting as of December 2015 were approximately £2m annually. Pinacl claims this will fall to less than £800,000 per year after all the street lighting has been replaced with LED lanterns.


The project delivers over 60 per cent reduction in street lighting electricity bills after completion of the LED replacement project.


“We are at the forefront of transforming the digital infrastructure in Aberdeen which will bring benefits not only to the council through savings, but also to residents by being smarter about getting our lights repaired,” said John Wheeler, councillor, Aberdeen City Council.


In addition to saving money the new LED lighting gives out a bright, clear light which is easier to the human eye, provides improved safety for pedestrians and clearer pictures for CCTV footage.

“We are at the forefront of transforming the digital infrastructure in Aberdeen”

The replacement LEDs also offer an increased lifetime over the legacy HID sodium lamps (x6) and fluorescent lamps (x4). They are also greener – more recyclable (up to 90 per cent) and they contain no mercury, lead or heavy metal and emit no UV radiation.


At present, the photocell will switch on the street light at a pre-set value (at dusk) and it will switch the light off again at another pre-set value (at dawn). The street light is either on, at full power, or off.


Pinacl is also collaborating with Lucy Zodion, designer and manufacturer of smart street lighting equipment with more than 10 years’ experience developing intelligent street lighting solutions for smarter cities.


This collaboration combines Pinacl’s knowledge and expertise in the Internet of Things (IoT) with Lucy Zodion’s expertise and leadership in intelligent street lighting.


“This IoT project lets us build on our relationship with the council which began with the design and installation of a city wide public wi-fi network and the expansion of the council’s fibre network, added Alasdair Rettie, technical director at Pinacl.


“The new city-wide IoT network provides a third layer of connectivity that will allow Aberdeen City council to efficiently deploy a variety of smart city solutions across the city.”


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