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Australia's largest standalone smart lighting project announced

Transport Canberra and City Services is partnering with Itron and Vinci Energies to create an IIoT network to support smart city and energy services in the country’s capital city.

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The lighting project contributes to Canberra's efforts to become a smart city
The lighting project contributes to Canberra's efforts to become a smart city

Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) is partnering with Itron and Vinci Energies’ Electrix to create an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) network to support smart city and energy services in Canberra.

 

TCCS, which manages streetlights and other critical infrastructure in Australia’s capital city, will deploy Itron’s multi-purpose network across the region. The streetlights connected on the network will be managed by Itron’s Streetlight.Vision central management software.

 

Helping to create a smart Canberra

 

This will form the start of a seven-year collaboration that will focus on three key outcomes: keeping the lights on; becoming energy efficient; and contributing to Canberra being a smart city.

 

According to the partners, the project represents the largest standalone smart lighting project in Australia and the first energy performance contract in Australia and Oceania.

 

Initial benefits of the network will include increased electrical safety and energy savings from energy efficient fittings, which can be tracked with metering on the lights.

 

Long term, Canberra is expected to benefit from a smart city lab, which will be developed to test and develop additional smart city solutions such as, smart waste management, traffic monitoring, pollution sensing and other applications using the same network platform.

"The smart city network is the ideal platform to help councils and governments like TCCS to realise its vision to transform critical city services for consumers”

 

A new digital control maintenance management system will also be delivered as part of the upgrade to offer real-time monitoring of the network to automatically detect faults such as lamp failures or cable problems.

 

“Itron’s open standards-based, globally proven smart city network is the ideal platform to help councils and governments like TCCS to realise its vision to transform critical city services for consumers,” said Paul Nelsen, vice president of commercial and customer enablement for the Asia-Pacific region, Itron.

 

“Together, we will develop a strategic, scalable process for rolling out smart city applications under a single, unified network.”

 

Energy performance

 

Under the terms of the energy performance contract, electrical engineering, construction and maintenance services provider Electrix will operate, maintain and upgrade the streetlight network over the seven-year period.

 

The providers claim the model will help TCCS achieve significant energy savings, accelerate progress toward environmental goals, minimise investment risk and help manage fixed annual allocated budgets over the contract term

 

“Electrix has extensive local expertise in maintenance of electrical infrastructure, particularly street lighting. We are excited to apply our experience in collaboration with TCCS and Itron on this unique project,” added Tony Croagh general manager, Electrix.

 

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