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City of Darwin installs smart streetlighting

The capital of Australia’s Northern Territory is deploying 10,000 replacement LED lights which will be wirelessly connected and controlled by Telensa’s management system.

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Darwin has been able to move to full deployment without the need for a pilot
Darwin has been able to move to full deployment without the need for a pilot

The City of Darwin in Australia is deploying 10,000 replacement LED lights on its street and public lighting network, which will be connected and controlled by Telensa’s PLANet intelligent street lighting system.

 

It is one of the largest council-run projects of its type in Australia and will be hosted by Amazon Web Services.

 

Transfer of control

 

This project follows a Northern Territory Government initiative to transfer the control of street lights to councils, with some now contracting for LED and smart controls upgrades.

 

By selecting a system proven at mass scale across the world, the City of Darwin was able to move directly to full deployment, eliminating the need to run a pilot system.

 

Telensa PLANet is an end-to-end intelligent streetlighting system, consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated wireless network owned by the city, and a central management application.

 

Telensa claims that the system pays for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs. It improves quality of service through automatic fault reporting, and also turns streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors.

This project follows a Northern Territory Government initiative to transfer the control of street lights to councils, with some now contracting for LED and smart controls upgrades

“Key infrastructure projects such as street and public lighting demand the highest standards to ensure reliability and value for money, and Telensa’s proposition more than satisfies both of those criteria,” said Scott Waters, chief executive officer, City of Darwin.

 

He added: “With Telensa’s PLANet system, Darwin will be able to reduce costs whilst improving our street and public lighting service. This project is another example of City of Darwin’s leadership, delivering a safer, smarter, and more efficient environment for our community.”

 

Telensa is one of the companies involved in the Urban Data Project with Microsoft and Qualcomm, which aims to help cities build future-proof operations driven by "data intelligence, trust and transparency".

 

“We are excited to be working with City of Darwin to deliver a modern, efficient and resilient street and public lighting system that will effectively respond to the community’s needs for decades to come,” said Will Gibson, chief commericial officer at Telensa. “Telensa’s flexibility and scalability means that we are able to begin deployment straight away.”

 

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