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Edinburgh rolls out smart streetlight controls

System pays for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs and enables streetlight poles to act as hubs for smart city sensors

The smart streetlights are part of Edinburgh's energy-efficiency programme
The smart streetlights are part of Edinburgh's energy-efficiency programme

Smart streetlight controls are being deployed in 64,000 LED lights throughout Edinburgh as part of the Scottish city’s energy-efficiency programme.


Cambridge-based Telensa was selected by CGI Group, which is working with Edinburgh City Council to enable the introduction of integrated digital services, for an LED replacement contract run by Amey. The deployment is already underway and is expected to complete by the end of 2020.


Telensa PLANet is a wireless central management system (CMS) that enables centralised remote control of the city’s lighting. It consists of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, dedicated wireless connectivity, and a central management application.


“We are rolling out energy efficient street lights with smart remote controls to communities right across the capital, starting this summer and continuing on a ward-by-ward basis until the end of 2020,” said councillor Lesley Macinnes, transport and environment convener, Edinburgh City Council.


“We’re making every effort to minimise disruption to residents and businesses throughout and will target information to communities as the roll-out comes to their area.”


PLANet provides real-time monitoring to identify and track faults, which will cut the number of residents’ complaints about broken street lights and remove the need for street lighting staff to undertake night-time patrols to identify faulty lights.


It also measures actual energy consumption, submitting information directly to the meter administrator and increasing the accuracy of energy billing.


The company claims the system pays for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs, improves quality of service, and enables streetlight poles to act as hubs for smart city sensors.


“We are delighted to be working with Telensa to unlock the efficiency gains and smart city potential of connected street lighting,” said Justene Ewing, VP consulting services and partnership director for CGI at Edinburgh City Council.


“This project is another step in our long-term digital transformation of public services throughout Edinburgh.”


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