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Harrisburg trials smart city tech via lighting infrastructure

The Pennsylvania capital is piloting traffic analytics, air quality monitoring and smart waste sensor systems using Telensa’s connected streetlighting system.

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Harrisburg realised the potential and additonal value of its lighting infrastructure
Harrisburg realised the potential and additonal value of its lighting infrastructure

The city of Harrisburg is extending its partnership with Telensa to trial smart cities technologies using its connected streetlight infrastructure.

 

The Pennsylvanian capital previously deployed a Telensa smart street lighting system in 2016 and saw the future potential to use this physical and network infrastructure to roll out additional smart technologies.

 

Smart services rolled out

 

Telensa partner sensors, including CA Traffic for traffic analytics, Libelium for air quality and FarSite for waste monitoring, have been installed as part of the smart city project.

 

The data from these sensors is analysed and combined with existing lighting data and displayed in a smart city dashboard.

 

This provides custom visualisation of multiple sensors, showing correlations across departments and driving insights for smarter, more efficient and joined up services.

 

Harrisburg is also set to test the use of technology for traffic adaptive lighting, whereby groups of streetlights can be dynamically adjusted in the central management system using real-time, raw traffic data received from a radar-based sensor.

“We live in a data-driven world, but we’re not going to monitor stuff just to monitor it, it has to make sense to the city”

Telensa claims this adaptive lighting results in energy savings of up to 30 per cent.

 

“We live in a data-driven world, but we’re not going to monitor stuff just to monitor it, it has to make sense to the city” said Wayne Martin, city engineer, Harrisburg. “

 

“That’s why we have chosen these smart city applications to open up endless possibilities for us to improve city efficiency and save money – the dollars can really add up.”

 

Harrisburg previously worked with Telensa to roll out more than 4,000 connected streetlights spanning the whole city, which Telansa claims has led to utility bill reductions of between 60- and 70 per cent.

 

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating again and deepening our relationship with the city of Harrisburg to utilise the connected streetlight infrastructure by adding smart city applications that bring more value to the city,” said Will Gibson, founder and chief commercial officer at Telensa.

 

“We are excited to showcase the potential of this technology and the benefits it can bring to the citizens of Harrisburg and those of other cities around the world.”

 

 

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