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Hong Kong pilots smart street lighting

Wireless solution also provides a low-cost platform for smart city applications

The pilot will run in the New Territories area of Yuen Long Town in Hong Kong
The pilot will run in the New Territories area of Yuen Long Town in Hong Kong

The Highways Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) has selected connected street lighting and smart city application provider, Telensa, to deploy its PLANet intelligent street lighting system in a pilot programme.


The programme is being led by engineering services group South King-Kum Shing JV to replace approximately 600 streetlights in Yuen Long Town with wirelessly managed LED lights. The Yuen Long community has a population of 148,000 and is located in the New Territories.


Telensa PLANet is an end-to-end smart street lighting system, consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated wireless network owned by the city, and a central management application. The system claims to pay for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs, improves quality of service through automatic fault reporting, and has the capacity to turn streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors.


“We’re delighted to be working with our partners, the Highways Department of the HKSARG and South King-Kum Shing JV, to pilot an efficient, resilient and smart street lighting system for Hong Kong, one that will be responsive to citizens’ needs for decades to come,” said Will Gibson, founder and chief commercial officer at Telensa. “We’re looking forward to working together in future on low-cost smart city applications, enabled by the city’s lighting network.”


Telensa PLANet has a global footprint of 1.5 million lights. Its low power wide area (LPWA) wireless networks attach to light poles and can provide city or region-wide coverage in a matter of days.


The company is working alongside other leading vendors within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to develop standards for LPWA networks. It is also a founding member of ETSI’s City Digital Profile (CDP) that aims to help accelerate the delivery of integrated citizen services and provide a technology roadmap for city leaders.


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