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London expands smart lighting

The lights are connected by Silver Spring Networks Starfish platform, which is built on Wi-SUN IoT mesh technology

The smart street lights will help the City of London achieve its energy-saving goals
The smart street lights will help the City of London achieve its energy-saving goals

The City of London and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is deploying more than 28,000 smart street lights through Silver Spring Networks’ Starfish platform-as-a-service.


This adds to Silver Spring’s previously announced London installation in the City of Westminster. The deployment is through a partnership with urbancontrol, one of Silver Spring Networks’ channel partners.


The platform was selected to provide 100 per cent coverage in the dense urban setting of the City of London, including streets, lanes and alleyways where cellular technology is unavailable, and star networks could not reach.


The Square Mile is a global financial hub and Central Business District through which over 450,000 commuters pass through daily. The smart street lights will help the City of London achieve its energy savings goals and reduce operational costs, while also improving service reliability and helping to lay a platform for future IoT applications.


“The reliability, resilience and cyber security of the system were key requirements for us. We thoroughly evaluated technology options which were proven to connect critical devices at-scale, and guarantee highly reliable coverage, regardless of where the device is connected in the City,” said Giles Radford, highways manager, City of London Corporation. “We look forward to working with urbancontrol to deploy Silver Spring technology that will help drive smart city services for the City of London.”


In East London, the Borough of Barking and Dagenham is aiming to drive energy efficiency through remote dimming and brightening of the new smart street lights. The programme is a core aspect of the Borough’s goal to become the Green Energy Capital of London, and an important aspect within the selection was Silver Spring’s ability to deploy additional IoT services in the future.


The reseller agreement between urbancontrol and Silver Spring Networks aims to help cities and other public lighting operators in the UK deliver smart street lighting programmes and establish a foundation for future Internet of Things (IoT) applications and services such as smart water, traffic signals, and environmental sensors.


“Silver Spring’s proven performance, reliability, system security and smart city flexibility makes it the best networking choice for the requirements for London boroughs both now and in the future,” said Stuart Wilson, director of urbancontrol. “We believe that our city customers are setting an exemplary example for smart lighting and broader IoT deployments in London and across the UK market.”


“Our partnership with urbancontrol to expand Silver Spring multi-application technology across London demonstrates that cities are looking to upgrade existing services, with a keen eye to future opportunities for smart city and IoT initiatives,” said Brian McGuigan, European sales director, Smart Cities at Silver Spring Networks. “We’d encourage boroughs across London to collaborate on innovation, enabled through open standards-based technology, so that the benefits can spread across its communities.”



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