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New Zealand city embarks on smart lighting journey

End-to-end intelligent street lighting system will give Dunedin City Council control over lighting levels with the lights remotely tailored to suit each location.

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Dunedin is committed to delivering smarter and more joined-up services
Dunedin is committed to delivering smarter and more joined-up services

New Zealand city Dunedin is set to deploy a smart streetlight system from Telensa as part of an upgrade to its streetlighting network.

 

There are approximately 15,000 high-pressure sodium streetlights on the Dunedin streetlight network. These lights are reaching the end of their useful life and are being converted as part of a contract with Broadspectrum to light emitting diodes (LEDs).

 

Committed to intelligent infrastructure

 

The LEDs will be wirelessly connected and managed by Telensa’s PLANet system.

 

“This project shows our commitment to intelligent infrastructure and how we’re delivering a safer, more cost-effective service environment,” said Richard Saunders, group manager transport at Dunedin City Council.

 

“We’re excited to be working with Telensa and Broadspectrum to make our streetlights smart and to create a platform to deliver smarter, more joined-up services to our residents in the future.”

 

PLANet will give Dunedin City Council control over lighting levels with the lights remotely tailored to suit each location in Dunedin. PLANet is an end-to-end intelligent street lighting system consisting of wireless nodes to connect individual lights, a dedicated network owned by the city, and a central management application.

“Cities across New Zealand are increasingly adopting wireless control systems for their streetlights – reaping significant environmental, cost and maintenance benefits”

The system will support the LEDs in reducing energy and maintenance costs, while improving the efficiency of maintenance through automatic fault reporting and turning streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors.

 

“Cities across New Zealand are increasingly adopting wireless control systems for their streetlights – reaping significant environmental, cost and maintenance benefits as well as providing a platform for future smart city applications,” added Will Gibson, founder and chief commercial officer at Telensa.

 

“Following our projects with Whakatane and Wellington, we are delighted to now also be working with Broadspectrum and Dunedin City Council to bring these capabilities to yet another city in New Zealand.”

 

This project is 85 per cent funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency and work is expected to take 18-24 months. The transport agency is fast-tracking co-investment with local authorities in LED street lighting and controls.

 

Policy changes in 2015, means local authorities can replace existing road lights with LED and controls immediately, rather than wait until they reach the end of their useful life.

 

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