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Dutch island implements light on demand

Solution incorporates thousands of wireless street lighting controllers to help save energy and minimise light pollution


Intelligent streetlights let the night sky of Texel be seen in all its glory
Intelligent streetlights let the night sky of Texel be seen in all its glory

The Dutch island of Texel is seeking to become fully energy neutral by 2020 and is rolling out a lighting infrastructure to deliver on that goal.


The intelligent street lighting network will allow the island to be illuminated only when and where it is necessary. Roll out of the new technology managed by Dynniq and on Texel’s network is thought to be one of the largest in Europe.


According to the providers, it gives the municipality advanced asset management software that enables it to gain complete control over its street lighting infrastructure, saving energy and minimising light pollution.


“We wanted to see the beautiful night sky above our island,” said Stephan Kikkert, project leader at the municipality of Texel.


“Smart streetlights help us achieve two major goals -- become energy neutral and preserve nocturnal darkness. The old streetlights made watching the night sky difficult because of the giant cloud of orange light hanging over the island. Now, we can see the stars and the Milky Way.”


Tvilight street lighting controllers CitySense run on a patented motion-sensing technology that allows the streetlights to automatically dim down or brighten up according to the real-time human presence.


The combination of new LED streetlights and “light on demand” enables Texel to preserve the night sky but also save two-thirds of the energy previously spent on outdoor lighting.


Using the software, Texel can remotely set up lighting scenarios, change the brightness levels of streetlights, switch the streetlights on and off, and more. The Tvilight open application programming interface permits a seamless integration of multiple smart city applications and third-party software/hardware such as traffic lights, VMS signs, sensors, and CCTV cameras.


“Texel demonstrates what other islands across the globe can achieve with intelligent street lighting. Tvilight helped transform Texel into a smart island where beautiful night sky can be enjoyed by everyone,” added Chintan Shah, CEO of Tvilight


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