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Telensa lights the way for Whakatane

It is part of the New Zealand Transport Agency’s programme to convert existing road lighting to wirelessly managed LED lights

Around 2,500 of Whakatane's existing streetlights will be replaced by LED
Around 2,500 of Whakatane's existing streetlights will be replaced by LED

New Zealand’s Whakatane District Council has selected Telensa to deploy its PLANet intelligent streetlighting system.


The project, part of a New Zealand Transport Agency programme to convert existing road lighting to LED, will involve replacing Whakatane’s 2,500 streetlights with wirelessly managed LEDs.


The project is due to be completed by the connected street lighting and smart city applications specialist in June 2018.


Telensa PLANet is an end-to-end intelligent 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 pays for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs, improves quality of service through automatic fault reporting, and turns streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors.


“Telensa PLANet will help Whakatane District Council reduce costs whilst improving our streetlighting service,” said Martin Taylor, council transportation manager. “This project is a significant step forward in intelligent infrastructure and will deliver a safer, smarter, and more efficient service environment for district residents.”


“Following our recent announcement with Wellington, we are delighted to be working with Whakatane to deliver a more efficient streetlighting service, one that can respond to the District’s changing needs,” added Will Gibson, founder and chief commercial officer at Telensa.


“We are also excited about the potential for low-cost smart city applications, enabled by the new lighting network.”


Telensa’s low power wide area (LPWA) wireless networks attach to light poles. They can provide city or region-wide coverage in a matter of days, the company reports, and are designed to run reliably for decades. The company is working alongside other vendors within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to develop standards for LPWA networks.


Telensa 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 road map for city leaders who will benefit from standardised solutions from their suppliers.



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