Devon County Council will roll out the system in Exeter and Torbay to wirelessly control 11,000 streetlights and plans further expansion of the network to other smart city applications.
Devon County Council is upgrading its streetlighting to a smart control system in the city of Exeter and borough of Torbay.
The council and SSE Contracting have chosen Telensa’s central management system (CMS) PLANet to wirelessly communicate with 11,000 streetlights so that they can be managed and maintained remotely.
As the smart streetlighting will help the council to reduce energy costs and CO₂ emissions, and enable it to manage its lighting more responsively in line with the needs of citizens, a further expansion of the network is planned.
Connecting streetlights into an intelligent wireless platform and central management system is the next step in the council’s policy to reduce its carbon emissions while simultaneously improving the services it provides to citizens.
“The streetlighting contract is extremely important as we continue to reduce our carbon emissions,” said councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management. “Streetlights account for a significant amount of the council’s emissions so our shift to LED combined with central control will help us make further energy and carbon savings.”
The new LED replacements will reportedly realise up to 60 per cent in carbon reduction and with the added benefit of extending Telensa’s Central Management System (CMS) to manage a further 13,000 lights, Devon County Council will gain greater control of the lighting and further potential savings. It will also enable the council to better respond to lighting failures and create safer communities as lights can be adjusted as necessary.
“Devon Council’s streetlighting policy seeks out new savings in energy consumption to reduce carbon emissions and negate the impact of rising energy costs”
Devon County Council was seeking a smart streetlighting solution that can be expanded to include other smart city systems. Telensa’s TALQ2 certification ensures full interoperability with a range of outdoor device networks and smart city solutions. Environmental monitoring, traffic counting, gully sensors and smart parking may all be added onto the platform in the future.
The PLANet CMS software also supports integration with other city systems such as Devon’s asset and fault management systems.
“Devon Council’s streetlighting policy seeks out new savings in energy consumption to reduce carbon emissions and negate the impact of rising energy costs,” added Brent Hudson, CEO, Telensa.
“This sits within a wider policy to bring the benefits of smart city living to its residents. We recently deployed our two millionth Telecell so we were able to point to real-life deployments where councils right now, both in the UK and internationally, are reaping the environmental and cost saving benefits of Telensa PLANet and our smart streetlighting platform.”
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