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UK council uses smart streetlights to realise its 2030 Vision

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands plans to install more than 11,000 wirelessly connected lights by 2022 and convert all of its streetlights to LED as part of the upgrade.

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The Telensa platform will allow the council to remotely tailor lighting for each location
The Telensa platform will allow the council to remotely tailor lighting for each location

Sandwell Council in the West Midlands has contracted Telensa to deploy smart street lighting infrastructure as part of the region’s 2030 Vision initiative.

 

The UK council plans to install some 4,000 lights by 2020, with the intention to increase this to more than 11,000 by 2022 and is converting all its streetlights to LED as part of the upgrade.

 

Invest-to-save initiative

 

The streetlights will be wirelessly connected and managed using Telensa’s PLANet system which will give the council control over lighting levels. It will also enable it to remotely tailor the streetlights for each location, in addition to delivering energy and maintenance cost savings.

 

The project is backed by Salix Finance as part of an “invest-to-save” initiative into which the council is also investing. The investment is expected to pay for itself within seven years.

 

Salix Finance is a government-funded organisation that aims to enable the UK public sector to take a lead in tackling climate change, by providing interest-free loans for energy efficiency projects.

 

“Our 2030 Vision project seeks to inspire our residents by creating a local atmosphere in which they can say they’re proud to be from Sandwell,” said Amy Harhoff, director of regeneration and growth, Sandwell Council.

 

“We are excited to be working with Telensa on a project that will reduce the council’s carbon footprint and provide crucial financial savings.”

“This deployment further expands our presence in the West Midlands where a true commitment is being shown to the promise of smart city technologies by forward-looking councils"

PLANet is an end-to-end intelligent street lighting system, consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated network owned by the city and a central management application. It improves quality of maintenance through automatic fault reporting and turns streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors.

 

“This deployment further expands our presence in the West Midlands where a true commitment is being shown to the promise of smart city technologies by forward-looking councils [which] are now reaping the economic and efficiency benefits that they can provide,” added Will Gibson, founder and chief commercial officer at Telensa.

 

“We are delighted to have been chosen by Sandwell to play an instrumental role in [its] connected street lighting project and look forward to working with the council to ensure a smooth transition to the new technology.”

 

Salix claims to have provided over £190m of interest-free funding towards street lighting upgrades with 81 local authorities in England, and those projects are expected to deliver annual savings of over £36m and 130,000 tonnes of carbon.

 

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