The existing installation of 35,000 lights in Wiltshire has paid for itself in six years through reduced energy and maintenance costs.
Wiltshire Country Council in the UK is expanding its countywide smart streetlighting project by a further 7,000 lights, bringing its total to 42,000.
The smart lighting is controlled by the Telensa PLANet intelligent lighting ystem, which the Council claims has paid for itself in six years through reduced energy and maintenance costs.
The smart controls are also being upgraded as part of a broader LED replacement programme for which Ringway is the contractor and Atkins is the consultant. The combination of Telensa smart controls and advanced LED lights from Urbis Schréder has enabled the Council to implement more sophisticated lighting profiles that save energy and create a more pleasant urban environment.
The project that began this month is due for completion in October 2021.
“The addition of Telensa controls has helped the Council to significantly reduce our energy costs, whilst at the same time improving our street lighting service,” said Peter Binley, head of service, Highway Asset Management and Commissioning at Wiltshire Council.
He added: “Extending our partnership to a total of 42,000 smart streetlights countywide is an example of Wiltshire Council’s leadership in intelligent infrastructure to deliver a safer, smarter, and more efficient environment for its citizens.”
“Rising energy prices and tightening budgets mean that it is more important than ever to be able to offer local authorities deployment-proven solutions”
Telensa PLANet end-to-end intelligent street lighting system consists of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated wireless network, and a central management system. It maximises the benefits of LEDs and aims to pay for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs. The technology helps to turn streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors.
“Rising energy prices and tightening budgets mean that it is more important than ever to be able to offer local authorities deployment-proven solutions,” said Will Gibson, chief commercial officer, Telensa.
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