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UK local authority to replace 24,000 streetlights with LEDs

Medway Council in Kent will enable the region to adapt its street lighting network remotely, providing a critical service even during potential lockdowns.

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The system will automatically notify Medway Council of any faults with the lighting
The system will automatically notify Medway Council of any faults with the lighting

Medway Council in the UK is replacing 24,000 streetlights with LED lighting.

 

Highways service provider VolkerHighways has chosen the smart city data specialist Telensa to wirelessly connect and manage the lights using Telensa’s PLANet central management system (CMS).

 

Smart street lighting

 

Smart street lighting will enable the region to adapt its street lighting network remotely, providing a critical service even during potential lockdowns and save both energy and maintenance costs.

 

The deployment is expected to complete in July 2022.

 

“I am pleased that thousands of energy efficient lights will be installed across Medway over the next two years,” said councillor Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s portfolio holder for frontline services. “The new management system will allow us to switch the lights on and off and dim them, where necessary.

 

“This will give us better control over power consumption and the system will automatically notify us of any faults and reduce the need for regular inspections.

 

He added: “This project is just one of many ways that we are seeking to reduce our carbon footprint, improve the environment within Medway and start to lay the foundations for our smart city ambitions.”

 

Telensa PLANet is an end-to-end intelligent street lighting system, consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated wireless network, and a CMS.

“This project is just one of many ways that we are seeking to reduce our carbon footprint, improve the environment within Medway and start to lay the foundations for our smart city ambitions”

It is designed to maximise the benefits of LED and claims to pay for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs. It also enables automatic fault reporting and turns streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors.

 

“We are excited to be working with Medway Council to deliver a flexible and resilient street and public lighting system, that will respond to the community’s future needs,” said Brent Hudson, CEO at Telensa. “The current pandemic, rising energy prices and tightening budgets mean that it is more important than ever to be able to offer deployment-proven solutions to local authorities.”

 

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