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Wellington City Council selects Telensa for its smart street light management system

Telensa PLANet is the world’s most deployed smart streetlight solution, with a global footprint of more than one million lights

Wellington opts for Telensa's connected lighting
Wellington opts for Telensa's connected lighting

Connected lighting and smart city application specialist Telensa has been chosen by Wellington City Council to deploy its PLANet intelligent street lighting system. This is an end-to-end system consisting of wireless nodes that connect individual LED lights, a dedicated wireless network owned by the city, and a central management application.


All 18, 000 of the city’s sodium vapour lamps will be replaced with LED lumens. The project began this month and is due for completion in June 2018.


“We’re delighted to be working with Wellington City Council to deliver a more efficient, more resilient street lighting system that will be responsive to citizens’ needs for decades to come,” said Will Gibson, founder and chief commercial officer at Telensa. “And we’re looking forward to working together on low-cost smart city applications, enabled by the city’s new lighting network.”


The system pays for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs, improves quality of service through automatic fault reporting, and uses streetlight poles for supporting hubs for smart city sensors.


An on-going deployment of Telensa’s smart lighting is in Gloucestershire involving 55,000 lights, which is registering a saving of £17m. Over in the US, the connected lighting deployment in the City of Harrisburg PA has reduced its energy bills by 70 per cent.


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


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