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As well as control and manage the city’s lighting, the T-Light Galaxy Network from ST Engineering will provide a backbone for more advanced smart city applications.
Cleveland, Ohio, has deployed a wireless networked lighting control system from ST Engineering Telematics Wireless to manage the city’s 61,000 streetlights.
The city-owned utility, Cleveland Public Power, rolled out the T-Light Galaxy communications infrastructure in three business days utilising FCC licensed frequencies to ensure the system is both secure and reliable.
The entire project combines the conversion of all streetlights in the city to LED with the Telematics lighting control system and 1,000 cameras that are operated by the Cleveland Police Department.
“This digital transformation of our streetlights fulfils a key component of the Safe, Smart CLE project launched earlier this year,” said Ivan Henderson, commissioner, Cleveland Public Power.
“Not only does the Telematics wireless system enable us to control and manage our streetlight operations far more efficiently and cost-effectively, it also provides Cleveland the backbone for more advanced, future-ready smart city applications like the high-definition images and our police department’s remote control of streetlights that can be dimmed or brightened throughout the city.”
According to ST Engineering, smart lighting controls can reduce annual operating costs by as much as 20 per cent in addition to the anticipated 50 per cent cost savings from converting to LED.
“It also provides Cleveland the backbone for more advanced, future-ready smart city applications like the high-definition images and our police department’s remote control of streetlights”
In the Cleveland installation, the T-Light Galaxy platform functions as a wide-area communications network. The end-to-end solution provides a web-accessed application software, BrightCity, with 61,000 individual networked lighting controllers for each streetlight’s operation.
The system enables Cleveland to set different light intensity for residential, commercial and industrial locations, pre-programme schedules for routine and real-time management of special conditions, and proactively manage maintenance support.
“Cleveland’s adoption and installation of the T-Light Galaxy streetlight control system is ultimately part of a bold statement from one of the country’s premier smart cities,” added Amir Hirsch, business development, ST Engineering Telematics Wireless.
“It demonstrates a genuine commitment to visionary leadership, service, sustainability and cost containment for all the city’s citizens.”
For the Cleveland project, ST Engineering installed three gateways to cover the entire city’s network of streetlights, and a fourth gateway is planned for city-wide redundant coverage.
The city plans to test other smart devices that run on Telematics Wireless’ Galaxy Network in the near future.
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