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University of Leicester has implemented a smart lighting control system as part of measures to reduce energy consumption while City of Stirling has opted for a network-as-a-service solution.
Networked streetlight provider Telensa has extended its global footprint with the deployment of two intelligent lighting control systems in cities in the UK and Australia.
The University of Leicester has selected its smart lighting control system as part of the university’s measures to reduce energy consumption and light pollution. Meanwhile, the City of Stirling is the first council in Western Australia to opt for a network-as-a-service (NaaS) solution to provide the city with wireless streetlight controls and a central management system (CMS).
According to Telensa, its smart lighting solution will enable the university to manage and control its external lighting estate, remotely, from a secure online portal delivering a range of new operational and energy-saving efficiencies. The smart lighting system over time will control all external lighting across the entire university estate.
A beneficiary of the UK government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme grants, the university is in the process of upgrading existing campus lighting that is nearing the end of its life to more energy-efficient LED lighting.
The introduction of Telensa’s wireless lighting control system, PLANet, as part of the LED upgrade, will further help to reduce the university’s energy consumption and associated bills through more sophisticated control of operating hours and illumination levels.
The university aspires to use its revolving green fund, which takes savings from energy efficiency projects and reinvests them in new projects, to upgrade its remaining external lighting
The control system also makes it possible for the university to precisely measure the amount of energy the external lighting is consuming.
Although used by local authorities, including Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council, the University of Leicester is understood to be the first university in the UK to adopt such a system.
With the first phase complete, the university aspires to use its revolving green fund, which takes savings from energy efficiency projects and reinvests them in new projects, to upgrade its remaining external lighting.
In a separate statement, Telensa announced that the City of Stirling is the first council in Western Australia to opt for a network-as-a-service (NaaS) solution to provide the city with wireless streetlight controls and a central management system (CMS).
The NaaS model is specifically developed to bring smart streetlighting benefits to customers with small-sized lighting networks.
In a project managed by MG Group and environmental consultancy, Ecoscape, public lighting in Princess Wallington Reserve has been converted to LED luminaires, supplied by local lighting specialist, Mondoluce.
All the lights will be wirelessly connected and managed using Telensa’s CMS. The city’s new intelligent lighting system will enable it to monitor and manage the lights in the reserve remotely and thereby reduce the associated cost and burden of their maintenance.
The City will be able to vary lighting levels throughout the park to save energy and reduce emissions all at the click of a mouse, Telensa reports.
As the number of smart control devices deployed grows, the cost per light reportedly reduces
Telensa claims the NaaS model is perfectly suited to councils wanting to manage smaller numbers of lights as it reduces both the upfront and ongoing costs of using the application.
It says that councils adopting the model make immediate savings without the need for a large investment in network infrastructure. These councils gain access to the CMS application, data, dashboards and integration interfaces right from their first deployment, paying “as-a-service” only on the number of lights controlled.
As the number of smart control devices deployed grows, the cost per light reportedly reduces.
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