Darwin is latest city to go smart with its street lighting

DARWIN IN northern Australia has become the latest conurbation to opt for a city-wide smart street lighting system.

In what is set to become one of the large largest local authority-run projects of its type in Australia, Darwin will replace close to 10,000 lights on its street and public lighting network with LEDs wirelessly connected by UK firm Telensa.

Street lighting engineers in Darwin will be able to add additional digital services to the city’s street lighting network following the installation of the smart lighting technology.

The luminaires will be controlled by the Telensa Central Management System (CMS) and hosted in Australia by Amazon Web Services.

This project follows a Northern Territory Government initiative to transfer the control of street lights to councils, with some now contracting for LED and smart controls upgrades.

Telensa PLANet is an end-to-end intelligent street lighting system, consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated wireless network owned by the city, and a central management application.

The system is said to pay for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs, and it improves quality of service through automatic fault reporting, and turns streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors.

With more than 1.7 million lights connected, Telensa PLANet is the world’s most popular connected streetlight system.

‘Key infrastructure projects such as street and public lighting demand the highest standards to ensure reliability and value for money, and Telensa’s proposition more than satisfies both of those criteria,’ Scott Waters, chief executive officer of the City of Darwin told Lux.

‘With this system, Darwin will be able to reduce costs whilst improving our street lighting service. This project is another example of City of Darwin’s leadership, delivering a safer, smarter, and more efficient environment for our community.’

‘We’re excited to be working with City of Darwin to deliver a modern, efficient and resilient street and public lighting system that will effectively respond to the community’s needs for decades to come,’ said Will Gibson, founder and chief commercial officer at Telensa.

‘Telensa’s flexibility and scalability means that we are able to begin deployment straight away, and we’re looking forward to working with the City of Darwin on low-cost smart city applications which can be enabled by the city’s new lighting network.’

The Darwin installation follows a similar decision by the nearby City of Palmerston, Australia, to deploy the Telensa intelligent street lighting system as part of an LED streetlight upgrade project.

The city will replace 5,000 streetlights with wirelessly connected LEDs, controlle by Telensa’s central management system (CMS) hosted in Australia by Amazon Web Services.

This project follows a Northern Territory Government initiative to transfer the control of public light back to councils, who are now contracting in the private sector for LED and smart controls upgrades. The deployment of the new system will start immediately.


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