Canberra to connect its street lights to the cloud

THE AUSTRALIAN capital Canberra is set to become the country’s largest standalone smart city project when it connects all its street lights to the cloud.

The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge in Canberra. Pic: Sam Ilić via Flickr Media Commons

The body responsible for conurbation’s infrastructure, Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS), has brought in tech firms Itron and Vinci Energies’ Electrix to deliver the ambitious ‘Internet of Things’ plan.

TCCS will deploy Itron’s multi-purpose network across the region, connecting streetlights on the network that will be managed by Itron’s Streetlight.Vision central management software. This project represents the first energy performance contract in Australia. 

With the Energy Performance Contract, Electrix, a leading provider of electrical engineering, construction and maintenance services, will operate, maintain and upgrade the streetlight network over a seven-year period.

This innovative model will help TCCS achieve significant energy savings, accelerate progress toward environmental goals, minimise the investment risk and help manage to fixed annual allocated budgets over the contract term.

Initial benefits of the network will include increased electrical safety and energy savings from energy efficient fittings, which can be tracked with metering on the lights.

Long term, Canberra will benefit from a Smart City Lab, which will be developed to test and develop additional smart city solutions such as, smart waste management, traffic monitoring, pollution sensing and other applications using the same network platform.

A new digital control maintenance management system will also be delivered as part of the upgrade to offer real-time monitoring of the network to automatically detect faults such as lamp failures or cable problems.

This will be the start of a seven-year collaboration that will focus on three key outcomes: keeping the lights on, getting energy efficient and contributing to Canberra being a smart city.

Paul Nelsen, Itron’s vice president of commercial and customer enablement for the Asia-Pacific region, told Lux: ‘Itron’s open standards-based, globally proven smart city network is the ideal platform to help councils and governments like TCCS to realise its vision to transform critical city services for consumers.

‘We’re excited to work with TCCS and Electrix on this innovative project, which showcases the power of collaboration and creativity. Together, we will develop a strategic, scalable process for rolling out smart city applications under a single, unified network.’ 

‘Electrix has extensive local expertise in maintenance of electrical infrastructure, particularly street lighting. We are excited to apply our experience in collaboration with TCCS and Itron on this unique project,’ said Tony Croagh general manager, Electrix.


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