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December 17, 2015

Wireless LED streetlights transform Gloustershire into smart county

News: Project aims to save £17 million in energy costs.


Thousands of streetlights in Gloucestershire, UK, will help make the county smarter by using low power ultra narrow band (UNB) wireless technology.

In total, 55,000 LED streetlights, across over 1,000 sq. miles will be deployed.

End-to-end smart city solutions provider Telensa has been tasked with the deployment, part of Gloucestershire County Council’s plan to replace existing sodium lights, led by Skanska, with LED luminaires from Urbis Schréder.

The streetlights are wirelessly connected and controlled using Telensa’s PLANet Central Management System.

The company estimates that once completed, the project will deliver savings of approximately £17m over 12 years and reduce annual energy consumption by 7,000 carbon tonnes.

PLANet consists of telecells plugged into each streetlight, which connect wirelessly to a cloud-based control application via a small number of streetlight-mounted base stations.

The system gives the County Council complete control over their LED network, with the ability to vary lighting levels to suit changing local needs over time, or immediately in response to local events.

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Faults are reported automatically leading to faster repairs and reduced maintenance costs.

With the project, other smart city applications will be enabled including using connected streetlights as a communications hub for sensors such as traffic radar, connecting new control applications such as smart parking, or integrating lighting-based analytics with other smart city systems.

Will Gibson, CEO of Telensa, said: "Wireless controls and LED street lights are fast becoming the standard combination because together they deliver the maximum energy and cost savings.

"More importantly, wireless control enables forward-looking authorities like Gloucestershire to adjust local lighting levels over time to meet changing needs, future-proofing the LED investment."


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