Making brighter cities

Amey selects Telensa for Birmingham street light contract

Cambridge, UK, December 13, 2010: Telensa Ltd., the leader in the remote control and monitoring of street lighting, has announced that Amey has chosen its PLANet system to support the 25 year, £2.7bn Birmingham Highways maintenance and management service. Telensa’s initial five-year contract is worth £4m.

The Highways partnership between Amey and Birmingham City Council is responsible for nearly 100,000 streetlights as well as roads, bridges and tunnels. PLANet will be used on all new and existing streetlights to control their switching and dimming; it will also monitor the performance of each light on a daily basis. From Amey’s operations centre, Telensa’sPLANet system communicates with all the lights using advanced wireless technology.

The centrally managed control and monitoring of all the Birmingham street lights presents an enormous opportunity to improve their operating efficiency and deliver better street lighting to the people of Birmingham,” said Mike Notman, Amey Project Director for the Birmingham management and maintenance service. “The new LED street lights, in conjunction with Telensa’sPLANet system will be central in delivering the UK’s most advanced and efficient street lighting network, saving about 40% energy compared to conventional street lighting.

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration, said: “As well as the significant environmental advantages of this work I have no doubt that the management of the LED street lights will also help to greatly improve the safety, security and the general environment of streets in the city.

Amey’s selection of the PLANet system is an important milestone in Telensa’s emergence as leader in street lighting management”, said Will Gibson, Telensa’s Managing Director. “Amey have supported us over several years in the testing of the system and we are delighted to see it now being deployed at significant scale across Birmingham.”.