Making brighter cities

Brazilian trial success for Telensa

Telensa’s PLANet central management system demonstrates energy saving potential in Nova Iguaco, a city in Rio de Janeiro state

CAMBRIDGE, England, March 15, 2013: Telensa, the UK’s market-leading ‘smart’ wireless street lighting technology company, has successfully trialled its PLANet (Public Lighting Active Network) central management system (CMS) on the streets around the city hall of the district of Nova Iguacu, located in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.

The trial was carried out in collaboration with IlumiSUL and the mayor’s department in Nova Iguaco, and successfully demonstrated the capabilities and benefits of the Telensa wireless ultra narrow band central management system.

The PLANet system helps customers deliver significant savings on energy bills and to reduce carbon emissions as it provides centralised control of switching and dimming of each lamp and also automatically detects faulty street lights.

IlumiSUL is a local company focussed on providing best practice in street lighting to the local authorities around Rio and chose Telensa for this project because of its “best-in-class” technology and ease of installation.

Geraldo Guedez, managing director, IlumiSUL, said: “It’s amazing, you just plug in the Telensa telecell and you have complete control and monitoring of all the street lights, old and new!

According to Telensa, the positive results from the trial are expected to lead to the widespread use of the system across the city of Nova Iguacu and into neighbouring areas like Belford Roxo and Rio de Janeiro.

Paul Dunn, sales & marketing director, Telensa, said: “This trial further confirms the suitability of our systems for the Americas as well as its ease of installation and energy saving potential. Similar to other regions, Brazil has high energy costs and limited funds to pay for public lighting, so any savings that can be made in this area are especially welcome, particularly in the satellite towns around Rio.

Telensa’s telecells and dimming modules are fitted to street lights and these connect wirelessly to a base station which accommodates up to 10,000 telecells over a range of 1-2 miles or 2-3km (urban) and 3-5 miles or 5-8km (rural). Wide area coverage is then achieved by linking these base stations in a cellular architecture creating networks of several hundred thousand lights across hundreds of square miles.

The PLANet system is already used by scores of public authorities on hundreds of thousands of lights because of its long range, low power wireless technology, ease of deployment, reliability and cost-effectiveness. It can also be applied to all types of lighting fixtures, retro or new build deployments and works with a wide range of lamp types including LEDs.