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National Exhibition Centre Selects Telensa for Wireless Outdoor Lighting Solution

Smart controls reduce the NEC’s energy and carbon footprint, and integrate with existing Building Management System

Cambridge, UK 28th July 2020: Telensa, the market leader in connected street lighting and smart city applications, today announced that it has been selected by the NEC, Birmingham to deploy Telensa PLANet wireless controls on its outdoor street and parking area lighting. The deployment is part of NEC Sustain; a campaign by the venue to prevent energy-waste for greener events.

The connected streetlights will cover both parking areas and streets leading to parking areas over the 652-acre site. The project includes API integration with the NEC’s Demma Building Management System (BMS). The integration enables single sign-on and real-time commands to respond to unscheduled events at the 24/7 venue, such as deliveries.

In any major facility or campus, indoor operations like lighting and heating are typically controlled by a sophisticated Building Management System (BMS). But outdoor lighting in car parks and access roads is not connected to the BMS, eliminating the potential for substantial energy savings. Telensa’s Control API enables a BMS like Demma to provide timed, event-specific or sensor-triggered lighting programs across many zones, and to dim lights when not required, reducing skyglow and glare for surrounding neighbourhoods.

Telensa PLANet technology already controls nearly two million municipal streetlights around the world. It also controls outdoor lighting in a number of high-profile private facilities, including ports, airports, retail and distribution.

“Our Control API enables facility managers to add long-range outdoor lighting control to their Building Management Systems”, said Will Gibson, Founder & Chief Commercial Officer, Telensa. “The NEC is pioneering this approach to deliver substantial energy and carbon reduction, and we’re delighted to be working with the them to deliver a proven solution that will grow with the sites future plans”.

“The NEC is committed to sustainability and smart street lighting is a great contributor”, commented Phil Dyke, Group Engineering Manager, NEC Group. “We’re excited to be working with Telensa on a project that will reduce our carbon footprint and work better for our 2.4 million yearly visitors.”

About Telensa

Telensa makes wireless smart city applications, helping cities around the world save energy, work smarter and deliver more joined-up services for their citizens. Telensa PLANet is the world’s most deployed smart streetlight solution, with a footprint of 1.8 million lights. Urban IQ, powered by Microsoft builds on the compelling business case for smart street lighting to provide cities and utilities with an open, low-cost platform to add multiple sensor applications. Telensa is based in Cambridge in the UK, and manufactures with Sony UK Tech in Pencoed, Wales. It also has regional operations in the USA and Australia.

About the NEC

Opening in 1976 the NEC has grown significantly to become the UK’s number one venue choice for organisers, exhibitors and visitors. For 40 years the venue has challenged, questioned and pushed the events industry to ensure they continue to evolve and embrace change. As a respected leader in the events industry, the NEC understand the responsibility to act with honesty and transparency at all times, this can be seen in the NEC Sustain campaign that has been trailblazing the sustainability cause for a decade.

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