Work Underway to Improve Street Lighting Across the County, Incorporating Telensa’s PLANet System for Wireless Control, which will Save £17m in Energy Costs
Cambridge, 17th December 2015: Telensa, which provides end-to-end smart city solutions using its low power Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) wireless technology, has announced that work has begun on a major new deployment which will cover 55,000 LED streetlights over approximately 1,000 sq. miles across Gloucestershire, UK. The deployment, part of Gloucestershire County Council’s plan to replace existing sodium lights, is being led by Skanska, with LED luminaires from Urbis Schréder. The new streetlights are wirelessly connected and controlled using Telensa’s PLANet Central Management System. 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. Faults are reported automatically leading to faster repairs and reduced maintenance costs. LEDs also emit a better quality of light than exiting sodium lamps and reduce light pollution as they provide a more focused lighting area.
Telensa is the world leader in wireless streetlights, with projects covering a footprint of over 1 million streetlights worldwide. By connecting lights through a low-cost wireless network, further IoT applications can also be added quickly and cost-effectively. These include using connected streetlights as a communications hub for sensors such as traffic radar, to connect new control applications such as smart parking, or integrating lighting-based analytics with other smart city systems.
“Wireless controls and LED street lights are fast becoming the standard combination because together they deliver the maximum energy and cost savings,” said Will Gibson, CEO of Telensa. “But 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.”
Telensa makes wireless smart city control applications, including the world’s most widely deployed smart streetlight solution. Based on a compelling business case with proven scalability, Telensa’s solutions also provide a low-cost platform to add multiple city-wide sensor applications. The company’s smart parking solution includes some of the world’s largest deployments such as Moscow and Shenzhen.
Fundamental to Telensa’s success is its Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) radio system, which has the unique combination of low cost, long range, long battery life and 2-way communication for massive numbers of devices. With over 9 million devices across 30 countries using UNB, it is easy to see why it is fast becoming the deployment standard for smart city control applications.
Together with industry leaders including Cisco, Accenture and BT, Telensa is a founding member of the Wireless Internet of Things Forum (WIoTF). Created to drive standards adoption and establish common wide area smart city approaches, the WIoTF is committed to uniting the growing ecosystem and accelerating the adoption of wide-area wireless IoT. wireless-iot.org
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