Making brighter cities

Telensa street lighting system lights up Suffolk

Cambridge, UK, April 6, 2011: Telensa Ltd., the leader in the remote control and monitoring of street lighting, has announced that it has been awarded a 5-year, £2.5million contract by Suffolk County Council to control the county’s streetlights. Telensa’s PLANet system will control 56,000 units to regulate switching and dimming. The 14-month rollout of the project is scheduled to begin in April 2011.

PLANet is a highly cost effective wireless system for actively controlling, monitoring and metering large populations of outdoor streetlights, so they can be managed with maximum operational and energy efficiency. Telensa’s system is highly scalable in terms of its range and capacity, making it particularly suited to large county environments like Suffolk.

Suffolk County Council selected Telensa after testing several competitive systems and undertaking a comprehensive public tender process. The contract win is Telensa’s largest direct contract with a local authority.

We closely scrutinised the different options available on the market and came to the conclusion that Telensa’s system best met our requirements” stated Nigel Panting, Team Leader – Intelligent Transport Systems, Suffolk County Council. “PLANet will enable us to be more cost efficient in the operation of the county’s street lighting network – particularly in terms of helping us to save energy in a very manageable, reliable and flexible way.

Telensa understands the needs of local authorities and the street lighting industry in terms of simplicity, functionality, reliability and cost-effectiveness,” said Will Gibson, co-founder of Telensa. “Winning the contract with Suffolk County Council is testament to the quality and benefits of our system. We’re pleased that the Council has recognised how making this investment will help it to protect itself against the rising and increasingly uncertain future costs of street lighting provision. The council will soon be able to experience the effective management of operations, maintenance and energy consumption made possible by PLANet across its whole street lighting population.