CAMBRIDGE, UK, July 31, 2013: Telensa, the market-leading ‘smart’ street lighting technology company, is providing its PLANet (Public Lighting Active Network) central management system (CMS) for Leicester City Council’s £13.8 million pioneering LED street lighting energy reduction project.

Leicester City Council is replacing its entire network of 33,000 old-style sodium street lamps with new light emitting diode (LED) technology and simultaneously installing Telensa’s CMS to control, monitor and meter each LED’s performance. Once installed, the new system will help the council reduce the energy cost of the city’s street lighting by at least 57 per cent and help cut carbon emissions by over 5300 tons each year.

Using Telensa’s advanced ultra narrow band (UNB) wireless CMS will enable the council to accurately control the brightness of each lamp to suit the local environmental requirement through the night. The system also monitors the usage and energy consumption of each lantern and can instantly detect a faulty unit.

Will Gibson, managing director, Telensa, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this pioneering energy reducing project. Our PLANet system is used by more than 25 UK local authorities because it’s simple to deploy, reliable, cost-effective and can be applied to all types of lighting fixtures, retro or new build deployments. It also works with a wide range of lamp types including LEDs.

The replacement project – being carried out by contractor Balfour Beatty using OrangeTek AriaLEDs – is due to be completed by February 2016. Residential streets will be the priority and will undergo the upgrade in the first year of the contract, with the bigger traffic route lanterns being installed in years two and three.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “By investing in this new LED and CMS technology, we can dramatically reduce our carbon footprint, slash the cost of our street lighting and ensure that the city's road network stays well lit around the clock.

Telensa serves the growing demands of street lighting operators aiming to reduce energy and operating costs through automated management of the outdoor lighting inventory. The PLANet system comprises telecell control units & dimming modules, base-stations (or gateways), a central system server and a user interface.