Council down under gets smart with street lighting pilot

The technology is expected to pay for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs

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A local authority in Australia is to trial a new smart street lighting project for two years.

Sunshine Coast Council has chosen Telensa to deploy its PLANet intelligent system in the Maroochydore City Centre development and in nearby Evans Street.

The wireless technology, due to be deployed next month, is expected to pay for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs and improve quality of service through automatic fault reporting.

It also has the capacity to turn streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors such as for air quality, traffic analytics and waste monitoring.

The project aims to demonstrate the social, environmental and financial benefits of adaptive street lighting for the development of smart cities.

Economic Development and Innovation Portfolio Councillor Steve Robinson said: “By making our streetlights smart, Telensa will help us reduce costs and improve the streetlighting experience as well as providing a platform for smart sensor applications.

“This deployment is another example of the council’s commitment to intelligent infrastructure that delivers a safe, smarter and more efficient environment for our citizens.”

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