Telensa supports Doncaster Council’s Smartlight project

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Telensa, a provider of end-to-end smart city solutions using its low power UNB wireless technology, is deploying smart city wireless control systems for 33,000 LED streetlights in Doncaster, UK.

The deployment is part of Doncaster Council’s Smartlight project that will see existing lights replaced by LED luminaires from Urbis Schréder, the company said.

The Smartlight project, also involving Salix Finance and Eon, is part of an-invest-to save initiative into which the council is investing £8.2m

The new streetlights are wirelessly connected and managed using Telensa’s PLANet system, ensuring lighting levels are set correctly and power consumption is accurately recorded.

Doncaster’s Smartlight project will deliver savings of approximately £1.3m annually by reducing energy consumption by 8.7m kilowatt hours and carbon emissions by 4700 carbon tons. Doncaster Borough covers 200 square miles and is home to over 300,000 people.

Telensa’s PLANet system 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 accurately records the power consumption of each streetlight, allowing the council to ensure that it only pays for the energy consumed.

The project is expected to reduce the council’s lighting energy bill by half while also providing an improved quality of light, according to Telensa.

The upgrade also helps Telensa add more IoT applications such as using connected streetlights as a communications hub for sensors such as traffic or air quality measurement, connecting new control applications such as smart parking, or integrating lighting-based analytics with other smart city systems.

Will Gibson, CEO Telensa, said, “Connecting LED streetlights with smart city control is compelling because it pays for itself with extra savings in energy usage and avoiding needless maintenance visits, whilst giving the flexibility to centrally evolve lighting programs over time, future-proofing the LED investment.”

“The Smartlight Project is a fantastic scheme which will result in better quality lighting, a reduced carbon footprint and crucial financial savings for the council,” Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said.

Rajani Baburajan

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