A UK-based maker of connected streetlights, Telensa, reported that the Sunshine Coast Council of Australia has selected Telensa to deploy its PLANet intelligent street lighting system, for a 24-month pilot project. The pilot project will create, demonstrate, and test a smart infrastructure in the Maroochydore City Centre development, and in nearby Evans Street.
The council says that Sunshine Coast is one of the largest and fastest growing regional economies in Australia, and says the Maroochydore City Centre development will create a new capital city for the region with smart technology embedded from the outset.
With the pilot project, Telensa intends to demonstrate the social, environmental, and financial benefits of adaptive street lighting. The project is also intended to show the potential for adding smart city sensors like those for measuring air quality, monitoring and analyzing traffic, as well as waste monitoring and management. Telensa plans to deploy the system in September.
Australia’s Sunshine Coast Selects Telensa for Smart Street Lighting Pilot
Telensa PLANet offers an end-to-end smart street lighting system, which employs a central management system a wireless nodes connecting and a dedicated wireless network owned by the city. The system provides services beyond just lighting and lighting analytics to add value.
Telensa claims that its PLANet system pays for itself through reduced energy and maintenance costs, and improves service quality through automatic fault reporting. Additionally, the system can transform streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors. Uniquely, the pilot project will allow the creation demonstration and testing of a smart infrastructure from scratch without having to integrate legacy infrastructure.
“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,” said Sunshine Coast Council’s Economic Development and Innovation Portfolio Councillor, Steve Robinson. “This deployment is another example of the Council’s commitment to intelligent infrastructure that delivers a safer, smarter, and more efficient environment for our citizens.”
System Enables New Sensors and Applications in the Future
At least, in theory, the system provides the IoT infrastructure that allows the adding and incorporating of sensors and the development of applications that haven’t even been conceived yet.
The CEO of SunCentral, the firm managing the design, planning, and construction of the new Maroochydore City Centre, said the goal was to design a Central Business District (CBD) that would remain cutting edge for many years to come. “With no legacy infrastructure to remove or replace on the 53-hectare greenfield site, we have a unique opportunity to create a CBD with unprecedented communications and technological abilities,” SunCentral CEO John Knaggs said.
“We’re delighted to be working with Sunshine Coast Council to make street lighting in Maroochydore smarter and more efficient, with a system that will be responsive to citizens’ needs for decades to come,” said Will Gibson, Founder and Chief Commercial Officer at Telensa. “We’re looking forward to working together on a new generation of low-cost smart sensor applications, enabled by the city’s lighting network.”