As part of the City of Edinburgh’s energy efficiency program, around 64,000 LED lights smart streetlight controls are being deployed. UK wireless technology developer Telensa has been selected for supplying of its smart streetlight controls. The deployment is already underway and is expected to complete by the end of 2020.

Telensa PLANet is a wireless central management system (CMS) that enables centralised remote control of the city’s lighting. It consists of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, dedicated wireless connectivity, and a central management application.

PLANet provides real-time monitoring to identify and track faults, which will cut the number of residents’ complaints about broken street lights and remove the need for street lighting staff to undertake night-time patrols to identify faulty lights. It also measures actual energy consumption, submitting information directly to the Meter Administrator and increasing the accuracy of energy billing.

The system pays for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs, improves quality of service, and enables streetlight poles to act as hubs for smart city sensors. With more than 1.5 million lights connected, Telensa PLANet is the world’s most popular connected streetlight system.

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