The urban trend of smart streetlights


smart city development has become a truly global market, with significant activity in all regions and most countries, according to Navigant Research’s 2019 Smart City Tracker.

New projects show continued investment in open data platforms, EV charging, smart grid technologies, networked LED streetlights, advanced traffic management, energy efficient buildings, water management, and government service applications for Smart Cities. This assertion is supported by market intelligence firm ABI Research stating that annual global smart street lighting revenue will grow 10-fold to reach $1.7 billion in 2026 with communication solutions based on low—power wide—area (LPWA) network technologies.

Oceania, mainly Australia and New Zealand, has been identified as one of the most rapidly expanding regions in terms of the rollout of smart street lighting and related communication technologies. Australia and New Zealand are expected to invest up to $780 million through the mid-2020s to convert up to 95% of existing streetlights to LED models of which 70% will be networked by 2027. 

UK-based smart street lighting company Telensa is specialised in the connected street lighting and Smart City data applications market. Nominated for two projects in the US and Australia, these two regions are realising the benefits of deploying smarter, future-ready streetlight infrastructure.

HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA The municipality in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania state capital, is a case in point. The city started its smart city journey in 2015 by selecting Telensa to provide their connected street lighting system to reduce energy consumption, reduce maintenance costs, improve service levels and future-proof their lighting infrastructure.

In the case of Harrisburg, streetlights had been the city’s largest non-personnel cost accounting for 60-70% of the city’s utility bill. Converting to LEDs with controls has reduced energy consumption—saving $510,000 annually—reduced maintenance costs by $60,000 annually and removed 5.7 million pounds of CO2 from the environment. The energy savings were achieved by trimming on/off times and adapting for LED output and cleaning. 

This article was originally published in The Global Power & Energy Elites 2020. Read the full article here.

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