City of Edinburgh deploys smart controls for 64,000 streetlights


The City of Edinburgh in Scotland has partnered with Telensa to deploy the company’s smart streetlight controls technology PLANet to operate 64,000 LED lights.

The deployment is being done under the city’s energy efficiency programme and is set for completion by the end of 2020.

PLANet is a wireless central management system that will enable the city to remotely control the streetlights and provide real-time data regarding the operation of the streetlights network.

The real-time data will help the city to quickly identify and track faults, 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.

The system also measures actual energy consumption, submitting information directly to the Meter Administrator and increasing the accuracy of energy billing.

The development will help the Scottish capital to reduce energy and maintenance costs, improve quality of service and enable streetlight poles to act as hubs for smart city sensors.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “We are rolling out energy efficient street lights with smart remote controls to communities right across the Capital, starting this summer and continuing on a ward-by-ward basis until the end of 2020. We’re making every effort to minimise disruption to residents and businesses throughout and will target information to communities as the roll-out comes to their area.”

“We are working with our partners in Edinburgh to deliver an efficient and smart street lighting control system, one 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 to build a new generation of smart city applications, all enabled by the city’s lighting network,” says Gibson.

“We are delighted to be working with Telensa to unlock the efficiency gains and smart city potential of connected street lighting,” said Justene Ewing, VP Consulting Services and partnership director for CGI at the City of Edinburgh Council.

“This project is another step in our long-term digital transformation of public services throughout Edinburgh.”