Last Friday, state-owned utility Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) announced the operation of smart LED streetlights in the city of Montego Bay.JPS installed some three hundred units in Montego Bay since the company announced its partnership with Silver Spring in deploying its Smart LED streetlights Conversion Project.
Under the programme, the energy provider aims to replace some 110,000 existing streetlights with smart LED models.
In addition to the ones installed in Montego Bay, JPS says it also began operating installed smart LED streetlights in Mona, Liguanea, Washington Boulevard and Portmore cities.
In Montego Bay alone, the smart streetlights programme is expected to replace half of the existing streetlights before the end of 2017.
The programme is expected to help reduce electricity costs for the government, cities and municipalities in Jamaica.
Andrew Wheatley, minister of science, energy and technology, commented: "This smart technology provides a platform for smart security, while putting power in the hands of the people."
Digistreet smart LED streetlights
Meanwhile, in the UK, some six smart DigiStreet streetlights developed by Phillips have been installed in Chelmsford city.
According to a local publication, the installed DigiStreets creates Wi-Fi hotspots, have sensors to measure pollution levels and can be used to guide and control driverless vehicles.
The smart streetlights are being installed under a pilot being implemented by the Essex County Council in its member cities.
Essex County is made up of more than 70 cities and municipalities. Essex County Council has deployed over 10,000 smart streetlights since the launch of its LED streetlights in 2015.
The council is set to install an additional 32,000 LED streetlights under efforts to reduce energy costs.
Councillor Kevin Bentley, deputy leader of Essex County Council, said: We are taking advantages of new technology to create the potential for Smart Cities which will use technology to improve the quality of life for our residents.
“New technology allows us to offer residents more, for less, and supports our ambition to embrace technology to give resident and businesses the quality of life and work they aspire to.
“If the trial is successful, the options for these ‘smart’ street lights are almost limitless going forward.”
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