The connected street lighting and smart city applications company Talensa has been selected by Sunshine Coast Council in Queensland to deploy its PLANet intelligent street lighting system.
The 24 month pilot in the Maroochydore City Centre development, and in nearby Evans Street is part of a plan to create a new capital city for the region with smart technology embedded from the outset.
The Telensa pilot aims to demonstrate the social, environmental and financial benefits of adaptive street lighting. It will also show the potential for adding smart city sensors such as for air quality, traffic analytics and waste monitoring. The system is due to be deployed in September.
Telensa says PLANet is an end-to-end smart street lighting system, consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated wireless network owned by the city, and a central management application. The company says the system pays for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs, improves quality of service through automatic fault reporting, and has the capacity to turn streetlight poles into hubs for smart city sensors. With more than 1.5 million lights connected, Telensa PLANet is the world’s most popular connected streetlight system.
“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.”