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Medway Council plans smart streetlights project


Mark Say Managing Editor

Medway Council is to replace its streetlights with LED lights managed Telensa’s PLANet central management system.

Medway Bridge

The council’s highways contractor VolkerHighways has chosen the platform for a project to replace 24,000 streetlights in Medway up to July 2022.

The PLANet system consists of wireless nodes connected to individual lights, a dedicated wireless network and a central management platform. It enables automatic fault reporting and makes it possible to use streetlight poles as hubs for smart places sensors.

Councillor Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s portfolio holder for frontline services, said: “I am pleased that thousands of energy efficient lights will be installed across Medway over the next two years.

“The new management system will allow us to switch the lights on and off and dim them, where necessary. This will give us better control over power consumption and the system will automatically notify us of any faults and reduce the need for regular inspections.

“This project is just one of many ways that we are seeking to reduce our carbon footprint, improve the environment within Medway and start to lay the foundations for our smart city ambitions.”

Image from Telensa

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