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Sandwell signs Telensa for smart streetlights

22/05/19

UKA Correspondent

Sandwell Council has selected Telensa to provide a smart street lighting solution as part of the region’s 2030 Vision Initiative.

West Bromwich Expressway at night

It plans to use the company’s PLANet system for wireless connections and management of the 11,000 lights it plans to install by 2022.

The council is also converting all its streetlights to light emitting diodes (LED) as part of the upgrade.

Telensa said PLANet will give Sandwell control over lighting levels, making it possible to remotely tailor them for each location and provide energy and maintenance cost savings.

“Our 2030 Vision project seeks to inspire our residents by creating a local atmosphere in which they can say they’re proud to be from Sandwell,” said Amy Harhoff, Sandwell Council’s director of regeneration and growth. “We are excited to be working with Telensa on a project that will reduce the council’s carbon footprint and provide crucial financial savings.”

The project is backed by government funded organisation Salix Finance as part of an invest-to save initiative into which the council is also investing, and is expected to pay for itself within seven years.

Salix has provided over £190 million of interest-free funding towards street lighting upgrades with 81 local authorities in England, and those projects are expected to deliver annual savings of over £36 million and 130,000 tonnes of carbon.

Image: West Bromwich Expressway, from Telensa

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