CAMBRIDGE, England & WHAKATANE, New Zealand--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Telensa, the market leader in connected street lighting and Smart City applications, today announced that it has been selected by Whakatane District Council to deploy its PLANet intelligent streetlighting system. The project, part of a New Zealand Transport Agency programme to convert existing road lighting to LED, will involve replacing Whakatane’s 2,500 streetlights with wirelessly managed LEDs. The project is due for completion in June 2018.
Telensa PLANet is an end-to-end intelligent street lighting system, consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated wireless network owned by the city, and a central management application. The system pays for itself in reduced energy and maintenance costs, improves quality of service through automatic fault reporting, and turns 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.
“Telensa PLANet will help Whakatane District Council reduce costs whilst improving our streetlighting service,” said Council Transportation Manager Martin Taylor. “This project is a significant step forward in intelligent infrastructure and will deliver a safer, smarter, and more efficient service environment for District residents.”
“Following our recent announcement with Wellington, we are delighted to be working with Whakatane to deliver a more efficient streetlighting service, one that can respond to the District’s changing needs,” said Will Gibson, Founder and Chief Commercial Officer at Telensa. “We are also excited about the potential for low-cost smart city applications, enabled by the new lighting network.”
Telensa® makes wireless smart city applications, helping cities around the world save energy, work smarter and deliver more joined-up services for their citizens. Telensa PLANet is the world’s most deployed smart streetlight solution, with a footprint of 1.5 million lights. Building on the compelling business case for its smart streetlighting, the company provides cities and utilities with an open, low-cost platform to add multiple sensor applications.
Telensa’s Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) wireless networks simply attach to light poles. They can provide city or region-wide coverage in a matter of days, and are designed to run reliably for decades. The company is working alongside other leading vendors within ETSI (the European Telecommunications Standards Institute) to develop standards for LPWA networks.
Telensa is also a founding member of ETSI’s City Digital Profile (CDP) that will help accelerate the delivery of integrated citizen services and provide a technology road map for city leaders who will benefit from standardized solutions from their suppliers.