Facilitating smart street lighting

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The need for everyday objects merging with the Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming prevalent in the further development of community infrastructure. In today’s society, there is a need for street lighting to seamlessly mesh with sustainability, economics and safety. Smart street lighting meets these demands through its ability to dim when not in use, cost less to run and ability to gather external data.

Delegates will be able to further their learning at the 5th Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2017. Hosted at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, on 13 and 14 September, this industry-leading summit features cutting edge technologies across street, urban and outdoor lighting, their developers and the cities and councils that have successfully integrated these new products into neighbourhoods.

This year’s summit agenda features multiple local and international case studies of how smart street lighting has been successfully installed. Some of the most progressive smart lighting projects are occurring here in Oceania. An example of this is the Auckland Transport LED street light retrofit. Andy Collins, from Opus’ New Zealand branch, will outline how his company is working in conjunction with Auckland Transport to replace 108,000 old streetlights with newer 70-watt HPS luminaires over a five-year period. The project was started in 2014 and parts of Auckland now feature upgraded smarter and more economically viable street lighting in public areas.

Also working to upgrade their council’s street lighting, and discussing the process with delegates, is Craig Plaisted and Liam Seymour. From Meander Valley Council and the City of Launceston respectively, Plaisted and Seymour reside in two of six Tasmanian councils replacing over 9000 streetlights with more sustainable and cost-effective solutions. Additionally, in South Australia, the Lighting Solutions division of SA Power Networks manages all government, developer and contractor street lighting assets. Part of this management includes the facilitation of maintenance services for over 225,000 streetlights. In an attempt to include more efficient technology, SA Power Networks’ manager of strategic development, Thomas Walker, will outline how the company will continue to install over 30,000 LED smart lights while causing minimal disruption to services.

The 5th Annual Australian Lighting Summit, held on 13 and 14 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, encompasses both national and international lighting industry experts. Presentations will cover a wide range of topics such as smart street lighting, cyber security and connected lighting, lighting design and place-making as well as light pollution.

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