Lighting the way to a more sustainable future
As of this past July there were still two million old technology-based streetlights needing to be updated in Australia to smart technology, but more Australian councils are beginning to implement energy efficient smart street lighting, as they are unable to ignore the benefits, such as lower costs, increasing sustainability and minimal maintenance.
This is one of the reasons why the 5th Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit is back in 2017. The summit is held on 13 and 14 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The agenda showcases over 30 expert speakers on smart lighting technology, replacement programs, innovative design and technology, light pollution, cyber security and connected lighting.
Some city councils around Australia are at the forefront of installing smart lighting. The City of Ryde in New South Wales has recently replaced over 300 old streetlights with LED luminaire smart control streetlights, and is continuing to install more throughout the region.
Anthony Ogle, a speaker at the upcoming summit and City Ryde’s Smart City Infrastructure projects manager, has talked of how he and his team went about planning the integration of the new technology. Ogle used a progressive and incremental approach, which was factored into the project’s budget in the early stages. He frequently communicated with the selected lighting company to make sure the products purchased were the most technologically advanced in their budget range. Ogle says, ultimately, the most important aspect of the process was to cause the least amount of disruption possible for the surrounding community.
In Tasmania, six northern councils are working together to install 9100 LED smart streetlights, improving energy and decreasing operational costs. At the summit, Craig Plaisted from Meander Valley Council and Liam Seymour from the City of Launceston will outline how these councils, while also partnered with Ironbark Sustainability, are working together to replace over 9000 streetlights.
Ironbark Sustainability is also the summit’s 2017 Knowledge Partner. Alexi Lynch, a speaker at this year’s summit and Ironbark’s business manager, has previously discussed how councils becoming more knowledgeable in smart street lighting is a positive change. Councils are now discussing this subject with greater seriousness and smart streetlights are becoming easier to install and use, with clearer guidelines, policies and strategies.
The 5th Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2017, which inspires over 150 delegates annually, features over 30 industry experts presenting on topics that will highlight future directions in lighting.
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