In New Zealand, the Wellington City Council has this month started replacing streetlights with energy efficient LED models. The city council partnered with smart city applications firm Telensa to replace 18,000 sodium vapour streetlights through to June 2018.
Telensa is installing its software PLANet to integrate the streetlights, a wireless communications network and a central management application into a single system.
The project will help Wellington City to reduce energy bills and expenses incurred in regular maintenance of sodium vapour streetlights. In a project with the city of Harrisburg, Telensa has helped reduce energy bills from street lighting by 70%.
The new streetlights system automatically sends a signal in the event of a fault, a functionality, which improves the life-span of the new LED bulbs.
Will Gibson, Chief Commercial Officer at Telensa, said: “And we’re looking forward to working together on low-cost smart city applications, enabled by the city’s new lighting network.”
The streetlights poles will be installed with communications infrastructure to allow smart city sensors to send and receive data.
Smart city initiatives
Meanwhile in Canada, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities has launched its Smart Cities Challenge to encourage the development and implementation of new smart city applications and ideas.
Under the new initiative, communities, cities and organisations have been invited to submit smart city proposals by April 2018. Winners will be announced in 2019.
The first prize comprises $50million, the second prize will be awarded to communities with less than 500,000 people with each receiving $10 million.
The third prize of %5 million will be awarded to a community with less than 30,000 people.
The Smart Cities Challenge is part of the Impact Canada Initiative in which the government has set a target to invest $300 million in smart city technologies over a period of 11 years.
In related news, a major city in the US state of Michigan has selected a subsidiary of AV1 Group to design and implement a smart city programme. XFIRE Smart Systems is designing a $5.5 million framework that the city will use in deploying a smart city pilot. Read more...
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