More than 3,000 streetlights in Aberdeen will be replaced with ‘smart’ lighting fixtures following a deal between Aberdeen City Council and technology firm, Pinacl.
The Welsh company, which recently combined with Boston Networks, has been chosen to deploy an IoT communications network in the Granite City as part of a £9.7 million project.
The smart street light deployment could enable the city to make significant savings on its annual street lighting energy consumption, as well as help with cost savings.
Energy consumption costs for street lighting in Aberdeen stood at around £2 million per year as of 2015. However, following this deployment this could fall to less than £800,000 once all street lights have been replaced.
Along with energy efficient street fixtures, the deal will see Aberdeen provided with a lighting Configuration Management System (CMS), which allows for remote control and management of the streetlights. This ‘quick to install’ system can dim streetlights and monitor light levels.
Commenting on the announcement, Pinacl’s technical director, Alasdair Rettie, said: “We are delighted to be working with Aberdeen to help them achieve their Smart City vision. This IoT project lets us build on our relationship with the Council which began with the design and installation of a city-wide public WiFi network and the expansion of the Councils fibre network.
“The new city-wide IoT network provide a third layer of connectivity that will allow Aberdeen City Council to efficiently deploy a variety of Smart City Solutions across the city.”
Councillor John Wheeler of Aberdeen City Council added: “We are at the forefront of transforming the digital infrastructure in Aberdeen, which will bring benefits not only to the council through savings but also to residents by being smarter about getting our lights repaired.”
In addition to cost savings, Pinacl said that the new LED lighting has a number of benefits for citizens and the environment.
The lighting, which gives out a bright, clear light is easier on the human eye, and provides “improved safety for pedestrians and clearer pictures for CCTV footage.”
Replacement LEDs also have a longer life cycle over legacy HID sodium lamps, fluorescent lamps and are also more environmentally friendly as they contain no mercury, lead or heavy metal and emit no UV radiation.