4 March, 2020 - 17:06 By Kate Sweeney

Australia boost for Telensa lighting technology

Telensa’s PLANet smart street lighting solution has been awarded Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) certification, enabling cities using the technology to benefit financially from the energy savings achieved through dimming, trimming and managing their streetlight output.

PLANet, deployed in cities across Australia including Darwin and Palmerston, is the first smart street lighting solution to be certified for unmetered energy supplies in the National Energy Market (NEM), the Cambridge company reports. NEM is the longest interconnected electricity grid in the world.

As opposed to the traditional flat day rate used for power supply, energy suppliers can now combine the AEMO certified power consumption values for Telensa components with the PLANet logs for how long each streetlight is running and at what power levels. 

This provides an accurate picture of actual energy consumption, enabling cities to benefit from their energy savings and to analyse the overall benefits of upgrading to smart LED lighting, such as the impact it has on reducing carbon emissions.

Telensa PLANet is an end-to-end intelligent street lighting system, consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, a dedicated wireless network, 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 uses streetlight poles for supporting hubs for smart sensors.

With more than 1.8 million lights connected globally, Telensa PLANet is the world’s most popular connected streetlight system. 

Will Gibson, founder and chief commercial officer, Telensa said: “It’s been great to see cities across Australia like Darwin, Palmerston, Joondalup and Sunshine Coast adopting smart street lighting. 

“Getting AEMO certification is an essential step forward in enabling these innovative cities to measure and really benefit from the energy and carbon savings the solution provides.”

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