The Business Case for Smart Street Lighting: PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022 Retrospective


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With streetlights being the largest contributor to UK council electricity bills, and energy bosses such as Centrica’s CEO, Chris O’Shea, warning that high energy prices are unlikely to fall anytime soon, it’s not surprising that the UK is the world’s leading adopter of LED and smart street lighting.

Telensa provides smart street lighting solutions to help cities, utilities and local government organisations reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions, supporting cities as they strive for greener, safer and more liveable neighbourhoods. At PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022, UK and Ireland business development lead Richard Chaplin drew on Telensa’s considerable deployment experience to explore the business case for moving to smart streetlights. Applying smart street lighting controls to 50,000 streetlights, said Richard, can take 2,000 cars off the road and “a typical UK authority with a population of 100,000 citizens will reduce carbon emissions by 1,460kg over ten years”.

Richard’s presentation (and the deeper dive roundtable discussions that he subsequently co-hosted with Global Account Manager, Nigel Harris) examined both the qualitative and quantitative benefits that connecting streetlights to central management software can offer a council and explained how the shift to this technology is now considered mainstream.

What is a ‘smart’ streetlight? Which needs – e.g. residential, crime hotspots, key traffic routes, business districts – can adaptive, dynamic streetlighting meet? How does a Central Management System address local authority money, safety/security and sustainability concerns? Which local authorities in the UK spend most on street lighting and which are already realising the benefits of adopting smart street lighting? Why is streetlight maintenance leaner and more efficient when guided by a CMS with smart controls? And how are Responsible Lighting, Traffic Adaptive Lighting and Asset Management System (AMS) integration requirements satisfied? Richard provided answers to these and other questions and revealed impressive results from use cases including Doncaster, Hertfordshire County Council and Suffolk County Council.

If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us in London on July 7th for the live in-person event at Greencoat Place Conference Centre, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from Richard’s initial presentation).

Those qualifying to receive the rich presentation content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, planners, place makers, architects, green space managers, urban designers, highways & street scene, transport & mobility and high streets & regeneration professionals from councils and local authorities (city, borough, metropolitan, district, county and combined); people and place partnerships; developers, landowners and creators of privately owned public spaces; prime contractors and city centre management companies; DfT, DEFRA, MHCLG, EA and supporting governmental bodies; transport authorities, highways agencies and public transport operators; civic organisations and community groups; and other key players from the public realm ecosystem with responsibility for managing, maintaining and operating our streets, squares, forecourts, parks, pathways, retail centres, car parks, airports, ports, travel hubs, hospitals, housing estates, campuses, communal gardens and the assets contained within these public or semi-public spaces.

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A brand new addition to our events portfolio, PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how to harness innovation, technology and data science to create the next generation of smarter spaces and places in our cities and regions. PUBLIC REALM & URBAN SPACES Smart Class 2022 will be hosted in London on 7th July 2022.


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