LED lighting and smart controls supported by networks

LED OSRAM Street Light
LED OSRAM Street Light

The Street Lighting and Smart Controls Council was launched this morning to accelerate the deployment of LED street lighting and smart control systems.

The Council will be overseen by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) and deliver a two-year Street Lighting and Smart Controls (SLSC) program to provide strategic guidance on LED lighting and smart control specifications. It also aims to provide comprehensive information and education programs for utility providers, private sector partners, and government.

There is now a large commercial, safety and environmental case for the wholesale renewal of street lighting infrastructure, IPWEA said in its sponsorship prospectus.

“While there is a growing push in both Australia and New Zealand to see this happen, there are a range of significant knowledge gaps, misaligned interests and out-of-date guidance for those who will manage such deployments,” the statement said.

“At the same time as LED street lighting and control systems have matured, so too has a range of other digital outdoor infrastructure assets falling under the umbrella of the Smart City.

“Street lighting increasingly looks like it may provide the enabling backbone for the Smart City and hence the interrelationship between these two aspects of public infrastructure must be considered together.”

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) will support the SLSC, with CEO John Bradley saying the program is timely given the increasing use of electricity networks as platforms for smart technology.

“We’re excited about the potential to transform streetlights from a fairly unremarkable load to a key element of the smart grid, integrated with smart cities,” Mr Bradley said.

“Energy networks welcome the initiative by IPWEA as it has the potential to deliver more efficient and safer lighting for the public.”

Mr Bradley said ENA would work with the SLSC Council and program partners to help realise the benefits of LED street lighting and smart controls technology for network service providers and their customers.

He said it was a good example of how the electricity network could be used as a two-way exchange platform, which is a core focus of ENA’s Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap project, a partnership with the CSIRO.

“The ENA and network businesses look forward to providing strategic, technical and policy guidance in the SLSC program,” Mr Bradley said.

The program is supported by the Australian Government through the National Energy Productivity Plan.