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By Rich Handley

Darwin Selects Telensa for Smart Street-Lighting Project

Telensa, a provider of connected street lighting and smart-city data applications, has announced that it has been selected by the City of Darwin to deploy its PLANet intelligent street-lighting system. In one of the largest council-run projects of its type in Australia, Darwin will replace almost 10,000 lights on its street and public lighting network with LEDs wirelessly connected by Telensa. These lights will be controlled by the Telensa Central Management System (CMS) and will be hosted in Australia by Amazon Web Services.

This project follows a Northern Territory Government initiative to transfer the control of street lights to councils, with some now contracting for LED and smart-controls upgrades. By selecting a system capable of scaling worldwide, the firm explains, the City of Darwin was able to move directly to full deployment, eliminating the need to run a pilot system.

PLANet is an intelligent street-lighting system consisting of wireless nodes connecting individual lights, as well as a dedicated wireless network owned by the city and a central management application. The system has reduced energy and maintenance costs, improved quality of service through automatic fault reporting and turned streetlight poles into hubs for smart-city sensors, Telensa reports. More than 1.7 million PLANet lights have been connected to date.

"Key infrastructure projects such as street & public lighting demand the highest standards to ensure reliability and value for money, and Telensa's proposition more than satisfies both of those criteria," said Scott Waters, the City of Darwin's CEO, in a prepared statement. "With Telensa's PLANet system, Darwin will be able to reduce costs whilst improving our street & public lighting service. This project is another example of City of Darwin's leadership, delivering a safer, smarter, and more efficient environment for our community."

"We are excited to be working with City of Darwin to deliver a modern, efficient and resilient street & public lighting system that will effectively respond to the community's needs for decades to come," said Will Gibson, Telensa's founder and chief commercial officer, in the prepared statement. "Telensa's flexibility and scalability means that we are able to begin deployment straight away, and we're looking forward to working with the City of Darwin on low-cost smart city applications which can be enabled by the city's new lighting network."

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